Book Clubs

The Newton Public Library is pleased to assist local book clubs with locating titles for their meetings. All new book clubs should read and review the Library Book Club Guidelines prior to requesting books. Please remember to submit a new Title Request Form each time your book club selects a new title. Title Request Forms and questions regarding book clubs may be dropped off at the Library or emailed to: newtonpl@newton.lib.ia.us

Looking for recommendations for your book club? Check out the State Library of Iowa Book Club Titles website to view multiple copy sets available to Iowa libraries.

Beyond the Book

The Beyond the Book discussion group is a book club that reads popular titles in a wide variety of genres. This book club is sponsored by the Library and meets at a different location each month. New members are always welcome! If you would like to be added to the list to receive the month's selected title, please contact the Library Information Desk at (641) 792.4108.

Upcoming Beyond the Book Meetings

Date Title Author Meeting Location
February 28, 2018 The Wrath and the Dawn Renee Ahdieh Giovanni's, 6:00 pm
March 21, 2018 The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan HyVee Cafe, 6:00 pm
April 25, 2018 Small Great Things Jodi Picoult El Sombrero, 6:00 pm
May 23, 2018 The Nightingale Kristin Hannah TBD, 6:00 pm
June 27, 2018 The Couple Next Door Shari Lapena Yanni's, 6:00 pm
July 25, 2018 Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neil DeGrasse Tyson La Cabana, 6:00 pm

Racial Justice and Harmony Book Club

The Racial Harmony and Justice Working Group strives to promote equality and understanding in Jasper County through story sharing, education, and addressing institutional/systemic racism. The book club meets on the first Thursday evening of each month and new members are always welcome. If you would like to be added to the list to receive the month's selected title, please contact the Library Information Desk at (641) 792.4108.

You may contact the Racial Harmony & Justice Working Group directly at racialharmonyandjustice@gmail.com or by visiting their Facebook page.

Upcoming Meetings

Date Title Author Meeting Location
March 1, 2018 The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander Newton Public Library, 6:30 pm
April 5, 2018 Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates TBD, 6:30 pm
May 3, 2018 Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Beverly Daniel Tatum TBD, 6:30 pm