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:

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. The Library also has a collection of book club titles with multiple copies, that may be borrowed for book club use.

For more information on book clubs or assistance with your request, please contact:

Judy Ricks

Newton Public Library Multiple Copies for Book Clubs

Title Author Print Copies Large Print Copies Book on CD Copies
Bottomland Michelle Hoover 8 0 1
The Whip Karen Kondazian 6 0 0
The Shoemaker's Wife Adriana Trigianl 9 0 0
The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead 9 0 1
The Hate U Give Angie Thomas 8 0 0
The Light We Lost Jill Santopolo 9 0 0
Blood, Bones, and Butter: the Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef Gabrielle Hamilton 10 0 1
The Wife Between Us Greer Hendricks 9 0 0
The Silver Suitcase Terrie Todd 9 1 0
Seeing Red Sandra Brown 10 0 0

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
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 or by visiting their Facebook page.

Upcoming Meetings

Date Title Author Meeting Location
May 3, 2018 Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Beverly Daniel Tatum Congregational United Church, Newton, 6:30 pm