Book Clubs


Join the Discussion

Book Talk meets monthly on the last Monday of the month at 10:00 am.
This group gathers in the library's meeting room for discussion. Everyone welcome.

Join us in our love of books!
We’ll provide a reading suggestion for each month. You pick your own book to read.


Monthly Reading Themes for 2024
January: Title matches song lyrics
February: Book with a yellow spine
March: Iowa author
April: Subject you know little about
May: By a neurodivergent author
June: All read the same title
July: House on the cover
August: Set in the 1960's
September: Banned book
October: Released in 2024
November: Graphic novel
December: Set during a holiday you don't celebrate


Past Book Club  selections can be found here.

There's a new book club coming to town!

Oelwein Reads

This new Community Book Club will meet quarterly in Ampersand’s fireplace room located at 110 S. Frederick Avenue in Oelwein. The focus will be on books about Iowa or the Midwest. The first meeting will be on January 25, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. The first book will be The Plea: The True Story of Young Wesley Elkins and His Struggles for Redemption by Patricia L. Bryan. The library has one copy of this book and will Interlibrary Loan more for interested patrons. 

Stop in to get a copy of the book to check out.

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Brief summary of this book:
On a moonlit night in 1889, Iowa farmer John Elkins and his young wife, Hattie, were brutally murdered in their bed. Eight days later, their son, eleven-year-old Wesley Elkins, was arrested and charged with murder. The community reeled with shock by both the gruesome details of the homicides and the knowledge of the accused perpetrator - a small, quiet boy weighing just 75 pounds.


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For more information on Book Club contact Deann at the library.
319-283-1515 or email at