Book Discussion Resources
If you belong to a book discussion group or you would like to start one, and you live or work in Rochester, Rochester Hills, or Oakland Township, you're invited to check out our selection of book discussion kit titles provided by the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library. Each kit contains multiple copies of a title selected specifically for book discussions by our librarians. Some kits contain a large print copy.
- Book discussion kits may be checked out for eight-week periods to library cardholders who live or work in Rochester, Rochester Hills, or Oakland Township.
- Persons who live or work in Rochester, Rochester Hills, or Oakland Township may place holds to reserve book discussion kits.
- No more than two kits at a time may be checked out to an individual.
- Book discussion kits may be renewed once if there are no holds.
- If they are not currently checked out, book discussion kits may be reserved two months in advance by calling Adult Services at 248-650-7130.
- Overdue book discussion kits will be fined $1.00 a day. Kits that are returned incomplete will be fined $1.00 a day once the due date is reached until the missing part is returned.
- Do not put kits in book drop boxes.
- Please check contents of book discussion kits against the content list included in the kit before you return the kit to the library. Replacement cost of an entire kit is $180.00. Replacement cost of individual parts of the kit will depend on the cost of each particular item.
- Please direct any book discussion kit question to an Adult Services Librarian - or call 248-650-7130.
Library Discussion Groups
From September through May, the library's two book discussion groups, Wednesday Between the Lines & Thursday Between the Lines, meet monthly to discuss a variety of books. All discussions are led by library staff. Newcomers are always welcome. Registration with an RHPL library card is required.
Reading Group Guides
Check out these websites for reading group guides:
- BookBrowse reading guides and information and advice for groups.
- Oprah's Book Club 2.0 discussion questions and author information.
- Reading Group Choices alphabetical list of fiction and non-fiction titles with discussion guides.
- Reading Group Guides over 3,750 discussion guides as well as advice, ideas, and a monthly newsletter.
- LitLovers find books, reviews, discussion guides, or take a literature course.
- Houghton Mifflin Reading Group Guides
- W.W. Norton Reading Group Guides
- Reading Group Center includes Ballantine, Doubleday, Knopf, and Vintage divisions of Random House.
- Simon & Schuster
Internet Resources for Book Discussions
Check out these websites for further online resources:
- Big City Book Club online book discussion from the New York Times.
- Bookspot features resources for new and established groups with links to reviews, authors, reading lists, online discussions and more.
- BookClubGirl blog dedicated to great books, news, and tips for book clubs.
- iPad App for Reading Group Choices
- Goodreads includes recommended titles for adults, teens, and family classics.
- Overbooked includes reviews, author and publisher information, and annotated reading lists.
- LitLovers includes resources for selecting titles, thinking and talking about them, and short courses to boost literary skills.