Williamsburg Regional Library staff lead four monthly, themed book discussion groups. Here's how to participate:
Choose any book that reflects the topic of the month. It can be fiction or nonfiction, adult or young adult.
Briefly introduce yourself and make sure you state the title and author of the book that you read.
Plan to discuss your book for about three minutes.
Don't talk about all the details of the plot; just tell us enough to understand the basic setup.
Some things to think about:
What did you like about the book? Was there something you disliked? What kind of reader might also like it?
What did you think the book’s strengths were – for example, language, characters, setting?
What were its weaknesses?
Did you like the book enough to read more by the same author?
Don't give away the end of the book or the specifics of major plot twists.
Contemporary Fiction group
2nd Mondays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Stryker Center
Join a discussion about modern authors and fiction published between 1990 and today. We'll be talking about these themes:
- June 13 - Family (any title that deals with family relationships and dynamics) - sample titles
- July 11 - Best Books, 2013 - 2015 (prize-winning or best-reviewed fiction) - sample titles
Crime and Mystery group
3rd Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m., Williamsburg Library
Dog Mysteries (June 15)
World War II (July 20)
Some sample titles (click the covers to find each book in the catalog)
Previous themes and sample titles:
- Culinary Mysteries (May 18)
History & Biography group at the James City County Library (new day starting in June)
Participants can read any Fiction or Nonfiction title about times past. During the discussion, everyone will be invited to share a brief review of their selection.
Thursday, May 26, 7-8 p.m., James City County Library
Beginning in June, the History and Biography discussion group will move to the 3rd Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m., James City County Library
- June 21
- July 19
- August 16
Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club
3rd Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., James City County Library
Participants discuss themes and specific books in the realm of speculative fiction. Here's a list of 2016's upcoming themes. Group members read books in the chosen theme, and volunteer leaders talk about the highlights and characteristics of that theme.
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Please contact Readers' Services Librarian Andrew Smith at 259.4050 for more information.