Join a book club at the Des Moines Public Library! All our locations have discussions each month. Check out the upcoming discussions below. Books may be picked up at the information desks of their respective libraries. Books & Bites books can be picked up at the Central Library.
To learn more about each book discussion, click "learn more".
South Side Book Discussion: Lessons in Chemistry
Thursday, November 16, 2 PM | South Side Library
Meet Elizabeth Zott: "a gifted research chemist, absurdly self-assured and immune to social convention" (The Washington Post) in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show.
Forest Avenue Library Book Discussion:
Monday, November 27, 6 PM | Forest Avenue Library
Winner of the National Book Award. A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft a "deeply layered and insightful" (The Washington Post) testament to people who are left out of the archives.
Introvert Book Club
Tuesday, November 28, 6:30 PM | North Side Library
Love books and hate talking to people? Join like-minded readers as we sit quietly and read. Discussion optional and icebreakers forbidden. Bring your own book.
Varsity Cinema Book Club: Interview With A Vampire
Wednesday, November 29, 6 PM (Movie) 8:30 PM (Discussion) | The Varsity Cinema
This month we will be reading Interview With A Vampire by Anne Rice and watching the film Interview with a Vampire by Neil Jordan. Limited copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Central Library Pick-up Window starting the first of the month.
YA for Adults Book Club
Thursday, December 7, 6 PM | Central Library
Transgender demigod Teo is unexpectedly selected for the Sunbearer Trials, a fierce competition among demigod heroes where the winner sacrifices the loser to Sol, their blood fueling the Sun Stones that protect Reino del Sol.
Franklin Afternoon Book Discussion
Thursday, December 11, 1 PM | Franklin Avenue Library
Who's really behind America's appetite for foods from around the globe? This group biography from an electric new voice in food writing honors seven extraordinary women, all immigrants, who left an indelible mark on the way Americans eat today.
East Side Book Discussion
Monday, December 11, 2 PM | East Side Library
The New York Times bestselling author of Rock Paper Scissors returns with a locked-room mystery when a family reunion leads to murder in a delightfully twisty and atmospheric thriller, as seen on The TODAY Show.
Books That Will Change Your Life: A Nonfiction Book Club
Wednesday, December 13, 6 PM | Central Library
No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving--every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.
Reading on the Margins Book Discussion
Thursday, November 9, 6:30 PM | Franklin Avenue Library
In this New York Times bestselling novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman's relentless errors.
North Side Book Discussion
Tuesday, December 19, 2 PM | North Side Library
No specific book discussion book this month. We will be discussing our favorite books of the year!
South Side Book Discussion
Thursday, December 19, 2 PM | South Side Library
A young Indian woman finds the false rumors that she killed her husband surprisingly useful - until other women in the village start asking for her help getting rid of their own husbands - in this razor-sharp debut.