One Read Book Discussion Impresses and Inspires

First Thursday One Read Book Discussion
First Thursday One Read Book Discussion, led by library board member Julie Baka.

We always hope that One Read participants make connections with each other, enjoy celebrating the power of a book and learn something in the process. Columbia resident Patty Jo Long attended a One Read book discussion of “The Tiger’s Wife,” and she felt moved to write about experiencing a little bit of magic. She graciously agreed to allow us to share some of her words with you, and part of her essay appears below. (Please note that her essay includes a few plot spoilers if you have not yet finished the book.)

I went to a meeting yesterday–I don’t go to meetings often because–because I don’t like them. But there are exceptions for all things. What lay ahead for me was a glorious example. I was at the library to pick up a couple of books I had on reserve and ran into a friend–then another friend appeared, then a third, all coincidentally–it was fate. They were all headed for the meeting and quite persuasive in their arguments for me to go, too. The topic was Columbia’s One Read book, “The Tiger’s Wife…”

The group of thirty or so eagerly jumped right in, no one monopolized, and almost everyone had something to say. It reminded me of a long ago college English class I sat in on conducted by a professor I admired who had the shyest freshman in the back row responding enthusiastically within fifteen minutes. Read More

One Read Online Book Club Starts Today!

Our first post for the One Read online book club is up over at the Columbia Tribune’s website. Reading these plot summaries and discussion questions is helpful if you haven’t yet read “The Tiger’s Wife” or if you read the book earlier this year but want to refresh your memory in preparation for the book discussions and other great programs we have coming up in September. (By the way, this list of programs is now online as well, with our print program soon to follow.)



Catch Up With The Tiger’s Wife on the Airwaves or Online

If reading “The Tiger’s Wife” never quite made it to the top of your summer to-do list, you can read plot summaries and discussion questions that will be part of the Columbia Daily Tribune’s One Read book club or listen to the audiobook broadcast on KOPN.

Starting Monday, August 20, weekly posts on the on the Art Axis blog will outline a portion of the novel and pose questions to stimulate further conversation. Join in by posting your comments and engaging with other readers.

If you want to experience the entire novel, listen to the book in 30-minute segments on KOPN (89.5 FM) every weekday from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. starting August 24. (No broadcast on Monday, September 3, Labor Day.)

There is a way for every reader to participate in this year’s One Read program. We hope you will join us!

March Book Discussions

Juno's Daughters by Lise Saffran

March has arrived, which means it is time for another round of book discussions at your library! Bring a brown bag lunch or dinner and join us for bookish good fun.

The first Wednesday book group at the Callaway County Public Library meets each month at noon and will discuss “Witch Child” by Celia Rees on March 2 (this is the rescheduled date for the February 2 discussion canceled due to snow). The first Thursday book group at the Columbia Public Library meets at noon and 7:00 pm (take your pick!) and will discuss “Juno’s Daughters” by local author Lise Saffran on March 3. Ms. Saffran will also be at the library to discuss the book on March 23. Read More

Your Best Book Group Picks

Book Discussion Kit

While we are in the nominating spirit here at One Read, consider this question. What are your favorite “discussible” books – those that inspire animated dialog and thought-provoking exchanges among readers? Your library has created book discussion kits for many titles we think fit the bill, including Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help,” Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” and Daniel Woodrell’s “Winter’s Bone.” The folks at Reading Group Choices are conducting a survey to determine what book groups consider the best discussible books. Weigh in by March 25 for a chance to win $100 for your book club! Or simply comment here to share with other readers the title that had your book group buzzing.