Book Groups @Shaker Library

Lively discussions! Engaging book selections! Interesting people! These are just some of the benefits of joining one of the library’s book discussion groups that meet once a month.

We make it easy. All you have to do is pick up your copy of each monthly read and join in!

Contact us to reserve your place or stop by the Library Information Desk to pick up your copy of the book.

Join us as we discuss a variety of award winning titles, including those from the Pulitzer, Booker, and National Book Award Lists.

Award Winners Book Discussion is led by Lynne Miller. The group meets from 2-3:30pm at the Bertram Woods Branch. Please register and pick up books at the Bertram Woods Information Desk one month before the discussion.

Ordinary Grace  by William Kent Krueger

Krueger’s mystery, the winner of the 2014 Edgar Award, is the story of a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.

2pm Saturday, July 7

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity  by Katherine Boo

Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, Boo’s landmark work of narrative nonfiction tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the 21st century’s great, unequal cities.

2pm Saturday, September 15

Book Buzz is led by Lynda Thomas. The group meets from 10-11:30am at the Main Library. Please register and pick up books at the Main Library Information Desk one month before the discussion.

  Everybody’s Son By Thrity Umrigar

Local and bestselling author, Thrity Umrigar, deftly explores issues of race, class, privilege, and power and asks us to consider uncomfortable moral questions in this probing, ambitious, emotionally wrenching novel of two families–one black, one white.

10am Tuesday, July 10
  Behold the Dreamers By Imbolo Mbue

In a compulsively readable novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream, Mbue tells the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.

10am Tuesday, August 14
  The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner

This is a sweeping saga about four generations of a family living on an island off the coast of Italy. Their lives are transformed by world wars and a great recession, by the threat of fascism and their deep bonds of passion and friendship, and by bitter rivalries and the power of forgiveness.

10am Tuesday, September 11

Do you like to cook or bake? Love experimenting in the kitchen and trying new cuisines? If so, join “Cook the Book,” Shaker Library’s new cookbooks Club! Each month, we’ll select a cookbook and each member will make a dish from that book. Discussion will be about the recipe, the cookbook, what worked (or didn’t), why you chose the recipe, etc.

Cook the Book! is led by Lynne Miller and Jim Bagwell. The group meets from 7-8:30pm. Please register and pick up books at the Bertram Woods Branch Information Desk one month before the discussion.

Have a great summer!

We’ll see you in September


  Delicious Memories: Recipes and Stories from the Chef Boyardee Family by Anna Boiardi

Written by the granddaughter of the famous Chef Boyardee, this one-of-a-kind cookbook shares authentic Italian recipes passed down from generation to generation, bringing back warm childhood memories.

7pm Wednesday, September 5

The Fourth Tuesday Book Group is led by Janis Williams. the group meets from 2-3:30pm at the Main Library. Please register and pick up books at the Main Library Information Desk one month before the discussion.

Have a great summer!

Keep checking back here for our Fall book selections


The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

An English nurse is called to a remote Irish village to observe an 11-year-old girl who has not eaten in months yet appears healthy. Is this is a miracle or a hoax?

2pm Tuesday, September 25

Mystery Book Discussions are led by Pam Tidwell and Lynne Miller. The group meets from 7:30-8:30pm at the Main Library.

Please register and pick up books at the Main Library Information Desk one month before the discussion.

Have a great Summer!

We will be back for more Mysteries in the Fall


A Voice in the Night by Andrea Camilleri

Inspector Montalbano finds himself in a tight spot as he questions the apparent suicide of a supermarket manager who had been interviewed about a robbery. In addition, he is investigating the Provincial President’s son as a suspect in the murder of the young man’s girlfriend.

7:30pm Tuesday, September 11

Enjoy a burger and beer with your biography? A martini with your mystery? Then please join us for some “savory” stories and a “spirited” discussion of a good book.

Pub Reads is led by Rachel Wilhoyte and Stacie Anderson. The group meets from 7-8:30pm at The Academy Tavern. Copies will be available at the Main Library Reference desk for loan one month before the discussion and at Loganberry Books for sale.

The Academy Tavern is at 12800 Larchmere Blvd. Loganberry Books is at 13015 Larchmere.

  The Girls by Emma Cline.

Evie Boyd is a typical teenager girl growing up in 1960’s California. One day, she comes across a group of girls in the park and becomes enthralled with an entrancing older girl, Suzanne. As Evie’s infatuation with Suzanne grows, Evie finds herself pulled into a cult that will soon commit unimaginable violence.

7pm Monday, July 9
  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Mia and her teenage daughter, Pearl, are free spirits, never putting down roots in an area for long, who arrive in Shaker Heights. The Richardsons are a typical suburbanite family living in Shaker Heights. When friends of the Richardson family adopt a Chinese baby, it causes a controversy that sparks conflict between Mia and Elena Richardson and divides the community. A compelling story of identity, secrets and the consequences of conformity.

7pm Monday, August 13
  The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

This is a harrowing look at the women who worked for the United States Radium Corporation and the Radium Dial Company, painting radioactive material on watch faces during World War I. When their health began to fail, these courageous women fought for safer working conditions that continue to affect how industries handle radium to this day.

7pm Monday, September 17