Adult Book Discussion Groups

For more information and to register for Tales & Talk or Rebellious Reads, call 423-434-4454, email the Adult Services Department, or visit the Information Desk on the library’s second floor.

Traveling Tales

Traveling Tales is a collection of book discussion kits that are available to library patrons who want to start or facilitate a book discussion group. Each kit contains up to 12 copies of the book along with a reading guide, and may be checked out for eight weeks. Kits are checked out to one member of the group, and include a sign-out sheet for the group to keep track of the books. Kits are checked out at, and must be returned to, the Circulation Desk on the library’s first floor; kits cannot be put in the outside book drop box, and all the books must be returned at one time – group members cannot return books individually. Click here to browse the library’s available Traveling Tales kits.

For more information and to reserve a kit, call 423-434-4455, visit the Circulation Desk, or email the Circulation Department.

Rebellious Reads

Tackle controversial, banned, and challenged books by joining Rebellious Reads, a fresh, thought-provoking book club for the intrepid reader. While the topics covered may be unsettling for some readers, all books chosen are works that have achieved a substantial and lasting literary significance. Group members discuss the books in a respectful atmosphere that supports a platform for expression and cultivates empathy and perspective. Special loan copies are provided for the first 10 registrants; additional copies are available for checkout at JCPL, other libraries in our consortium, and R.E.A.D.S. The group meets four times a year at off-site, downtown locations.

Tales & Talk

Tales & Talk is a book discussion group that meets on the second Thursdays of March, April, May, September, October, and November. Discussions are held from 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. in the library’s second floor board room. Adult Services librarians select titles from a variety of genres that address thought-provoking topics. Lively discussions are led by librarians for a deeper understanding of these works. A limited number of book copies are available to regular group attendees to borrow or to purchase, and Adult Services staff can assist members with borrowing additional copies from area libraries.