Literature Groups


Started in 1964, as a Great Books discussion group, following the study method of Mortimer Adler’s Great Books Foundation, the Afternoon Book Club continues to read classic world literature during the academic year and contemporary books in the summer. While we focus on classics, we have added Nobel, Pulitzer, Mann Booker and other prize winners to our list.

We meet the first Thursday of each month at members’ homes or other area locations. The starting time is 1:30 pm. Our reading list is decided during the first meeting in late summer: titles are recommended by members and then voted on by the entire group. Our literary tastes are eclectic, ranging from classics, to contemporary & historical fiction, to suspense novels, with an occasional work of non-fiction making an appearance. See the newsletter for details.

Val Bartels:

Mary Montenaro:


A spinoff from the Afternoon Book Club, this group accommodates members who prefer to take their book with a cup of morning Joe. We meet on the third Monday of the month, from October through May. Our We choose our books from among current fiction with occasional choices from non-fiction and biography. It meets in September to choose its selections for the first semester. Most of the time, we meet in members’ homes, starting at 9:30 am. Sheila Marshall has ably run this group for many years. She is currently recovering from an illness, and Mary Lou Derwent has temporarily stepped in to help. Contact her for any information concerning this group as well as obtaining directions to members‘ homes.

Mary Lou Derwent:

Reading List 2019-20:

December 16, 2019: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

January 20, 2020: Becoming by Michelle Obama

February 17, 2020: Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher

March 16, 2020: Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

April 20, 2020: Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

May 18, 2020: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


A Tea & a Book: Afternoon Club, June 2014
Library Sleuths: Afternoon Book Club, Nov. 2019