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Outdoor Explorer Book Club 

For readers who enjoy books about nature and outdoor adventure! Second Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. at different venues in the Chapel Hill/Hillsborough area. Please email for more details.

August 12 - The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. Meeting place: Coker Arboretum, Chapel Hill.

September 9The Beekeepers Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America by Hannah Nordhaus. Meeting place: Blackwood Farm Park, 4215 NC 86, Hillsborough, NC. (Tie-in program:  Orange County Beekeeper’s Association presents All About Bees – Main Library in Hillsborough, September 15, 2 p.m.)

October 14 - From Laurel Hill to Siler’s Bog: The Walking Adventures of a Naturalist by John K. Terres
Meeting Place: NC Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill. Post-discussion event – Mason Farm Biological Reserve. 

November 11 - The Overstory by Richard Powers. Meeting place: The Root Cellar, 750 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill.

December 9 - Woodswoman by Anne LaBastille. Meeting place: Weaver Street Market, 228 S. Churton St, Hillsborough.


First Monday Classics 
First Monday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Main Library. Each discussion is led by one of these local authors, Ariel Djanikian, Clay Griffith, Nathan Kotecki, or James Maxey. Please email for more details.


July 2 - The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
August 6 - The Grifters by Jim Thompson
September – holiday – no meeting
October 1 - TBA
November 5 - To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
December 3 - Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Tuesday Evening Book Club 
Second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Main Library. Please email for more details.


June 12 – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
July 10 – Your choice of any book by Elizabeth Spencer
August 14– The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
September 11 - Readers’ choice
October 9 – Your choice of any book about World War I


Carrboro Branch Adult Book Club 
Fourth Tuesday of the Month at 6:30 pm at the Carrboro Branch. Join us for this free monthly librarian-led discussion. Copies of the book are usually available. Please call the Carrboro Branch at 919.969.3006 or email for more details.


June 26Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
July 24 - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
August 28The Power by Naomi Alderman


Book Club Kits

The library provides two types of Book Club Kits. 

  • A regular Book Club Kit comes with six copies of the title in hardback or paperback.
  • A Book Club Kit+ comes with copies of the title in a variety of formats. It may include a large print version, an audiobook version, or a DVD if the book has been made into a movie.

For more information and to see a list of our current Book Club Kits, click here. Every kit includes a reader’s guide, including discussion questions and/or an author spotlight. This document can be found on our website as a PDF. Read our FAQ page for more information.