Book Groups

The Pasadena Public Library offers Book Groups at nearly all of its ten locations.

Please check the events calendar using the “Book Group” filter, or call the appropriate library to find the date and time of the current month’s meeting. If book titles are unlisted, please call the host branch to find out what the current selection is.

Book Group Kits

Have your own book club? Try one of our Book Group Kits complete with a set of 15 copies of the book and discussion questions.

What Is A Book Group Kit? 

A Book Group Kit is a canvas bag that contains everything that a book discussion group needs to read and discuss a book:

  • 15 copies of the same book
  • A notebook containing:
    • Discussion questions
    • Tips on how to conduct a book group

Help With

What Are The Advantages Of Book Groups Using The Library’s Book Group Kits?

  • Book group members frequently have difficulty finding a copy of a book they want because it is checked out from the library. This is an easier way of borrowing books.
  • Some book group members do not want to buy books and the group cannot find enough at a bookstore.
  • Sometimes book groups cannot find discussion questions. Discussion questions come with every kit.

What Are The Book Group Kit Rules For My Group?

Kits are checked out using your library card. They are housed at the Santa Catalina and Linda Vista branches and can also be reserved using the Library Catalog. The person checking out the kit is responsible for returning all books and the notebook containing the supplemental material.

Due to high demand, groups are allowed to check out only one or two kits at a time. Each kit is checked out for 8 weeks and cannot be renewed. Overdue fines are the same as a special loan at $2.50 per day. Kits can be shipped to any Pasadena Public Library location for request pickup.

The kits must be returned to the circulation desk inside any of the Pasadena Public Library locations. If your group happens to lose a book, we ask that you replace it with another new copy of the book, preferably in paperback.

How Else Does The Pasadena Library Assist Community Book Groups?

Many book groups work with Pasadena Public Library Branch Managers to find meeting room space and to hear of new books. Central Library can offer general assistance with requesting the kits and with using the Library catalog to reserve kits by calling 626-744-4066, press 7.

My Book Group Would Like To Donate Part Or All Of A New Book Group Kit. Can We Do This?

Yes. The Library is always adding new kits and we would love donations. At this time, $250 will fund the purchase of 15 copies of Book Group Kit titles. Find more information about making library donations.

For Kids

Lucha Libros • Lamanda (currently meeting online monthly during the school year)

  • For readers in 2nd grade
  • Check events calendar for date, time, and more information

Read Around the World • Lamanda (currently meeting online monthly during the school year)

Windows and Mirrors Book Club • Lamanda (currently meeting online every two months)

  • For readers in 5th-7th grades
  • Call (626) 744-7266 for the upcoming reading schedule, or check events calendar for title, date, and time

For Teens

Check our events calendar for events

For Adults

Book Chit Chat • Hastings (currently meeting online monthly)

  • Call (626) 744-7262 for the upcoming reading schedule, check events calendar for dates and to sign up

Allendale Book Discussion Group • Allendale (currently meeting online monthly)

  • Call (626) 744-7260 for the upcoming reading schedule, check events calendar for dates and to sign up

Hill Avenue Book Discussion Group • Hill Avenue (currently meeting online monthly)

  • Call (626) 744-7264 for the upcoming reading schedule, check events calendar for dates and to sign up

iBook Club of Pasadena • Hastings (currently meeting online every other month)

  • For "New Adult" readers in their 20s and 30s, including participants using speech-generating devices, are welcome.
  • Call (626) 744-7262 for the upcoming reading schedule, check events calendar for dates and to sign up

Just Reads • Online Book Discussion Group (currently meeting online monthly)

  • Reading and discussing fiction/nonfiction with social justice themes
  • Email sredmond@cityofpasadena.net to suggest a title, for upcoming reading schedule, or check events calendar for dates and to sign up

Pasadena Reads • Central Library (currently meeting online)

  • Check events calendar for upcoming reading schedule, for dates and to sign up

West Pasadena Book Discussion Group • Linda Vista/San Rafael (currently meeting online)

  • Check events calendar for upcoming reading schedule, for dates and to sign up