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

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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

Tween Book Club • Hastings

  • Call (626) 744-7262 for the upcoming reading schedule.

Lucha Libros • Central Library

  • To register, call (626) 744-4066 option 4

For Teens

Linda Vista Teen Book Club • Linda Vista

  • May: The Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

YA Book Club • Central Library

  • To sign up, email jgov@cityofpasadena.net
  • May: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

For Adults

Great Literature and Discussion Group • Lamanda Park

  • This group meets weekly.
  • Call (626) 744-7266 for the upcoming reading schedule.

Book Chit Chat • Hastings

  • Call (626) 744-7262 for the upcoming reading schedule.

Allendale Book Discussion Group • Allendale

  • May: Behind Enemy Lines by Marthe Cohn

Hill Avenue Book Discussion Group • Hill Avenue

  • Call (626) 744-7264 for the upcoming reading schedule.

Pasadena Readers • Central Library

  • To sign up, email creeder@cityofpasadena.net
  • May: Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

New Adult Book Club • Central Library

  • To sign up, email jgov@cityofpasadena.net
  • May: The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

West Pasadena Book Discussion Group • Linda Vista/San Rafael

  • Call (626) 744-7270 for the upcoming reading schedule.

Rave Reviews • Lamanda Park

  • Hear reviews of the latest books, the ones you might not notice otherwise.