February Book Clubs
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February Book Clubs

It’s a leap year, which means you have one extra reading day in February! History, family and ingenuity are all themes in our book club picks this month. Choose from one of these February selections or come and share your own recent reads. Check out (or download) this month’s books and get ready to read and discuss online or in-person. See all 2024 book club picks here.

What Are You Reading Now?

Monday, February 5 at 3pm

Hybrid, meeting in-person at Haggard Library and on Zoom

Read and discuss great books you’ve read. Check out past recap book lists here on the blog.

Chinese Book Talk 中文书谈论会

Thursday, February 8 at 7pm

Meeting virtually – register here

Read and discuss great Chinese books you’ve read.


Second Tuesday Book Club

Tuesday, February 13 at 7pm
Schimelpfenig Library

West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge
Available as Print

Woodrow Wilson Nickel, age 105, feels his life ebbing away. But when he learns giraffes are going extinct, he finds himself recalling the unforgettable experience he cannot take to his grave. It’s 1938. The Great Depression lingers. Hitler is threatening Europe, and world-weary Americans long for wonder. They find it in two giraffes who miraculously survive a hurricane while crossing the Atlantic. What follows is a twelve-day road trip in a custom truck to deliver Southern California’s first giraffes to the San Diego Zoo. Inspired by true events, the tale is part adventure, part historical saga, and part coming-of-age love story.

Mystery Book Club

Thursday, February 15 at 7pm
Hybrid, meeting in-person at Davis Library and on Zoom

The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang

Available as Print | eBook | eAudiobook

The residents of Haven, Wisconsin, have dined on the Fine Chao restaurant’s delicious Americanized Chinese food for thirty-five years, content to ignore any unsavory whispers about the family owners. Whether or not Big Leo Chao is honest, or his wife, Winnie, is happy, their food tastes good and their three sons earned scholarships to respectable colleges. But when the brothers reunite in Haven, the Chao family’s secrets and simmering resentments erupt at last. Before long, tyrannical patriarch Leo is found dead—presumed murdered. The ensuing trial brings to light potential motives for all three brothers and they must reckon with the legacy of their father’s outsized appetites and their own future survival.

Brown Bag Book Club
Thursday, February 22 at 12pm
Parr Library

The Martian by Andy Weir
Available as Print | eBook | Young Adult edition

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet as he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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