Aalfs Downtown Library
529 Pierce Street
Monday – Wednesday 9am – 8pm
Thursday – Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday (Sept. thru May) 1pm – 5pm

Morningside Branch Library
4005 Morningside Avenue
Monday – Wednesday 10am – 6pm
Thursday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm

Perry Creek Branch Library
(Lower B, Plaza Professional Center)
2912 Hamilton Boulevard
Monday – Friday 10:30am – 5:30pm

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Open Book Club

Join us the first Monday of the month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! Readers gather the first Monday of the month in the morning at the Morningside Branch and in the evening at the Aalfs Downtown Library. Open Book Club is free and open to the public.

Morningside Branch Library
4005 Morningside Ave.
10:00 – 11:00am

Aalfs Downtown Library
529 Pierce St.
5:00 – 6:00pm

Here are the monthly selections for 2021:

01_The Guest List January 4: The Guest List by Lucy Foley. This is one guest list you wouldn’t want to be on. A luxe wedding celebration of a rising television star and a magazine publisher on a remote island off the coast of Ireland turns eerie and nightmarish in this gothic atmospheric mystery reminiscent of works by the incomparable Agatha Christie.
02_The Midnight Library February 1: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe, there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, and another tells the life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?
03_Nights When Nothing Happened March 1: Nights When Nothing Happened by Simon Han. Earning just enough in America that they hope to reclaim the son they left behind in China, Patty and Liang Cheng find their fragile stability complicated by their daughter’s sleepwalking activities, putting into motion a string of misunderstandings that not only threaten to set their community against them, but expose complicated family secrets.
03_Patron Saints of Nothing March 15: Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay. All Iowa Reads Discussion (One Zoom Session Only – 5:30 pm)  Jay Reguero plans to spend the last bit of high school playing video games. But after discovering that his cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs, Jay travels to the Philippines. Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events leading to his death, he’s forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth—and the part he played in it.
04_An American Sunrise April 5: An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo. In this stunning and wise collection, Joy Harjo finds blessings in the abundance of her homeland and confronts the site where the Mvskoke people, including her own ancestors, were forcibly displaced. From her memory of her mother’s death, to her beginnings in the Native rights movement, to the fresh road with her beloved, Harjo’s personal life intertwines with tribal histories to create a space for renewed beginnings.
05_Anxious People May 3: Anxious People by Frederik Backman. Taken hostage by a failed bank robber while attending an open house, eight anxiety-prone strangers—including a redemption-seeking bank director, two couples who would fix their marriages and a plucky octogenarian—discover their unexpected common traits.
06_This Tender Land June 7: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. Fleeing the Depression-era school for Native American children who have been taken from their parents, four orphans travel the Mississippi River during a life-changing summer marked by struggling farmers, traveling faith healers, displaced families, and lost souls of all kinds.
08_The-Ninth-Hour July 12: Memorial Drive by Natasha Tretheway. A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down at nineteen when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.
08_Super Host August 2: Super Host by Kate Russo. Renting out his large, suburban West London home on AirBed (an Airbnb-like website) in the wake of marital and career setbacks, an award-winning artist rediscovers his sense of purpose through relationships with three guest renters: a lonely American, a tortured fellow artist, and a cautiously optimistic divorcée.
09_At the Edge of the Haight September 13: CANCELLED  At the Edge of the Haight by Katherine Seligman. Homeless at 20, Maddy has made a family of sorts in the dangerous spaces of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. She knows whom to trust, where to eat, when to move locations, and how to take care of her dog. When she unwittingly witnesses the murder of a young homeless boy and is seen by the perpetrator, her relatively stable life is upended.
10_Wild Women and the Blues October 4: Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce. Ordinary People meets Chicago the musical, as played out in the city’s Black Belt, Wild Women and the Blues is a mainstream historical fiction novel that weaves the stories of a grieving film student in 2015 and an ambitious chorus girl in 1925 in a tale of history, love, and secrets that only family can define.
11_Hidden Valley Road November 1: Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker. The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.