Open Book Club

A library-sponsored group open to everyone ages 18 or older! Take part when and where you want. Our goal is to read a wide variety of books and meet new people! We request that everyone be respectful of other's opinions.

Library Meetings

Join us on the 2nd Monday of every month at 6:30 pm for our Open Book Club meetings. If you can't commit to every month that's not a problem—just come when you can!

*No November meeting due to Veterans Day holiday.

Open Book Club December 2018

Online Discussions

Take part in the online component of our book club. People who are not able to join in face-to-face meeting times or who just want some more discussion can do so here!

How to Join

1. You must have a Goodreads.com account to access the online group.

2. Log into your Goodreads account and click on "Community" and "Groups." 

3. Search for "Open Book Club at Kearney Public Library" and request to join the group.


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Start Date: October 8, 2018
Finish Date: December 10, 2018 (*No November meeting-library closed for holiday)

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times). Via Goodreads

Next Month: Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Start Date: December 10, 2018
Finish Date: January 14, 2019

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the snowman; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come December 25 they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences - and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition.  Via Goodreads