Book Clubs

Book Clubs

Join us each month for a fun and lively book club experience!

If you like to exercise your physical as well as your literary muscles, the Walking Book Club explores the trails of Vail and the themes of the book of the month.  When the snow starts to fall, the Walking Book Club transforms into the Ski and Read Club, with members meeting to discuss the book and then take to the slopes!

If you’d rather enjoy the beauty of nature through a window, and join in a discussion of the book of the month over light refreshments, please join us for Books ‘n’ Bites.  Once a month this group meets in the Community Room to share conversation and sample foods inspired by the book of the month.

Finally, we offer a seasonal Spanish Language book club!  This season’s theme is “Blind Date with a Book” and books (wrapped to avoid giving away the title or author) are available at the Library’s Service Desk.


The book for November is Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, and copies are available at the front desk.

The Book Club selection for the 2017 Month of Austen is Northanger Abbey.  Please join us in reading this lesser known novel by Jane Austen, and then attend the Evening of Engagement with Ursula Gross to delve deeper into the volume.  A selection of Regency Era treats will be served during this meeting.

Northanger Abbey was the first of Jane Austen’s novels to be completed for publication, in 1803, but it wasn’t until after her death in 1817 that it was published, along with her other novel Persuasion.   The novel is a satire of the Gothic novels popular at the time of its first writing in 1798–99.  This “coming of age,” story revolves around the main character, Catherine, a young and naïve “heroine,” who entertains us on her journey of self-knowledge as she gains a better understanding of the world and those around her.   Because of her experiences, reality sets in and she discovers that she is not like other women who crave for wealth or social acceptance, but instead she is a true heroine in that she is an ordinary young woman who wishes to have nothing but happiness and a genuine sense of morality.

The novel is more explicitly comic than her other works and contains many literary allusions that her parents and siblings would have enjoyed, as a family entertainment—a piece of lighthearted parody to be read aloud by the fireside. The novel names many of the Gothic novels of that time and includes direct commentary by Austen on the value of novels, which were not valued as much as nonfiction or historical fiction.

Books ‘n’ Bites will meet in the Community Room on Wednesday, November 8th, at 5:30pm.  And this month we will be joined by Professor Ursula Gross!  Professor Gross received her M.A. in English from Georgetown University and wrote her thesis about how Jane Austen is read and interpreted today.  She has been an active part of Vail Public Library’s Month of Austen for many years.


Cita  A Ciegas con un Libro – Club de Lectura en Español

Atrévetedescubrir un libro  sin conocer siquiera su titulo.

  • Elige tu libro: en el exterior de el libro se han añadido algunas pistas para los lectores y ver cual capta su atención.
  • Llévalo al mostrador de la biblioteca.
  • No lo abras hasta llegar a tu casa y dale la oportunidad de conquistarte.



Past Books Include:

October 2017: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

September 2017: The Japenese Lover by Isabel Allende

August 2017: Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

July 2017: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

June 2017: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

May 2017: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

April 2017: One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

March 2017: The High Divide by Lin Enger

February 2017: The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

January 2017: Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok

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