Book Groups

Cole Library hosts book groups for teens and adults. Check out our offerings below!

Teen Book Groups

Check out our teen book discussion groups! Currently, the group is divided into two sections – one for middle school and one for high school students. Each group meets once a month in the Browsing Room of the library September through May, and is a great way for teens to connect through meaningful literature. The groups get together at the beginning of each school year to decide which books will be read, and members receive a copy of each title to keep. Both groups are generously sponsored by Hills Bank & Trust.

Middle and high school book groups will meet in September for out introductory meeting.  More information to come.

Contact Grace Chamberlain Rowray at with any questions.

Adult Book Groups

Cole Library hosts two book discussion groups for adults!

Community of Readers

Community of Readers meets monthly at Cole Library and is facilitated by Cathy Boggs. The books are chosen by the members and vary in content. We select a new book each month, so it is never too late to join. Contact Cathy Boggs at (319) 895-4262 or if you would like to join!

Upcoming Meetings:

Community of Readers will begin again on Tuesday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 310. This is the first meeting of the year so bring 2 book suggestions to share with the group so that we can vote on our titles for the year. We are limiting the number of suggestions to 2 due to the increase in membership. If you are unable to attend please email your suggestions to and I will share them with the group.

Daytime Book Discussion Group

The Daytime Book Discussion Group also meets monthly at Cole Library and is lead by Sherene Player. Books are chosen by members and meeting occur during the day! If you would like to join in the discussion, call Sherene at 319-535-1105 or just come that morning.

Upcoming Meetings: 

  • Tuesday, June 18th from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in Room 310
    Meeting to discuss Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruger.
  • Tuesday, July 16th from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in Room 310
    Meeting to discuss The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.
  • Tuesday, August 20th from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in Room 310
    Meeting to discuss Café by the Sea by Jenny Colgan.


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