Book & Film Discussions

Have you always wanted to join a book club? Now is the perfect time to join our online reading community! Connect virtually with others in the area through the enjoyment of reading and discussing books.

Check out our book discussion groups below! All you have to do is register by emailing the designated library staff member listed in the description and get a copy of the book.

Don't have a library card? Get one! Library cards are FREE to people who reside, own property, go to school, and/or work in Manatee County.

Murder by the Book Discussion Group

Murder by the Book Discussions are on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 1:3-2:30 p.m. Email to register.

March 11, 2021, 1:30 p.m. on Zoom
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Viewed with suspicion in the aftermath of a murder, Kya Clark, who has survived alone for years in a marsh near the North Carolina coast,
becomes targeted by unthinkable forces.

April 8, 2021, 1:30 p.m. on Zoom
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

In the remote Scottish Shetland Islands, Det. Insp. Jimmy Perez investigates the murder of teenage Catherine Ross, found strangled on a snowy hillside shortly after New Year's. Police and citizens alike are quick to lay the blame on local eccentric Magnus Tait, who was not only the last person to see Catherine alive but also the prime suspect in the disappearance eight years earlier of another girl. Perez is soon drawn into an intricate web of lies as he unearths long-buried secrets that go deeper into the past of the Shetland Islands than anyone wants to go.

May 13, 2020, 1:30 p.m. on Zoom
The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan

A bright, hard-working law student married to a faithful and devoted husband discovers that everything she believes about her life is false and is caught up in a game of cat-and-mouse for her very survival.

June 10, 2021, 1:30 p.m. on Zoom
In the Woods by Tana French

Twenty years after witnessing the violent
disappearances of two companions from a small Dublin suburb, detective Rob Ryan investigates a chillingly similar murder that takes place in the same area, a case that forces him to piece together his traumatic memories.

Braden River - Book Discussion Group

The Braden River Book Discussion Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Email to register.

March 9, 2021, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Making daily visits to the grave of his beloved late wife, Arthur forges unexpected relationships with a nosy neighbor and
a troubled teen who dubs him "Truluv" before them trio discovers healing and family together.

April 13, 2021, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
The Exiles: a Novel by Christina Baker Kline

Sent to a Tasmanian penal colony after conceiving her employer’s grandchild, a young governess befriends a talented midwife and an orphaned Aboriginal chief’s daughter while confronting the harsh realities of British colonialism and oppression in 19th century
Australia (historical fiction).

May 11, 2021, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.

June 8, 2021, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
The Lions of Fifth Avenue: a Novel by Fiona Davis

A New York Public Library superintendent’s wife
reevaluates her priorities upon joining a woman’s suffrage group in 1913, decades before her granddaughter’s efforts to save an exhibit expose tragic family secrets. By the best-selling author of The Chelsea Girls.

Braden River - Teen Books and Beyond

All programs are virtual, email to register. Follow on Instagram @bradenriverlibrary_teens

March 6, 2021, 4 p.m. on Zoom
Young Adult Book Blitz!

March 20, 2021, 4 p.m. on Zoom
Books & Beyond: Realistic Fiction

April 17, 2021, 4 p.m. on Zoom
Books & Beyond: #WeNeedMoreDiverseBooks

Non-Fiction Addiction Book Discussion

Non-Fiction Addiction meets on the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) Email to register. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs by Caitlin Doughty

Best-selling author and licensed mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition.

Mystery Book Discussion

The Mystery Book Discussion group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. Email to register.

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 12 p.m. on Zoom - joined by the author!
No Exit by Taylor Adams

A determined young woman must unmask and outwit a vicious psychopath in this tense and clever tale of suspense. 

Club de Libro en EspaƱol (Virtual!)

Club de Libro en Español (Virtual!)
Primer Sabado del mes, 2-3pm

6 de marzo= Crónicas de una muerte anunciada, Gabriel García Márquez

10 de abril= La fiesta del chivo, Mario Vargas Llosa

1 de mayo= El diario de Ana Frank, Anne Frank

Cada de estos títulos también tiene una adaptación cinematográfica, ¡así que vea la pelicula también!

Muchos de estos están disponibles en varios idiomas, ¡así que es una excelente manera de practicar tu español. Para más información o para registrarse, envíe un correo electrónico a

Classics Up Close Book Discussion

Classics Up Close meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 12 p.m. Email to register.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 12 p.m.
Jane Eyre: An Autobiography by Emily Bronte

Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its title character as she matures to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the master of fictitious Thornfield Hall. The unfolding of Jane's moral and spiritual sensibility are coloured by a heightened intensity, previously the domain of poetry. Jane Eyre revolutionized the art of fiction.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 12 p.m. on Zoom
One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
by Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn

Ivan Denisovich faces daily hardships and struggles to maintain his humanity while being a prisoner in a Stalinist labor camp.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 12 p.m. on Zoom
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

An episode of the American Civil War 1895: Novel about the meaning of courage, as it is discovered by a recruit in the American Civil War.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 12 p.m.
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
by Carson McCullers

Mick Kelly, a quiet, sensitive, and wise-beyond- her-years young girl, searches for beauty in a small, Southern town in the 1930s, as she develops a relationship with deaf-mute John Singer.

Open Book Club

Chat about the book that you just read or are currently reading and convince us all to choose it as our next read. The main goal is just to have some fun, meet some new readers and get inspired!

This book club meets on the last Wednesday of the month from 10-11 a.m.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 10 a.m. on Zoom

Registration for this program is required. This is for adults only, please. To join, please email Rachel at

Book Discussion | YouTube Playlist

FILM DISCUSSIONS | What's the hoopla?

Manatee Libraries staff and friends gather online to discuss films available through Hoopla Digital, a streaming service that is free with your library card! Did you miss the live chat? Catch up with our playlists below!