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Book Club Kits

Book club titles available for lending to book discussion groups.

  • We have sets of titles, mostly fiction, previously read in our adult book club, Club Read.
  • If books are to be mailed from our library to you, a shipping and handling fee of $10 per set will be charged. An invoice will be included with your book shipment and should be paid upon receipt.
  • If books are picked up in person, NO handling fee is charged.
  • Each set of books is due back 8 weeks from the time they are shipped from or leave our library.
  • The borrower is responsible for replacing any lost or damaged books and notifying our library in the event that this occurs.

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For Adult and Young Adult titles, please contact the Reference Desk at 515-222-3403 or library@wdm.iowa.gov for more information. For Children’s titles, please contact the Children’s Department at 515-222-3405.

West Des Moines Public Library Adult Book Discussion List

To book Adult and Young Adult titles, please contact the Reference Desk at 515-222-3403 or library@wdm.iowa.gov for more information.

Title (# copies available) Author
About a Boy (15) Hornby, Nick
Alice I Have Been (14) Benjamin, Melanie
The All of It (13) Haien, Jeannette
The Almost Moon (15) Sebold, Alice
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats (14) Sendker, Jan-Phillipe
Big Stone Gap (10) Trigiani, Adriana
Blanche on the Lam (13) Neely, Barbara
Blindspot (14) Kamensky, Jane
Blood Work (14) Connelly, Michael
Bloodroot (13) Greene, Amy
Bone River (10) Chan, Megan
The Bookman’s Tale (13) Lovett, Charlie
Bound (15) Gunning, Sally
Bright Side of Disaster (14) Center, Katherine
Burial Rites (14) Kent, Hannah
Calling Me Home (15) Kibler, Julie
Can of Peas (13) DePree, Tracii
A Catch of Consequence (12) Norman, Diana
Charms for the Easy Life (14) Gibbons, Kaye
Chocolat (14) Harris, Joanne
A Cup of Tea (15) Ephron, Amy
The Devil’s Company (13) Liss, David
Disobedience (14) Hamilton, Jane
The Dive From Clausen’s Pier (15) Packer, Ann
Doc (10) Russell, Mary Dora
Domestic Violets (11) Norman, Matthew
Dragon House (12) Shors, John
Dragonwyck (10) Seton, Anya
The Dress Lodger (13) Holman, Sheri
Enemy Women (15) Jiles, Paulette
The Eyre Affair (15) Fforde, Jasper
Feint of Art (13) Lind, Hailey
The Fencing Master (14) Perez-Reverte, Arturo
Fieldwork (11) Berlinski, Mischa
The Girls (15) Yglesias, Helen
The God of Small Things (15) Roy, Arundhati
The Good Thief (11) Tinti, Hannah
Guernsey Literary and Potato..(12) Shaffer & Barrows
Hector and the Search for Happiness (13) Lelord, Francois
The Heretic’s Daughter Kent, Kathleen
He’s Gone Caletti, Deb
Holidays on Ice (8) Sedaris, David
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake (13) Wingfield, Jenny
Homer & Langley (13) Doctorow, E. L.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter…(14) Ford, Jamie
In the Country of the Young (15) Carey, Lisa
Instances of the Number 3 (15) Vickers, Salley
Keeping the House (13) Baker, Ellen
The Lace Reader (11) Barry, Brunonia
A Land More Kind than Home (13) Cash, Wiley
The Language of Flowers (14) Diffenbaugh, Vanessa
The Last Bridge (15) Coyne, Teri
Last Call (14) Pedersen, Laura
Last Orders (15) Swift, Graham
Life’s A Beach (14) Cook, Claire
The Lost City of Z (14) Grann, David
Loving Frank (15) Horan, Nancy
Lunch at the Piccadilly (15) Edgerton, Clyde
Man and Boy (13) Parsons, Tony
A Man Called Ove (15) Backman, Fredrik
Man of the House (12) Hudler, Ad
Medea (2 versions, 14 each) Euripedes/Wolf
Mind of Winter (13) Kasischke, Laura
Miracle Life of Edgar Mint (15) Udall, Brady
Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (15) Ross, Ann B.
Morality Play (13) Unsworth, Barry
Mr. Timothy (15) Bayard, Louis
A Murder is Announced (14) Christie, Agatha
My Name is Mary Sutter (15) Oliveira, Robin
Naked in Death (14) Robb, J.D.
The Nanny Diaries (15) McLaughlin/Kraus
Natural Born Charmer (14) Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
Niagara Falls All Over Again (12) McCracken, Elizabeth
The Night Villa (15) Goodman, Carol
The Ninth Wife (15) Stolls, Amy
Nothing Daunted (13) Wickendon, Dorothy
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (15) Gaiman, Neil
Old Man River & Me (15) Knudsen, Mark A.
Patty Jane’s House of Curl (11) Landvik, Lorna
Playing Dead (14) Heaberlin, Julia
The Poe Shadow (15) Pearl, Matthew
Pomegranate Soup (15) Mehran, Marsha
The Queen’s Man (15) Penman, Sharon Kay
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (15) Bivald, Katarina
A Reliable Wife (15) Goolrick, Robert
Remarkable Creatures (12) Chevalier, Tracy
The Road from Coorain (15) Conway, Jill Ker
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt (14) Hoffman, Beth
Sea Glass (8) Shreve, Anita
The Secret Life of Bees (15) Kidd, Sue Monk
Shutter Island (15) Lehane, Dennis
The Silent Wife (15) Harrison, A.S.A.
Something Borrowed (13) Giffin, Emily
The Space Between Us (14) Umrigar, Thrity
Star of the Sea (15) O’Connor, Joseph
Step Ball Change (15) Ray, Jeanne
Still Life (13) Penny, Louise
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (11) Zevin, Gabrielle
The Sugar Queen (13) Allen, Sarah Addison
Sunflowers (13) Bundrick, Sheramy
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (12) Bradley, Alan
Thanks for the Memories (14) Ahern, Cecelia
The Thirteenth Tale (13) Setterfield, Diane
This Glittering World (14) Greenwood, T.
This Is Where I Leave You (10) Trapper, Jonathan
To Kill a Mockingbird (6) Lee, Harper
Turtle Moon (12) Hoffman, Alice
Unless (14) Shields, Carol
Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (14) Joyce, Rachel
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (13) O’Farrell, Maggie
Watermark (15) Sankaran, Vanitha
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (13) Semple, Maria
Whistling Past the Graveyard (14) Crandall, Susan
The Whistling Season (14) Doig, Ivan
Winterdance (14) Paulsen, Gary
Year of Wonders (15) Brooks, Geraldine

This book discussion lending program is made possible by the generosity of members of The Friends of the West Des Moines Library.

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West Des Moines Public Library Young Adult Book Discussion List

To book Adult and Young Adult titles, please contact the Reference Desk at 515-222-3403 or library@wdm.iowa.gov for more information.

Title (# copies available) Author
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (15) Alexie, Sherman
Acceleration (10) McNamee, Graham
Afterworlds (17) Westerfeld, Scott
Among the Hidden (11) Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Beauty Queens (15) Bray, Libba
The Brimstone Journals (10) Koertge, Ron
Double Helix (10) Werlin, Nancy
Elsewhere (10) Zevin, Gabrielle
Every Day (15) Levithan, David
Feed (10) Anderson, M.T.
Hattie Big Sky (10) Larson, Kirby
Holes (8) Sachar, Louis
I Am The Cheese (10) Cormier, Robert
Lives of Extraordinary Women:
Rulers, Rebels (and what the neighbors thought) (10)
Krull, Kathleen
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride #3) (10) Patterson, James
So Yesterday (10) Westerfeld, Scott
Stargirl (10) Spinelli, Jerry
Stuck in Neutral (6) Trueman, Terry
The Teacher’s Funeral (9) Peck, Richard
Tell Me Something Real (15) Devlin, Calla
Under the Blood Red Sun (10) Salisbury, Graham

This book discussion lending program is made possible by the generosity of members of The Friends of the West Des Moines Library.

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West Des Moines Public Library Children’s Book Discussion List

To book Children’s titles, please contact Amy in the Children’s Department at 515-222-3405 or email her at amy.seufert@wdm.iowa.gov. List includes Guided Reading Level. You may also view a PDF of this list, sorted by Author.

Title (# copies available) Guided Reading Level Author
The 100-Year-Old Secret (15) Level P Barrett, Tracy
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (14) Level Q Sanderson, Brandon
Artemis Fowl (16) Level Y Colfer, Eoin
Because of Winn-Dixie (20) Level R DiCamillo, Kate
Beezus and Ramona (14) Level O Cleary, Beverly
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (14) Level S Robinson, Barbara
The BFG (16) Level U Dahl, Roald
The Boggart (14) Level U Cooper, Susan
The Book of Three (15) Level U Alexander, Lloyd
The Boys Start the War (15) Level S Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds
Bud, Not Buddy (15) Level U Curtis, Christopher Paul
Bunnicula (15) Level R Howe, Deborah and James
Caleb’s Story (15) Level S MacLachlan, Patricia
Candymakers (14) Level S Mass, Wendy
Capture the Flag (15) Level V Messner, Kate
The Castle Corona (15) Level U Creech, Sharon
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (15) Level R Dahl, Roald
Chasing Vermeer (15) Level S Balliett, Blue
A Day No Pigs Would Die (10) Level Z Peck, Robert Newton
A Dog’s Life (15) Level Q Martin, Ann M.
Doll Bones (15) Level V Black, Holly
Dork in Disguise (18) Level R Gorman, Carol
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (15) Level S Grabenstein, Chris
Escaping the Giant Wave (16) Level S Kehret, Peg
Fair Weather (14) Level T Peck, Richard
Fairy-Tale Detectives (15) Level R Buckley, Michael
Fast and the Furriest (12) Level T Behrens, Andy
Fergus Crane (15) Level U Stewart, Paul
Firewing (14) Level U Oppel, Kenneth
The Frog Princess (15) Level U Baker, E.D.
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (16) Level S Konigsburg, E.L.
Ghost Dog Secrets (14) Level R Kehret, Peg
Great Trouble: a Mystery of London, the Blue Death
and a Boy Called Eel (15)
Level S Hopkinson, Deborah
Half Magic (14) Level S Eager, Edward
Harriet the Spy (20) Level T Fitzhugh, Louise
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (15) Level V Rowling, J.K.
Hatchet (15) Level R Paulsen, Gary
Heat (15) Level V Lupica, Mike
The Homework Machine (13) Level Q Gutman, Dan
Hoot (15) Level W Hiaasen, Carl
How to Eat Fried Worms (15) Level R Rockwell, Thomas
I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1872 (15) Level S Tarshis, Lauren
I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (15) Level P Tarshis, Lauren
I, Freddy (12) Level O Reiche, Dietlof
Indian in the Cupboard (15) Level R Banks, Lynne Reid
The Janitor’s Boy (18) Level P Clements, Andrew
King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige (15) Level V Tooke, Wes
The Knights of the Kitchen Table (14) Level P Scieszka, Jon
The Last Holiday Concert (15) Level Q Clements, Andrew
The Legend of Spud Murphy (15) Level P Colfer, Eoin
Lily’s Crossing (14) Level S Giff, Patricia Reilly
Little House in the Big Woods (15) Level Q Wilder, Laura Ingalls
The Littles (14) Level M Peterson, John
Long Walk to Water (15) Level W Park, Linda Sue
Love That Dog (14) Level T Creech, Sharon
Love, Ruby Lavender (14) Level R Wiles, Deborah
Lunch Money (13) Level R Clements, Andrew
The Magic Thief (14) Level O Prineas, Sarah
The Magician’s Nephew (12) Level T Lewis, C.S
Magnus Maybe (15) Level N Broome, Errol
Maniac Magee (19) Level W Spinelli, Jerry
Mary on Horseback (13) Level Q Wells, Rosemary
Masterpiece (14) Level X Broach, Elise
May B. (15) Level P Rose, Caroline Starr
Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics (15) Level S Grabenstein, Chris
Mudshark (14) Level T Paulsen, Gary
Mysterious Benedict Society (15) Level W Stewart, Trenton Lee
The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine (16) Level R Stanley, Diane
N.E.R.D.S. (15) Level V Buckley, Michael
Oggie Cooder (14) Level Q Weeks, Sarah
The One and Only Ivan (15) Level O Applegate, Katherine
Our Only May Amelia (19) Level R Holm, Jennifer L.
The Penderwicks (15) Level S Birdsall, Jeanne
Pictures of Hollis Woods (14) Level V Giff, Patricia Reilly
Powerless (15) Level V Cody, Matthew
The President’s Daughter (15) Level R Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
Regular Guy (16) Level U Weeks, Sarah
Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf (18) Level T Van Draanen, Wendelin
Sarah, Plain and Tall (18) Level R MacLachlan, Patricia
Saving Lilly (14) Level T Kehret, Peg
The School Story (14) + teacher ed. Level R Clements, Andrew
Shredderman: Secret Identity (14) Level S Van Draanen, Wendelin
Silverwing (15) Level U Oppel, Kenneth
Skellig (13) Level O Almond, David
Skylark (15) Level R MacLachlan, Patricia
Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio (15) Level Y Kehret, Peg
Snowboard Champ (9) Level P Christopher, Matt
Star in the Storm (13) Level R Harlow, Joan Hiatt
Summer of Riley (11) Level R Bunting, Eve
Sunwing (15) Level T Oppel, Kenneth
Surviving the Applewhites (14) Level U Tolan, Staphanie S.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (13) Level Q Blume, Judy
Tangerine (15) Level U Bloor, Edward
The Tiger Rising (13) Level T DiCamillo, Kate
Toro! Toro! (15) Level R Morpurgo, Michael
Trading Places with Tank Talbott (14) Level O Butler, Dori Hillestad
Trouble with Chickens (12) Level N Cronin, Doreen
The Twits (12) Level S Dahl, Roald
A Week in the Woods (14) Level T Clements, Andrew
The Westing Game (21) Level V Raskin, Ellen
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (15) Level Y Holt, Kimberly Willis
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (15) Level V Lin, Grace
White Star: a dog on the Titanic (15) Level U Crisp, Marty
Whittington (15) + teacher ed. Level T Armstrong, Alan
Wonder (15) Level U Palacio, R.J.
A Year Down Yonder (15) + teacher ed. Level V Peck, Richard

This book discussion lending program is made possible by the generosity of members of The Friends of the West Des Moines Library.

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