Reading - Community Organizations

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Book Circulating Group

Address900 E. 7th Street
Room 150
Bloomington, IN 47405

Must be a member of the University Club. Circulates 15 books a year among members. Books are roughly half fiction and half nonfiction.

ContactPenny Gaither (Co-Chair)
booklady88 [at]
Additional ContactLou Moir (Co-Chair)
moirl [at]
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Books Plus Book Discussion Group

AddressMonroe County Public Library
303 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408

Books Plus is an once-a-month discussion group which meets at the library to talk about a wide range of books and issues. Books and other media, both fiction and nonfiction, are the springboards for discussing new trends, social issues, genres, best sellers, foreign authors, etc. Each month, the group focuses on one or more books (chosen in advance). A volunteer leads the discussion.

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First Book - Monroe County

AddressBloomington, IN

A recognized leader in social enterprise, First Book has pioneered groundbreaking channels to provide new books and educational resources at deeply reduced prices - and for free - to schools and programs serving children in need.

ContactAkola Krishnan (Chairwoman)
MonroeCounty_IN [at]
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History Book Club

Address202 East 6th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408

The HiSTORY Book Club meets on the First Saturday of the month (unless it falls on a holiday) from 1-2:15 at the Monroe County History Center. Ours is a group for reading and discussing books that relate to history of all different periods, especially those that tie in to Indiana history in some way. We read a mix of fiction and nonfiction. Everyone is welcome to join - but RSVPs are appreciated so we'll be sure to have enough snacks on hand. You can email Jennifer Borland to get the current titles on our reading calendar.

ContactJennifer Borland
jennifer [at]
Year Established2016
Incorporation StatusUnincorporated
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Midwest Pages to Prisoners

AddressThe Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project c/o Boxcar Books and Community Center, Inc.
118 S. Rogers Suite #2
Bloomington, IN 47404

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The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project is an all volunteer effort that strives to encourage self-education among prisoners in the United States. By providing free reading materials upon request, we hope to aid in the rehabilitation process and stimulate critical thinking behind bars.

ContactMichael Hoerger
mwpp [at]
866-598-1543 (tf)
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Midwest Pages to Prisoners

AddressPO Box 1324
Bloomington, IN 47402
The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project is an all-volunteer effort that strives to encourage self-education among prisoners in the United States.
By providing free reading materials upon request, we hope to promote critical thinking behind bars. We develop relationships so people on the outside can better understand and combat the injustices faced by folks who are incarcerated. We are aware the prison industrial complex targets People of Color, in poverty, and in the LGBTQ+ community.
The project exists to alleviate a lot of the pain caused by the criminal justice system, and to provide a direct opportunity for self-education and collective struggle. Additionally, we exist because prison libraries sometimes fail in this respect: they are understocked or are only able to be patronized during specific and limited hours. We exist because prisoners are not strangers: they are brothers sisters, friends, cousins, mothers, and children.
Contactmidwestppp [at]
Year Established2019
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University Club Book Discussion Group


The group Of University Club members meets on the third Thursday of the month from September to May to discuss a book selected by members the previous June. Each member reads the book ahead of time and at some point takes a turn at being a discussion leader according to the established group guidelines. Hostess duties rotate on a voluntary basis. The group meets in each other's homes. Meetings begin with socializing at 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Discussion runs from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

ContactMartha Smiley (Co-Chairs)
mjs3396822 [at]
Additional ContactRosemary Dever (Co-Chairs)
rmdever [at]
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