Bring Your Own Book Club: B.Y.O.B.

B.Y.O.B.: A New Type of Book Club

Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 PM

B.Y.O.B. is different from your traditional book club

1. You pick what you read.

Unlike most book clubs where everyone reads the same thing, at B.Y.O.B. you pick the titles you want to read. Each month, we will choose a new theme (mystery, banned books, bestsellers, etc.) and then YOU choose a title to read and discuss. It may get a little chaotic, but it should be fun times, especially since…

2. It’s held in local bars and wineries.

Instead of meeting at the same place every month, we will rotate through various local establishments based on the club’s preferences. Which means we will be discussing a bunch of books each month over food and drink (alcoholic or non-B.Y.O.B. is all about choices!) from local places you know and love.

Check here for upcoming dates, themes, locations, and an ongoing reading list. For more information and to register, call 330-343-6123 or email Kathryn Green at




August Location and Theme Selected!

Where: Canal Tavern of Zoar

When: August 21, 2014 @ 7 PM

Theme: European authors

We hope you will think about joining us next month to discuss books by European authors over German food at the Canal Tavern of Zoar. As always, you choose the book: fiction, non-fiction, if it is by a European author, it is fair game! Can’t decide what to read? Our librarians can help! Can’t choose between two or more titles? Bring them all! No time? Just come and enjoy the conversation! We’ll meet at 7, grab some food and drink, and then start talking about our most recent reads. We’ll also decide our next few meetup locations and themes. Call the library at 330-343-6123 or email Kathryn at for more information.


B.Y.O.B. Summer 2014 Schedule:
June 19, 2014
Location: Krockers Bar & Grill
Theme: Fiction
July 17, 2014
Location: Schoolhouse Winery
Theme: Books that became movies
August 21, 2014
Location: Canal Tavern of Zoar
Theme: European authors


Reading List

A running list of titles read and discussed by members of BYOB

June 2014: Fiction

All Girl Filling Station

The All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
Fannie Flagg

Bird Box

Bird Box
Josh Malerman


Democracy: An American Novel
Henry Brooks Adams


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin













July 2014: Books that have been made into movies


Dances with Wolve
Michael Blake


A Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
J. K. Rowling


Peter Benchley


Labor Day
Joyce Maynard














To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee


Twelve Years a Slave
Solomon Northup


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum