Library Reading Groups

A Summer Read

We’re looking at the bright side of life this summer!

gratitude diariesWITF’s Transforming Health’s 4th annual summer read is The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life written by bestselling author Janice Kaplan.

Public libraries join WITF, Wellspan, and Penn State Health to bring you this program.  Borrow the book from our libraries.

Participants in “A Summer Read” will have the chance to win a free copy of the book, meet Kaplan during a private book signing, and hear her speak on October 5, 2016 at the Strand-Capitol Theatre in York. Thirty winners will be chosen. Learn more at

2016 Reading Group lists:

Annville Free Library

Lebanon Library Tues Evening Group

Lebanon Library Thursday Afternoon Group

Matthews Public Library

Myerstown Community Library – hosts quarterly facilitated book discussions. Check their page for updates.

Palmyra Public Library

Annville Free Library The AFL book group generally meets on the last Monday night of the month at 6:30pm. We are a laid back group of guys and gals and we welcome new members. There is no need to register. Just show up! The group does not meet in December.

  • September 26, 2016 The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
  • October 24, 2016 – The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
  • November 28, 2016 – Sisters In Law by Linda Hirshman
  • January 30, 2017 – Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  • February 27, 2017 – Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • March 27, 2017 – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • April 24, 2017 – Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
  • June 5, 2017 – Barkskins by Annie Proulx

Lebanon Community Library Tues. evening book group
Group meets the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm

2016 Selections:

  • January 26, 2016. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
  • February 23, 2016. Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard
  • March 29, 2016. I’m Perfect  You’re Doomed by Kyria Abrahams
  • April 26, 2016. The Man Who Made Vermeer by Jonathan Lopez
  • May 31, 2016.  The Witches by Stacy Schiff
  • No June Meeting
  • July 26, 2016. The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose
  • August 30, 2016. The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
  • September, 2016. A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester
  • October, 2016. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  • November, 2016. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • December, 2016. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  • January, 2017.  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Lebanon Community Library Thursday afternoon book group

Meets the 1st Thursday at 2pm

2016 Selections:

  • January 7, 2016. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer
  • February 4, 2016. Gaining Ground: a story of farmers’ markets, local food and saving the family farm by Forrest Pritchard   (One Book, One Community 2016 selection)
  • March 3, 2016. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • April 7, 2016. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
  • October 6, 2016. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • November 3, 2016. Blindness by Jose Saramago
  • December 1, 2016. Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan
  • January, 2017. The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
  • February, 2017. One Book, One Community Selection TBA
  • March, 2017.  Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:45pm at the library at 50 Landings Drive, Annville, PA.
Call 717-838-1347 for more information.

  • January 11, 2016. Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson 
  • February 8, 2016. Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard
  • March 14, 2016. One Missed Step by Barbara Morris
  • April 11, 2016. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • May 9, 2016. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

The club meets upstairs in the library at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month to discuss the month’s literary selection.

  • January 26, 2016. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
  • February 23, 2016. Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard (this year’s One Book One Community selection!)
  • March 22, 2016. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  • April 26, 2016. Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena Maria Viramontes
  • May 24, 2016. Evensong by Gail Godwin
  • June 28, 2016.  Tinkers by Paul Harding
  • July 26, 2016.  The Rules of Engagement by Anita Brookner
  • August 23, 2016  Lucky by Alice Sebold