We offer several venues for discussing books, films, or other library resources. In addition, we regularly partner with local organizations for community-wide reading programs.
Want to join?
All of our discussions are free, open to the public, and always welcome new members! Book group selections are available for checkout at the library, through interlibrary loan and area libraries with whom we have reciprocal borrowing. Be sure to also check out availability through OverDrive/Libby and Hoopla!
Adult Discussion Groups
International Mystery Book Discussion
This discussion meets monthly on 2nd Thursdays at 7 PM.
International Mystery Book Discussion is a drop-in book discussion group that enjoys traveling the world vicariously through mystery novels. The informal discussions last one hour and there are usually tasty snacks available. Check out our events calendar for upcoming reads! Copies of the selected read will be available to sign out at the Adult Information Desk approximately four weeks before the next discussion. Interested in joining? Drop in or contact Katharyn: firstname.lastname@example.org or (269)585-8711
Muffins and the Market
This group meets on 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 9 AM during the months of September – May.
Discuss recent market trends with an expert in the field. Presenter Warren Fritz covers new investment information sources, ways to investigate a market sector, types of investment vehicles, and more. Learn about all the free resources the library has to help you grow your finances. Coffee and baked goods are available at each meeting. Interested in joining? Drop-in or contact Lawrence: email@example.com or (269)585-8718
Open for Discussion
This book discussion meets on 3rd Tuesdays at 10:30 AM during the months of September – May.
Open for Discussion is a drop-in book discussion group that focuses on expanding reading horizons through thought-provoking books. Featured books rotate between fiction and non-fiction. The informal discussions last one hour and light refreshments are usually served. Check out our events calendar for upcoming reads! Book group selections are available for checkout at the library, through interlibrary loan and area libraries with whom we have reciprocal borrowing. Be sure to also check digital availability through OverDrive/Libby and Hoopla! Interested in joining? Drop in or contact Katharyn: firstname.lastname@example.org or (269)585-8711
Pop Culture at PDL
Anyone interested in Science Fiction and Fantasy is welcome to join our Sci-Fi Facebook group. This group will discuss anything from books, movies, TV, and graphic novels. We ask that spoilers be kept out of the discussions. Check out the group by clicking here.
The group also sometimes hosts special events or discussions at the library. These events usually occur on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 PM.
Youth Discussion Groups
More book group meetings coming soon! Check back for information about our upcoming discussions for youth.
Teen Discussion Groups
Teen LGBTQ+ Online Meet-Up
Connect with other LGBTQ+ teens in a supportive online space at this group for everyone in 6th-12th grade. Allies welcome! Check out our events calendar for the next meet-up. Please email Teen Services Librarian Olivia Pennebaker at email@example.com with any questions!
Community-Wide Reading Programs
We partner annually with the Kalamazoo Public Library by preparing programs that link us to the greater goal of sharing one book with all of Kalamazoo County. Learn more here.
The Portage CommuniTeen Read is an annual community read event developed in collaboration with Portage Public Schools, the Portage District Library, and Bookbug| this is a bookstore. Selected titles are cross-generational for youth and adults to read together. The mission of the Portage Communiteen Read is to create a shared reading experience for teens, teachers, families, and community members by inviting best-selling authors to Portage. The vision of the Portage Communiteen Read is to create a strong connection between teens and the community through the shared enjoyment of reading. Learn more here.
Are you part of a book group?
Ask us about our resources for book groups including our Book Discussion in a Bag kits on this page.