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
Cookies and Conversation Book Discussion
This group meets monthly on 3rd Wednesdays at 2 PM during the months of September through May.
The book club features cookies and lively conversation about heartwarming reads–satisfying endings guaranteed! 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.
Documentary and Donuts
Stop by the library on the second Friday of each month for coffee, donuts, and a documentary film showing. Check out our events calendar for upcoming film selections!
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.
Muffins and the Market
This group meets on 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 9 AM during the months of September thorugh 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.
Open for Discussion
This book discussion meets on 3rd Tuesdays at 10:30 AM during the months of September through 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! Copies of the selected read will be available to sign out at the Adult Information Desk approximately four weeks before the next discussion.
Plots and Pages: A Local Writers’ Group
Plots and Pages meets monthly on the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30 PM from September to May.
It is a group for local writers hosted by local writers. Join other attendees for a discussion about the craft of writing hosted by author Mark Love. Whether you are an experienced author or just beginning your writing journey, you are welcome to join this group for writers. Each month, a new topic of discussion will be introduced followed by an opportunity read some of your own in-progress work and receive feedback from the group. All genres are welcome.
SF|F Discussion Group at PDL
These events usually occur on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 PM.
Anyone interested in Science Fiction and Fantasy or witty pop culture references 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 pop-culture discussions at the library. Check out our events calendar for upcoming discussions!
Youth Discussion Groups
Middle Grade Book Club
Middle Grade books are books written for 4th-6th grade readers (roughly ages 8-12). The book club will meet to discuss a great middle grade book, eat pizza, and choose what to read for the next month. Free copies of the book are available to registered participants at the Youth Information Desk. Please email Youth Services Librarian Andrea Smalley at email@example.com with any questions!
Teen Discussion Groups
Teen LGBTQ+ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Community-Wide Reading Programs
We partner 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.
2023 Portage Communiteen Read Events:
Open For Discussion Book Group at PDL | Tuesday, January 17th | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Fantasy Creature Illustration for Teens at PDL | Monday, January 31st | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Registration Required
Communiteen Art Reception and Hot Chocolate Bar at PDL | Thursday, February 2nd | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Communiteen Art Show at BookBug/this is a bookstore | Friday, February 3rd | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Fantasy Creature Illustration for Adults at PDL | Monday, February 6th | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Registration Required
Cookies and Conversation Book Group at PDL | Wednesday, February 15th | 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Meet TJ Klune: Portage Communiteen Read Author at the Portage Senior Center | Tuesday, February 21st | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Please RSVP
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.