Can you think of a better way to spend the summer than relaxing with a good book? St. Louis has a multitude of sources for the literature lover who is looking for the right book to read and book club with which to share his or her reading interests. Locals and friends from far and near know reading and literature are not only relaxing and mind expanding, but socially engaging. So, join a club and get lost in a good book.

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St. Louis Public Library
Various Locations
(314) 241-2288

Price: Free to the public

Have you ever thought about joining a book club, but didn’t know how or where to start? St. Louis Public Library has made it easy with Book Club In A Bag. Just call your branch to order a bag, and pick up an already organized selection of 15 books, all packaged in a neat and tidy bag, selected from over 100 titles of multiple genres. The bag also includes a list of possible discussion questions, a short biography of the author and some websites to visit to help round out the experience. You just have to add friends. The St. Louis Public Library offers this free service to you and is available through all branches.

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Swamplandia by Karen Russell is the pick for June 25. (credit: Knopf)

Left Bank Books
321 N 10th St
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 367-6731

Price: Free
Time: Fourth Wednesday of each month at 12 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events

Left Bank Books, one of St. Louis’ most popular independent bookstores, prides itself on being a bookstore that offers the community a wide selection of culturally-diverse books. In doing so, it is also a great resource for anyone looking to join a book club with targeted interests. It offers five diverse reading groups, which meet at various store locations, and provides fiction and nonfiction selections for more than twenty book clubs in the St. Louis area. Novel Ideas is just one of the book clubs which meets at noon on the fourth Wednesday of each month to discuss contemporary works of fiction. “Swamplandia” by Karen Russell is the topic on June 25. You can email Daniel Barks at to join and become part of this social book lover’s group.

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Subterranean Books
6275 Delmar Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 862-6100

Price: Free
Time: Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Delmar Loop offers its own answer for literary lovers. Subterranean Books not only helps you organize your own book clubs, and offers you 20% discounts on your club’s choice of the month, but it also brings you Story Time. Every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to noon, Miss Deb delights the hearts of the young with hand-selected tales certain to inspire the love of literature and life-long learning. The event is free to the public, so bring your young ones by to share in this enriching reading experience.

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Main Street Books
307 S Main St
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 949-0105

Price: Free
Time: 7 p.m. on the first or third Monday of the month

Are you free on the first Monday night of the month to enjoy a book club? No? Well, how about the third Monday? The First Monday Book Club and the Third Monday Book Club offer you choices to accommodate often busy adult schedules. Historic Main Street, in St. Charles, is a wonderful setting to get together with friends and discuss and debate the plot and tenor of great works of fiction. The store provides two floors, packed full of great reads, near the state’s historic first capitol. It offers a 10% discount off the price of the club’s monthly selection. The only other thing you need to do is clear a night for literary fun.

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St. Louis County Library
Various Branches
(314) 994-3300

Price: Free
Time: Vary by event

The St. Louis County Library cordially invites you and your family to an Opening Party, a Summer Reading Club Opening Party, that is. Ten events are planned to celebrate summer through reading. Party guests can look forward to entertaining activities for kids including some Mad Science demonstrations at the Thornhill Branch. The Bridgeton Trails Branch hosts a spider exploration at the Butterfly House, and a Teen Magic Workshop certain to captivate audiences of all ages. Registration is required for these events as space is limited. Check out the calendar of events to plan your next literary activity.

Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at