Consistently popular and well-attended, book discussion groups are a mainstay of Worthington Library's quarterly programming for adults.

Consistently popular and well-attended, book discussion groups are a mainstay of Worthington Library's quarterly programming for adults.

Whether you fancy fiction or non-fiction, whether you're available in the morning or after work, you'll meet new friends and discover new favorites during monthly meetings.

Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., offers two book discussion groups: Speaking Volumes meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month, while the Thursday Morning Book Discussion Group meets at 10:30 a.m. on the last Thursday of the month.

The Speaking Volumes Book Discussion Group's spring meetings include:

March 3

Selected title: "The Necklace" by Cheryl Jarvis

A kind of "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" for women in midlife, "The Necklace" is the true story of 13 women who took a chance on a $37,000 diamond necklace and learned more than they ever thought possible about themselves, friendship and the power of possibility.

April 7

Selected title: "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout

In a small coastal town in Maine, Olive Kitteridge is the complex and often unpredictable town crier, a person who sees into the hearts of others, while not always seeing herself. It is through her profound insight into the human condition that these penetrating tales are told.

May 5

Selected title: "The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer

As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey - a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.

Upcoming meetings of the Thursday Morning Book Discussion Group include:

March 25

Selected title: "Emma" by Jane Austen

As daughter of the richest man in the village of Highbury, Emma Woodhouse is firmly convinced that it is her right - perhaps even her duty - to arrange the lives of others. The book sparkles with ironic insights into self-deception, self-discovery and the interplay of love and power.

April 22

Selected title: "Flower Confidential" by Amy Stewart

For over a century hybridizers, geneticists, farmers and florists have worked to create and sell flowers that are "better" than anything nature provides. Stewart explores the relevance of flowers in our lives and history, and in the process reveals all that has been gained and lost by tinkering with nature.

May 27

Selected title: "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski

Reminiscent of "Hamlet" while also celebrating the alliance between humans and dogs, this tale follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father's death.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.