Mayor's Book Club

The Mayor’s Book Club is an annual citywide reading campaign that provides a community experience through reading and discussion of shared books. The program’s goal is to deepen our collective appreciation of literature, to increase the visibility of the Austin Public Library, and to promote the Library’s value to the entire community.

Each year, we select a book (or books), and invite all of Austin to read with us and join us for a series of programs that explore the book’s themes, questions, and foundations.

We hope all of Austin will join us in reading this year's Mayor's Book Club selection:
The Library Book by Susan Orlean

It's a beautifully written testament to our favorite institution -- the public library. We fell in love with this accomplished work of nonfiction the moment we beheld its sturdy red cover with shimmering gold letters.

The pages inside are equally stunning and memorable. The book begins with a specific story about a mysterious arson in the L.A. Library in the 1980s. But what follows is an insightful, spiraling, witty, and tender treatise on the importance of libraries, how they help us grow and evolve, and how they function as society's great equalizer.

We invite all of Austin to join us for a season of reading, conversation, storytelling, and inquiry around this marvelous book. This year's programs include an author appearance by Susan Orlean, a presentation on the history of the Austin Public Library, and an invitation to submit your own Library Love Story, which may be selected to air on KUT 90.5!

Mayor's Book Club Programs

Austin Public Library Time Travel

Tuesday, October 8, 6-8pm
Faulk Library

A fun, funky presentation on the history of the Austin Public Library system.

An Afternoon in the Library with Susan Orlean

Saturday, November 9, 1-3pm
Austin Central Library

Susan Orlean discusses The Library Book with Texas Literary Hall of Fame honoree (and library hologram) Sarah Bird.

Has the library changed your life? Opened new doors? Ignited new passions?

We want to hear your Library Love Story!

It's easy to submit and all ages are welcome. Selected stories will air on KUT 90.5 or appear in future Mayor's Book Club programs. Stories will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we encourage everyone to submit as early as possible. Submissions will close on Tuesday, August 20. You will be contacted if your story is selected.

Library Love Story Writing Workshops

If you'd like extra guidance and inspiration as you craft your Library Love Story, join us for a creative writing workshop before you submit! All workshops are free.

Monday, May 20, 6-8pm
Cepeda Branch

Saturday, June 1, 10am-12pm
Carver Branch

Monday, July 8, 6-8pm
Old Quarry Branch

Saturday, July 13, 10am-12pm
Spicewood Springs Branch

Wednesday, July 31, 6-8pm
Twin Oaks Branch

Tuesday, August 13, 6-8pm
Ruiz Branch