The Laid-Back Book Club

The Laid-Back Book Club is our virtual book club for Harvard Diggins Library adult patrons.  There are no meetings, no deadlines, just good books and prizes! We have 12 book selections, one for every month, for our patrons to read and enjoy in a variety of genres. Log your reading in your Beanstack account as “activities” to earn badges and raffle tickets towards the end-of-the-year grand prize and participate in occasional discussions in our private Facebook group.  You can read ahead, read behind, read on-schedule, skip book selections, and read completely at your own pace. A limited number copies of the current reading selection will be available at the library for checkout every month, but you are welcome to request copies on your own PrairieCat account as well.

Here’s how you can participate:
  • Read any of our book selections anytime of the year! See below for a list of the book selections.
  • Create a Beanstack account or download the app from your device’s app store to track your reading.
  • Join our private Facebook group for occasional discussions and announcements about the current book selection.
  • NEW! Stop by the Circulation Desk at the Library to pick up a reading guide for the 2024 book selections. The reading guide has space to jot down notes for discussion prompts, quotes, additional reading recommendations, and more. You can choose to pick up a complete booklet, or request individual sheets for the book you are currently reading. Click here to download the complete 2024 reading guide.

Questions? We’re happy to help! Contact Leticia at

The 2024 Laid-Back Book Club Selections:



Past Laid-Back Book Selections:

  • Wednesday January 11, 7pm – Ross Gay, author of Inciting Joy
  • Wednesday February 8, 7pm – Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover
  • Wednesday March 1, 7pm – Mary Roach, author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
  • Tuesday April 4, 7pm – Danny Trejo, actor and author of Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood
  • Tuesday April 25, 7pm – Will Shortz, crossword editor for the New York Times
  • Saturday May 6, 10am – Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of children’s graphic novels including the Lunch Lady series and the Star Wars Jedi Academy series
  • Wednesday May 17, 7pm – Jonathan Van Ness, author, hairstylist, and television personality on “Queer Eye”
  • Tuesday June 6, 7pm – Jesmyn Ward, author of Salvage the Bones (rescheduled)
  • Wednesday June 21, 7pm – Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass
  • Wednesday September 6, 7pm – Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad
  • Wednesday October 4, 7pm – Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians
  • Tuesday October 17, 7pm – Grace Lin, author of Chinese Menu
  • Wednesday November 8, 7pm – Bake Squad star Maya-Camille Broussard
  • Wednesday December 6, 6pm – Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb, author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone