Editor’s Note: Due to a website malfunction, this story was inadvertently deleted after it was published on Friday afternoon, March 18. It has been republished here as it was written at its original publication.

ITHACA, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Public Library is bringing back one of its most poplar book clubs with a makeover after a several-year hiatus.

Previously known as the True Crime Book Club, the new name will allow the club to enjoy a larger range of nonfiction rather than just true crime during its tri-annual meetings, which will take place on Zoom rather than in person, at least for the time being.

The club’s first read, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, was chosen by Asia Bonacci and Woody Chichester, the duo running the club.

Advertising via listserv emails, press releases and social media posts, there are currently nine members (plus the TCPL operations manager, Mary McKeon, who allegedly swiped a copy of the book, saying she “might come to the meeting,” according to Chichester.)

Though the meetings are currently virtual, there may be an in-person option in the future, though Bonacci and Chichester are both in support of the Zoom format.

“We realize that it’s offering access to people who might not otherwise be able to get into the library. So I can see that being part of every book club, you know, in the future, whether or not we meet in person,” Bonacci said.

The TCPL Book Club Kits are available for loan for four weeks and contain multiple copies of each title as well as discussion questions. (Photo by Zoë Freer-Hessler)

Chichester agreed and went on to say that there is a large number of people who have been enjoying the library’s various book clubs from home over the past two years. “I think the hybrid format is going to stick around for a long time.”

The duo is planning to use titles the TCPL has readily available for future club reads. Other clubs, like the teen book club, allow members to keep a free copy of the read, while other clubs utilize the library’s pre-made selection of titles available in Book Club Kits (pictured above).

The club’s first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 24, and the library’s book club and full events calendars can be viewed here.

Note: this article has been republished after a technical error.

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. She has covered a wide range of topics since joining the news organization in November 2021. She can be reached at zhessler@ithacavoice.com...