The King Library in Palm Beach will host reading groups and author talks


As fall approaches, the Gioconda and Joseph King Library of the Society of the Four Arts has released its 2022-23 programming schedule.

Starting this month, the library will host a variety of book talks, play readings, author talks and teen programs.

Most programs will continue until April, and some will continue until July, said Dr. Rachel Schipper, director of libraries for the Society of the Four Arts.

“We found that a lot of people were staying for the summer or looking for things to do in the summer,” Schipper said. “So May, June and July have been great times to organize these groups. We have a lot of readers in this community.”

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Popular adult programs at the library, which serves the city of Palm Beach but is open to all library members, include Talk of Kings Book Discussions, Page Turners Book Discussions, Florida Voices, and Biography Book Club.

The Talk of Kings Book Discussions group explores “captivating” tales in history and culture.

It meets on certain Tuesdays from September 20 to April 4. There is no charge, but reservations are required. Talks start at 5:30 p.m.

The 2022-23 book list includes: “River of the Gods,” by Candice Millard (September 20); “The Bomber Mafia”, by Malcolm Gladwell (October 11); “The Mountbattens”, by Andrew Lownie (November 8); “The Bookseller of Florence”, by Ross King (December 6); “The Spymasters”, by Chris Whipple (January 10); “The True Flag”, by Stephen Kinzer (February 7); “The Age of AI”, by Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt and Daniel Huttenlocher (March 7); and “Blowing the Bloody Doors Off”, by Michael Caine (April 4).

The Page Turners Book Discussions group explores new titles and modern works of fiction.

It meets every month on certain Wednesdays from November 9 to April 19. There is no charge, but reservations are required. Talks start at 1:30 p.m.

The 2022-23 book list includes: “Mornings with Rosemary” (November 9); “Klara and the Sun” (December 14); “The Paris Library” (January 18); “The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post” (February 15); “Beautiful Little Fools” (March 15); and “The Collector’s Daughter: A Novel About the Discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb” (April 19).

For both series of book discussions, attendees can choose to view remotely live, via Zoom, or via a recording posted to one week after the presentation.

The Florida Voices Author Series will be held select Wednesdays from October 19 through April 12 at the Dixon Education Building, 240 Cocoanut Row, unless otherwise noted. Talks start at 1:30 p.m.

There is no charge, but reservations are required.

Featured authors are: Tracy Enerson Wood, “The War Nurse” (October 19); Leslie Kemp Poole, “The Wild Heart of Florida” (November 16); Rick Kilby, “The Healing Waters of Florida” (December 7); Cynthia Barnett, “The Sound of the Sea” (January 11); Deborah Goodrich Royce, “Reef Road” (January 25, at the King Library); Deborah C. Pollack, “Florida Sculptors and Their Work: 1880-2020” (February 8, in person only); The Standifords, “Battle for the Big Top” (March 8); and Debbie Babitt, “First Victim” (April 12).

The Biography Book Club meets select Wednesdays from October 26 through March 1 at 11 a.m.

A suggested reading list of books about the King Library star will be distributed once participants register. The reading group requires participants to be willing to discuss.

Featured subjects are: 19th century English writer Mary Shelley (October 26); British writer and playwright Daphne du Maurier (November 2); American socialite and actress/designer Gloria Vanderbilt (November 30); American landscape artist and architect Isamu Noguchi (January 4); engineer and scientist Nikola Tesla (February 1); and American socialite Wallis Simpson (March 1).

Reservations for all four programs are available at, [email protected], 561-655-2766 or on The Four Arts app.

Other programs beginning this fall at King Library include:

• Color Create Craft. Held on select Fridays starting October 7, the free program invites guests to explore a new craft or work on one they already enjoy. The library will provide all materials. Classes take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are required. For more information, contact 561-655-2766 or email [email protected]

• Programs for teenagers: Open to 12-18 year olds, the free program takes place on certain Saturdays from January 7th. Activities include origami, calligraphy, photography and botanical drawings. All materials are provided. One must reserve. Classes run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact 561-655-2766 or email [email protected]

In addition to adult and teen programming, visitors to the King Library also have access to over 75,000 books, audiobooks, DVDs and periodicals.

An annual membership is $25 for City of Palm Beach residents and $30 for everyone else. New members can join at any time of the year.

The King Library of the Society of the Four Arts is located at 100 Four Arts Plaza. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For more information, contact 561-655-2766 or [email protected]

Jodie Wagner is a reporter for the Palm Beach Daily News, part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. You can reach her at [email protected] Help support our journalism. Subscribe today.


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