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Friends of the Library Book Discussion Group

At this time, the Friends of the Library and Literary Affairs are offering virtual book discussion meetings through the video-conference platform Zoom. For more information on how you can participate in these online book discussions, email to join.

Even if you have not read the book yet, you are welcome to attend. 

The following book discussions will be held in virtual format:



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Tuesday, January 4
, 10:15 a.m.
Wednesday, January 12, 10:15 a.m.
Thursday, January 20, 1:00 p.m.

FOL 2022 Jan 
Anxious People 
by Fredrik Backman

Libby eBook, Libby Audiobookrequest a copy

Tuesday, February 1
, 10:15 a.m.
Wednesday, February 9, 10:15 a.m.
Thursday, February 17, 1:00 p.m.

The Night Watchman 
BY Louise Erdrich

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Tuesday, March 1
, 10:15 a.m.
Wednesday, March 9, 10:15 a.m.
Thursday, March 17, 1:00 p.m.

Klara And The Sun 
BY Kazuo Ishiguro

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Tuesday, April 5
, 10:15 a.m.
Wednesday, April 13, 10:15 a.m.
Thursday, April 21, 1:00 p.m.


Copies of books discussed are available in eBook and audiobook formats and can be checked out through our Library’s Digital Branch.

Jim J's Jukebox - Discovering America's Music


Jim J
2022 Spring SESSION:
      • Wednesday, April 6 - (virtual session via Zoom)
      • Wednesday, May 25 - (virtual session via Zoom)

Please note new start time: 6:00 p.m.

Email OR call (310) 288-2244 to RSVP

You can catch up on most recent program below:

If you haven't already done so, set up a Zoom account: - Go to: and sign up for your free account.

The meetings are best viewed on a computer or laptop due to screen size. If using a phone or iPad, you will need to download the Zoom app on the device. -

After you create your account, download the app on the device you plan to use here:

Zoom link will be sent out to registered attendees the day prior to the program.

American Songbook buff Jim Jimirro shares facts, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and music from his collection.

Join many who have enjoyed his vibrant and informed perspective on the music of Berlin, Porter, Ellington, and Gershwin, the lyrics of Mercer and Hammerstein, and the stylings of Sinatra and Fitzgerald. Mr. Jimirro was founding president of The Disney Channel and Walt Disney Home Video and is currently Chairman of the Board of National Lampoon.

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Notable Past Events


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An Evening with Author
Jill Schary Robinson

Virtual Author Program Event 

Jill Schary Robinson is author of several renowned memoirs, including With a Cast of Thousands, Bed/Time/Story, and Past Forgetting. She is the daughter of Dore Schary, the Oscar and Tony Award winning writer, producer, and head of MGM. As a copywriter for the advertising agency FCB, Robinson trained with Helen Gurley Brown. Robinson also wrote on women’s issues for Cosmopolitan and covered political trials for the Soho Weekly News. Her first memoir, With a Cast of Thousands is about her experiences growing up among celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor and Adlai Stevenson. In 2005, Robinson was given a lifetime grant to develop the non-profit Wimpole Street Writers program, which continues both in London and Los Angeles. In 2009, she was instrumental in saving the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s retirement home.


Program Proposals

Thank you for your interest in presenting a program at Beverly Hills Public Library.  The Library is open for reduced hours until further notice.  We are currently accepting proposals for new programs for the months of January, February, and March of 2022.  

If you are still interested in submitting a program proposal, please see our policy for instructions on submitting program proposals.

If you are interested in renting a room for your meeting or event, please see the City of Beverly Hills’ Facilities Rental page.  Please check back with us in fall of 2021.

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