UMRA Book Club I

The UMRA Book Club has been meeting regularly since March of 2011.  We meet at 2 p.m. on the third Friday of every month at the 1666 Coffman Building, which is on Larpenteur Avenue near the St. Paul Campus.  At the present time, though, we are meeting online via Zoom.

We plan our book schedule for the coming year at our December meeting.

We are eclectic readers, our books being from all time periods, fiction and nonfiction, and from various genres. Contact Pat Tollefson for more information (  A list of all the books we have read is available from Pat as well.

The UMRA Book Club I is full at the present with a short waiting list.  Contact us to get on the wait list.  Or see Book Club II

East Bank

Book Club I Events

Event Date: Friday, October 21, 2022 - 2:00pm

Mary Jane Towle will lead the discussion of This Tender Land  by William Kent Krueger when the UMRA Book Club meets via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 21.

Event Date: Friday, November 18, 2022 - 2:00pm

Stephanie Daily will lead the discussion of West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge when the UMRA Book Club meets via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 18.

Book Notes I

The Personal Librarian, book cover

This historical novel tells a compelling story about the archivist and librarian who developed the Pierpont Morgan Library into a world-class collection in the early 20th century and kept secret her African American heritage her whole professional life.

    Publication Date: Sep 22 2022 - 9:00pm

Most members of the UMRA Book Club liked this historical novel. Set in both the 1500s and the present, it tells the story of William and Agnes Shakespeare and their grief at losing a child.

    Publication Date: Aug 22 2022 - 12:45pm