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Adult Book Clubs: 2023

Adult Book Clubs: 2023

Did you know the Mulberry Public Library offers adult book clubs for various interests? All adult book clubs are open to those 18 years and older. No registration required.

  • FILM CLUB meets the first Wednesday each month at 1 PM in the GEM Theater.
  • READ-A-LATTE SOCIETY meets on the first Friday each month at 10 AM in Stone Cabin Mulberry.
  • COOKBOOK CLUB meets the second Friday each month at 10 AM in the library.
  • CHAPTER CHATS meets on the second Tuesday each month at 1 PM in the library.
  • WHO PICKED THIS BOOK? meets the third Thursday each month at 5 PM in the library.
  • COZY MYSTERY CLUB meets on the fourth Monday each month at 1 PM in the library.

Our adult book clubs are a perfect space to socialize and explore the various genres books have to offer. Compare a book with its film counterpart, relax during cookbook club and share a snack, travel the globe during Chapter Chats, or try out some award winners with us at our evening group. See flyers below to view the tiles we are exploring in 2023. Come to one, OR come to all!

Titles may be requested in physical format through the Polk County Library Cooperative and several can be found in digital format (eBook & eAudiobook) on the Libby and Hoopla apps. If you need assistance requesting a copy, please contact us at 863-425-3246, or stop by and see us. Happy Reading Mulberry!

Oceans of Possibilities Summer 2022

Oceans of Possibilities Summer 2022

Summer has arrived and the Mulberry Public Library is packed with fun events! Our monthly favorites will be ongoing and many will be ocean themed. We also want to be sure you don’t miss out on our special FAMILY FRIENDLY WEDNESDAYS at 2 PM! Mark your calendars and come by each week after lunch. We will have movie matinees, a visit from the Tampa Aquarium, a Pirate Adventure Show, Storytelling and more! Our special events will take place in the Mulberry Civic Center which is also located on the library grounds.

Remember to turn in your # of Minutes Read bookmarks as you complete them too. You will be entered into our weekly prize drawings! Let’s work together and read 10,000 minutes this summer!

Visit us, or call 863-425-3246 if you have questions about our programs.

We Are Now Fine Free!

We Are Now Fine Free!

The Mulberry Public Library is now a FINE FREE library! What does that mean for you? Read through our frequently asked questions to learn more. If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Fine-Free Policy FAQ’s

  • What is fine-free?
    • The Mulberry Public Library will no longer collect overdue fines for Mulberry owned items that are returned after the due date. 
  • Why is the library going fine-free?
    • We want to take down any barriers that are preventing our patrons from using the resources we have available in the library or digitally.
  • Will there still be due dates?
    • Yes, we will have due dates to ensure everyone has access to our physical items.
  • What happens if I don’t return by the due date?
    • An item will be considered late/lost if it is 30 days past the last renewal date. Items are renewed automatically up to two times (6 weeks maximum time for checkout) if there are no holds on the item.
    • Final late notices, then lost item notices will be mailed to patrons as a reminder.
    • After an item is considered lost, it is moved to the lost report. The cost of the item will be charged to your account.  If the item is more than $10 then your account will be suspended/blocked until the item is returned.
    • When the item is returned, the cost of the lost item is removed and your card is unsuspended/unblocked.
  • What if I have outstanding fines on my account?
    • The computer should remove the fines, but it is not a perfect system. Call, or visit us and we will remove any overdue fines that are associated with a Mulberry owned item. Mulberry owned items begin with 30393 on the barcode.
  • What about other fines or fees?
    • $5 for hotspot checkout still applies.
    • If an item is damaged, then there is a fee for the damage.
    • Lost items will be charged a replacement cost depending on the item.
Author GEMS

Author GEMS

We are honored to be hosting a local author spotlight series beginning in August, 2021! We have authors from Polk County, Florida coming to our newly renovated GEM Theater here in Mulberry, Florida!

Save the dates for these exciting events today. Author talks, question & answer sessions, book signings and more! Support local authors from your community, enjoy an afternoon or evening out, and see the inside of our gorgeous theater!

August 14, 2021 at 1 PM Kimberly C. Moore: Star Crossed: The Story of Astronaut Lisa Nowak

August 26, 2021 at 5:30 PM Teresa Vazquez Martinez: Éxito en el Exilio – Cinco décadas de historias cubanas & ¡Viva Polk!

September 2, 2021 at 2 PM Teresa Vazquez Martinez: Success in Exile: Five Decades of Cuban Stories & ¡Viva Polk!

October 12, 2021 at 6:30 PM Robert G. Fegers: Grant Justice: The Untold Story of the Finest Attorney of a Generation

November 10, 2021 at 6 PM Mika Altidor & Victor Munoz: Chasing Vegan: Baking Vegan Fun

Contact us if you have questions, or for additional details. (863) 425-3246

New Hours

New Hours

We are excited to announce that our Saturday hours have been extended!

The Mulberry Public Library will now be open from 9AM to 5 PM beginning Saturday, May 1, 2021.

New Saturday Hours 9AM - 5PM
Adult Book Clubs: 2021

Adult Book Clubs: 2021

The Mulberry Public Library offers 2 adult book clubs; open to adults 18 years and older.

Whether you are looking to socialize, read outside your comfort zone, or you simply see one of your favorite books on our list, we welcome you to join us!

Titles may be requested in physical format through the Polk County Library Cooperative and most can be found in digital format (eBook & eAudiobook) on the Libby and Hoopla apps as well. If you need assistance requesting a copy, please contact us at 863-425-3246 or stop by and see us!

2021 Title Lists

Chapter Chats: Second Tuesday of the month at 1 PM

January: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

February: In the Woods by Tana French

March: Killing Floor by Lee Childs

April: Still Life by Louise Penny

May: Virgin River by Robyn Carr

June: American Assassin by Vince Flynn

July: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

August: The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

September: Mallory’s Oracle by Carol O’Connell

October: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

November: The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

December: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

WHO PICKED THIS BOOK?!: Third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM

January: The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs

February: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

March: Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen

April: Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

May: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

June: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

July: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

August: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

September: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

October: At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon

November: There, There by Tommy Orange

December: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

“Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.” ― Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief

Electronics Recycling at the Library!

Electronics Recycling at the Library!

Is your New Year’s resolution for 2021 to clear the clutter?

Did you receive new, updated electronics during the holidays?

If so, take part in our SPECIAL JANUARY EVENT and responsibly recycle those unused electronics!

We are excited to be partnering with Urban Recycling of Tampa, FL for the ENTIRE month of January 2021!

This mean you can bring your RECYCLABLE ELECTRONICS to the Mulberry Public Library from January 4th – January 30th, 2021. There will be a recycle bin located INSIDE the library waiting for you!

Urban Recycling will pick up our items and responsibly recycle them. This process INCLUDES data destruction! Yes, they even shred hard drives! A certificate from Urban Recycling for our event is available at our circulation desk if you require proof of recycling.

Items Accepted for Recycling

Computers (desktop & Laptop)


Hard Drives

All Circuit Boards

UPS Battery Backups

Monitors (Flat Screen Only)



DVD players



USB Cords


X-Ray Film

Cell Phone/ Mobile Phones


Telephone Systems

Phone System Hardware

Insulated Cable & Wire

Video Games/X-Boxes


Ipads & Tablets

Cable Boxes


Items NOT Accepted for Recycling

Glass Bulbs

Large Home Appliances

Household Batteries

CRT Monitors


Paint, Varnish or other chemicals

Do NOT miss this chance to get those old & unused electronics out of your house!

Happy New Year to you and yours from the Mulberry Public Library!

*Items may not be removed once placed in the recycle bin.

Community Survey

The Mulberry Public Library recently created a Community Survey. This survey will help us improve the services and events we offer to our community.

You may complete our survey online by following the link or the QR Code below. We also have printed copies available at our circulation desk.

We look forward to your responses and we thank you for your time.

Community Survey

Megan Miranda Wrote Us Back!

Megan Miranda Wrote Us Back!

From the desk of Miss Bethany,

If you are an avid reader like me, you understand the satisfying feeling that comes with a successful book or author recommendation. I love saying the words, “Try this one” and waiting for you to return with your personal take on the book.

Last year I suggested a favorite title to Miss Sarah and when she finished it, the look on her face said it all. She got it. She immediately understood why this book sits confidently on my personal list of favorite reads.

Two weeks ago we learned the author had released a new title AND that she had previously written several Young Adult novels. We immediately requested books for ourselves and told Miss Crystal she needed to check out this author too!

Who is this mysterious writer? The one and only Megan Miranda!

When we realized we were all reading her books and trying to guess the various endings at the same time, we snapped a photo to celebrate! After we posted the photo on our Mulberry Library Instagram


Instagram post showing Megan Miranda wrote us back!

If you are looking for a new author, we highly recommend Megan Miranda. Fast-paced, mystery, thriller, friendships, family drama, the occasional romantic relationship and a hearty dose of “What is happening right now?”!

Our favorites (so far!):

  • All the Missing Girls The title we all started with. A 380+ page roller-coaster ride!
  • The Girl From Widow Hills NEW TITLE ALERT! This book was published in June 2020!
  • The Safest Lies A Young Adult novel that my teenage son enjoyed with me!
  • Fragments of the Lost Another Young Adult novel but trust me, it is fun for adults too!

Summer Reading 2020

Summer Reading 2020

Hello friends!! Summer is here and it is time to IMAGINE YOUR STORY!

Summer is our favorite time of year and we look forward to celebrating with all of you.

Sign up the whole family for this ALL AGES activity. Complete & log the weekly challenges to automatically be entered in our prize drawings! You can accomplish your reading time at the beach, on the couch, alone, or even reading aloud as a family… As long as you remember to log them!

2020 Reading Goals:

Age GroupMinutes per dayTotal minutes read
Kindergarten & Under201120
Elementary – High School301680
Adults (18 and over)603360

Please note: You must be a Polk County Florida library card holder to qualify for weekly prizes.

Registration is currently open, so sign up now! You may begin logging your progress on June 1, 2020! Follow the links below to our Happily Ever After Summer Reading registration page to get started!

Kindergarten & Under

Elementary/Middle School/ High School Ages

Adults (Age 18 and Over)