Library to Host Live Zoom Book Discussion for Adults

(Joplin, MO) – The Joplin Public Library (JPL) is hosting a virtual Book Discussion about the adult fiction title Later by Stephen King on Friday, July 16 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The online meeting for adults to discuss the novel together, will be facilitated through the Zoom website or mobile app. Individuals may receive help on how to access Zoom from the Reference Desk at the Library.

The Book Discussion is free and open to the public, with no Library card required to participate. Email or visit the Library’s Reference Desk to receive a link to the meeting, or with any questions. If you join the meeting from a smartphone or tablet, you will have video and audio capabilities to be able to communicate.

JPL has six copies of Later available for checkout, or the title can be accessed by the Missouri Libraries 2 Go app called Overdrive/Libby. A Library card is necessary for book checkout. Library cards are FREE for EVERYONE at Joplin Public Library to be used until July 25. Apply in person with your photo ID at 1901 E. 20th Street in Joplin or visit

Later is an adult hard case crime mystery, and the most recently published novel from hugely popular author Stephen King (It, The Shining, Carrie). The synopsis from the Library’s catalog reads: “The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine, as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.”

For more information about the Book Discussion, please contact Chelsey Gatewood or Luke Blevins by phone at 417.623.7953 or email at or

About Joplin Public Library: 

Since 1902, JPL has been fulfilling the information needs of citizens of Joplin and the surrounding community. JPL opens tomorrow’s doors today through diverse opportunities to learn, create, explore, and have fun.


Luke Blevins, Adult Programming Coordinator
Joplin Public Library

Chelsey Gatewood, Public Relations/Marketing Assistant
Joplin Public Library

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