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Virtual Book Club
Mondays, 9 AM via Zoom

Book Club meets via Zoom every Monday from 9 am - 10 am.  If you've wondered if a book club is for you, everyone is welcome to attend and you can sit in on a session to observe.  

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
April 26 - May 24, 2021
Mondays at 9am
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We are trying a new twist for book club.  This session, we will be reading The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett and watching the corresponding movie, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor.  Participants can join in to discuss the book, movie or both.

The page numbering listed below follows the version of the book you see to the left.  If you have a different version, please follow the chapter numbers as the page numbers may not correspond.  There are many free, text copies of the novel available online.  This Canadian version from Project Gutenberg is a good copy with few scanning errors.

April 26   chapters 1-6 (through page 60)
May 3 chapters 7-12 (through page 121)
May 10 chapters 13-17 (through page 171)
May 17 chapters 18-end of book (page 217)
May 24 movie version directed by John Huston
May 31 Memorial Day--Book Club will not meet today

Upcoming Selections and New Meeting Time
Beginning June 8th, Book Club will meet on Tuesdays at 6 PM

This list is a compilation of suggestions for our next book., which we will begin discussing on June 8th.  Please note that Book Club will be changing times and days after The Maltese Falcon.  We will begin meeting on Tuesdays at 6 PM.  We hope more people will be able to participate in an evening session.  Which of the books below would you like to explore?  What are your suggestions for future picks?  We will make a selection at the May 17th meeting.  Oddly, all of the selections have authors whose last names begin with K.  That was not intentional, but while we're here, who is your favorite K author?  Kafka for me.

Secret Life of Bees or The Invention of Wings both by Sue Monk Kidd
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
The Quiet Girl by SF Kosa (this will overlap with The Big Library Read, which is sponsored by Overdrive)


Where to Find Free Ebooks and Audio Books Online

  • Audible is offering a collection of books in audio format for free.  These are primarily children’s books. This is a great resource and may only be offered for a limited time.
  • The Internet Archive is a large repository of books, audio, video, websites and software.  Access is free once you create an account.  There is much to discover here and multiple ways to access the information.  
  • Lit2Go is part of an educational resource clearinghouse based in Florida.  This limited collection of ebooks and audio books includes many classics.
  • Overdrive can be accessed via the Libby app or directly through their web site.  You will need your library card and PIN to check out books.  
  • Project Gutenberg offers access to over 60,000 titles with a focus on books that are now out of copyright. 
  • RBDigital is a content provider that offers magazines, ebooks and audiobooks.  To access the service, you need to create an account which will ask for your library card number.  After that, you will login with the username and password you create.  
  • The Screen Actors Guild has a small number of videos of celebrities reading children’s books for the project Storyline Online. Listen to Betty White, Oprah, Rami Malek and others as they read a variety of children’s books.

Not Sure What to Read Next?

  • Booklist is a publication of the American Library Association.  ALA has made this journal freely available.  Booklist has long been a trusted source for librarians purchasing books.  Read reviews, peruse lists of recommended titles and see what the hottest trends in publishing are.  
  • Goodreads is a popular social site where people comment on books they have read and rate them.  If you’re on the fence about reading a title, check out what people have to say on the Goodreads forums.  You will need a free account to participate.
  • Novelist is a product from Ebsco that will help you find your next favorite book.  You will need your library card number to login. From there, you can browse titles by author, genre, target age and more.