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A Book Club of One's Own
Participate Anytime via our BookClubs page

Virtual Book Club is rebranding as A Book Club of One's Own.  The name is taken from Virginia Woolf’s essay A Room of One's Own in which Woolf expounds on the need for a private space to create.

We are trying a hybrid format that includes Zoom meetings and a message board on the Bookclubs site that allows members to post comments about the current book, suggest new titles, participate in polls, and more. Sign up for Bookclubs and join A Book Club of One's Own online. There is no cost.

Reading Events - Summer 2022

Summer Reading
June 1 - August 31, 2022 

Summer reading isn't just for kids. Everyone is welcome to participate and there are prizes for all age levels.  During the official Summer Reading season, the Book Club will be taking a break to allow everyone to participate in other events or just sit back with a good beach read until Summer Reading ends.  To see what events are coming up and find out how you can participate, please visit our Summer Reading page.

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Library Speaker's Consortium
Book Talk with author Alka Joshi
Thursday, July 7, 2022, 6 PM Library North Meeting Room

Puyallup Public Library has joined the Library Speaker's Consortium.  The Consortium offers monthly book talks via Zoom.  Topics range from Business and Finance to popular novels.  To kick off our membership, we are hosting a live event in conjunction with author Alka Joshi's book talk on her novel The Henna Artist.  Join us on Thursday, July 7th at 6 PM to participate in a live Zoom talk with the author.  Afterward, we will discuss her novel.  The event will take place in the Library's North meeting room.  Registration is required.  To learn more about this talk and upcoming LSC events, please visit the Library Speaker's Consortium page.

Big Library Read
July 13-27, 2022
The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake

This event is produced by Overdrive/Libby.  During this two-week period, there are no wait lists or holds on this title for both the ebook and audiobook.  Log in with your Libby app, check out a copy and participate in the online discussion board with readers from around the country.  

For those of you who prefer the paper copy, we will have half a dozen extra copies of this title to checkout beginning July 1, 2022.  For more information and to participate in the discussion board, please visit the Big Library Read site.


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 audiobooks includes many classics.
  • Overdrive can be accessed via the Libby app or directly through their website.  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. 
  • 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 log in. From there, you can browse titles by author, genre, target age, and more.
  • Online Author Talks are available each month online. Enjoy a range of talks from bestselling authors and thought leaders. Find new things to read and learn directly from the authors!