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Virtual Book Club
Mondays, 9 AM via Zoom
Please note the new time of 6 PM beginning July 6th

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.  


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

Book Club has selected the next two novels we will be reading.  We will be discussing The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune beginning Monday June 7th at 9 AM.   This excerpt from Amazon introduces the award-winning fantasy novel:

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

Register for the Monday at 9 AM June Zoom meetings here.

June 7 through p. 69, end of chapter 4
June 14 through p. 141, end of chapter 8
June 21 through p. 218, end of chapter 11
June 28 through p. 284, end of chapter 14

Register for the Tuesday at 6 PM July Zoom meetings here.  These two sessions will wrap up the TJ Klune novel.  We will remain on the Tuesday schedule for subsequent books.

July 6 through p. 340, end of chapter 17
July 13 through the end of the book

When we finish the TJ Klune novel, we will be reading Beloved by Toni Morrison.  Complex, disturbing and beautifully written, Morrison's Pulitzer Prize winning novel is regarded as one of the best modern works of American fiction.  The reading schedule will be posted soon.  Please note that we will be switching to the new day/time on July 6th at 6 PM.  We hope more people will be able to participate in an evening session.  

For those of you who might be looking for more discussion group options and would like to try a large, completely virtual format, Overdrive offers The Big Library Read.  Their next selection, which offers unlimited ebook checkouts, is The Quiet Girl by SF Kosa.  Read this latest thriller, participate in the national discussion online and enter the Big Library Read contest for a chance to win a tablet.  For more information, 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 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. 
  • 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.