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Joining a local book club is not only an opportunity to explore the best of the literary world, but it’s also a great way to meet new friends and engage in thoughtful discussions. Whether you’re looking for a group that shares your love of true crime or people you can count on to recommend your next beach read, Nashville has a wide variety of book clubs — and everyone is welcome!

13 book clubs to check out in Nashville


If you’re an avid reader, the Nashville Public Library is probably familiar to you — but did you know that NPL offers a variety of book clubs around Nashville? From sci-fi stories to classic literature, you’re sure to find a club you’ll love. Here are a handful of unique NPL-based book clubs to consider.

The Nashville Public Library has been listed as one of the most beautiful libraries in the United States, and it’s easy to see why. Picture: Facebook

Books and beers

2952 Sidco Dr., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 862-5800

Pop into The Black Abbey Brewing Company one Saturday a month to enjoy a casual book chat and a pint of ale. There’s no set genre for books and beers – authors and categories change every month, and you can expect everything from science fiction to adult memoirs and historical novels.

Killer Thrillers

615 Church St. Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 862-5800

Interested in reading horror stories of murder and revenge? Then the Killer Thrillers Book Club is for you. On the first Thursday of the month, head to the Nashville Public Library at noon for classic and contemporary tales of murder and mayhem.

Next Chapter Society Book Club

Various locations throughout Nashville

At 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month, join the NCS Book Club for the chance to meet new friends and have long conversations. The location changes monthly, allowing you to explore new areas of Nashville while immersing yourself in different novels. Some future books include Rise of Malibu by Taylor Jenkins Reid and children of the earth by Marcelo Hernandez. For more information, visit

Shakespeare authorized!

615 Church St. Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 862-5800

From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, immerse yourself in the world of Shakespeare and leave your personal life at home, thanks to Shakespeare Allowed! With a new play every month, get ready for tons of literary stimulation…the Shakespearian way. Visit for more information.

Book club in bites

2730 Lebanon Pk. B, Nashville, TN 37214 • (615) 862-5859

At Phat Bites in Donelson, on the second Tuesday of each month, you can participate in discussions on some of the best current news, courtesy of the Bite Size Book Club. Aimed at those with busy schedules, it’s a great club to join without requiring too much reading time at home.

Shapeshifters, demons and fairies, oh my! Reading Club

2315 Lebanon Pk., Nashville, TN 37214 • (615) 862-5859

For those who want to escape reality for a bit, head to the Books and Brews site on the second Thursday of every month for Shapeshifters, Demons and Fae, Oh My! Book Club and dive into the world of shapeshifters, demons, fairies and beyond. Revolving around “creature-centric books,” you’re in a club that takes mythical creatures to a new level.

To find more information about these and the many other Nashville Public Library book clubs, visit


The National Public Library isn’t the only way to find great book clubs in Music City. From public Facebook groups to beloved independent stores like Parnassus Books, here are seven other notable options to pique your interest!

The Parnassus Book Club

3900 Hillsboro Park, Ste. 14, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 953-2243

Led by a former English teacher, the Parnassus Book Club is free! Held the third week of the month, there are multiple meeting sessions to fit your schedule. Head to Greenbriar Village for in-depth discussions of a carefully curated selection of fiction and non-fiction. For more information, visit

Parnassus Classics Club

3900 Hillsboro Park, Ste. 14, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 953-2243

Do you like the classics? You’re lucky. Parnassus Books also offers a book club focused on books written before 1970. Join this club on the fourth Tuesday of every two months for an in-depth discussion on classic literature. For more information, visit

The chandelier

210 Louise Ave., Elliston Pl. Nashville, Tennessee 37203

The Gloss Book Club meets once a month to discuss a variety of book genres, connecting women with shared literary interests. It’s a way to discover new books, new friends, and maybe even enjoy a glass of wine while you chat! Visit the website for more information regarding the book of the month and the meeting location. For more information, visit or join the Facebook group.

The Nashville Book Club

Various locations throughout Nashville

If you want a casual book club that lets you choose your own books, this is the one! The Nashville Book Club is an online Facebook group where members can share their favorite reads, followed by open discussions and a few annual get-togethers. For more information, visit

In other worlds

1043 W Eastland Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 485-5420

The Bookshop is a quaint but well-stocked bookstore located in East Nashville. Open for over 20 years, it now hosts several book clubs that meet monthly at the Hannah Bee Coffee next door. One of them, In Other Worlds, is for all lovers of science fiction and fantasy. This month’s meeting takes place on Saturday, August 20 at 4 p.m. The selection of books is The walk of the perilous tombs by Alex Jennings. All you have to do is buy the book at La Librairie to register!

The book was better

1043 W Eastland Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 485-5420

Hanna Bee Coffee is home to another club from The Bookshop, “The Book Was Better,” and it’s the perfect choice for those who love the “movie versus book” debate. Features of this month deep waters by Patricia Highsmith, and the meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 13 at 4 p.m. As an added incentive, bookstore shopping is available after the meeting, and book club members receive 10% off purchases!

The summer of self-discovery

1043 W Eastland Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 485-5420

We may be nearing the end of summer, but there’s still time to participate in Summer of Self-Discovery! Ideal for those who want to spend their summer days reading by the beach or by the pool, you can do that in spades, thanks to The Bookshop. In June, July and August, you can buy the book of the month (August is Set limits, find peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab) and join a great discussion (this month is Sunday, August 28 at 4 p.m.). If there is only a little time left to enjoy this club, you can always mark your calendar for 2023!

Good reading!


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Summit County Library hosts many book clubs for all ages Wed, 10 Aug 2022 14:00:35 +0000

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah – Do you like to read? Are you interested in interacting with members of the local community? Summit County Library has a club for that. Young and old alike can join the monthly and bi-monthly thematic book clubs organized by the library. The list of clubs on offer is aimed at pupils from 4th grade to those over 21, history buffs and film buffs.

If you are giving a child a book club alternate locations between Kimball Junction and Kamas for monthly meetings. The club is specifically for 4th, 5th and 6th graders as well as one adult of choice. Children and adults met to discuss Katherine Applegate wishing tree Thursday at the Kamas Valley branch and plan to meet Sept. 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Kimball Junction branch to discuss the award-winning novel Newbery Honor by Grace Lin, Where the mountain meets the moon and celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Pre-registration is required, register now here.

The Sips n’ Stories Book Club is a book club for adults aged 21 and over. The participants met Thursday on Zoom for a drink and a discussion around Cristina Henríquez’s book, The Unknown American Books. The next meeting will be on September 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Zoom to discuss the book by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, When the stars are scattered. Pre-registration is required, register now here.

The Kamas Book Club hosted its monthly Miriam Murcutt and Richard Starks book discussion on Monday, In a town called paradox. On September 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. participants will meet to discuss Code Girls by Liza Mundy in the conference room of the South Summit Services Building.

The Book to Film Club is organizing a free screening of salt in my soul Thursday, August 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kimball Junction branch auditorium. After the film, there will be an optional meeting on the book and the film. There are many upcoming meetings for the Book to Film Club at the Kimball Junction Branch auditorium, including:

  • The Man Who Knew Infinity (September 8 at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Death on the Nile (October 13 at 6:00 p.m.)
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Zoom meeting – November 10 at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Penguin Bloom (Zoom meeting – December 8 at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Anxious People (Zoom meeting – January 12 at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Our Souls at Night (Zoom Meetup – February 9 at 6:00 p.m.)

The Coalville Book Club will be hosting its monthly book talk on August 17 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Coalville Branch Library. This month’s discussion will be about Jess Walter The Cold Millions.

On Thursday, August 25 at 7 p.m., Jess Walter will address the community and book signings in the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library. Books will be available for purchase after the presentation. The History Book Club also reads The Cold Millions. Instead of meeting for a typical discussion, history book club attendees should plan to attend author Jess Walter’s visit to the Park City Library.

Kimball Junction branch manager Shaylee Phelps says several book clubs, including the Kamas Book Club, Coalville Book Club and Book to Film Club, have been operating for many years with steady attendance.

“They’ve had great turnouts and are very successful,” Phelps said.

In the Summit County Library’s monthly newsletter and on their website, all book clubs and events are listed with dates and times of upcoming meetings as well as advanced registration information if needed.

To find more information about Summit County Library book clubs and upcoming events, click here.

Alpena Library Book Club Set | News, Sports, Jobs Mon, 08 Aug 2022 05:35:00 +0000

ALPENA – Two book clubs are underway at the Alpena County Library, and there’s still time to register.

Book club for adults

The August ACL Book Club Discussion will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 22, in person and via Google Meet.

Has a busy summer of hot days by the lake and barbecues with friends caused your stack of books to read to pile up? August is TBR month for the ACL Adult Book Club. Choose and read a book from your pile to read, then share it with the group on August 22. Readers can attend in person at the library or virtually. Meet in the Stillion conference room. If you are participating virtually, use the following meeting link:

Contact Tina with any questions at 989-356-6188.

Need a book suggestion? Find a list of suggested authors from Michigan at:

Teen book club

Teen Book Club will discuss “The 57 Bus” from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, in person and via Zoom.

Readers ages 12-18 are invited to sign up for August’s Teen Book Club featuring Dashka Slater’s “The 57 Bus” non-fiction selection.

Registered participants will receive a free copy of the book before the meeting. During the discussion, participants will be provided with discussion questions and an activity. Supplies are limited; first come, first served.

“This gripping non-fiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime and punishment tells the true story of a teenage agender who was set on fire by another teenager while driving a bus in Oakland, California.

A teenager in a skirt.

A teenager with a lighter.

A moment that changes both of their lives forever.

Without the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard would never have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teenager, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teenager, lived in the crime-ridden plains and attended a large audience. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon, on the bus home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha badly burned and Richard was charged with two hate crimes and faces life imprisonment. The case has drawn international attention, putting the two teenagers in the spotlight.

Questions? Contact Sara, Book Club Manager, at

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All reserved | My love for book clubs Sun, 07 Aug 2022 18:59:10 +0000

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Hello, book lovers!

August has always been a fun month for me. When I was a kid, I spent my August months trying to soak up every last bit of summer while compressing three months of summer reading into a few weeks. It’s funny to think back to that time, because I really didn’t like reading in the summer. I didn’t like being told what to read, especially not on vacation. Yet once I grew up and didn’t need to read anymore, I kind of missed the structure of having my next book already picked out for me, and I really missed class discussions. . I think that’s why I love book clubs so much.

Book clubs can be great in that they’re kind of like “must read” but without the pressure of having to write an essay on it. They also allow you to talk about the book with others. There have been so many times I’ve finished a book and I keep recommending it in hopes that someone else will pick it up and I can talk about it. But book clubs can also be dangerous creatures. You need to make sure book club works for you! There have been many times over the years where I join a book club only to find that our reading preferences don’t match, the book club meets weekly, or no one actually reads the book. – gasp!

We have gained many new readers here in our All reserved community, and wanted to take a moment to shout out the Indy Book Club. In case you haven’t heard, the Indy Book Club is a monthly book club run by the Santa Barbara Independent and the Santa Barbara Public Library. Each month, we choose a book to read as a group, then at the end of the month, we meet to discuss. It’s very laid back and fun! Plus, we’re actually talking about the book! Molly Wetta from the Santa Barbara Public Library joins me to moderate our discussions, which take place the last Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. on Zoom. We usually spend the first 30 minutes talking about the book of the month, then the last half of the discussion giving and taking book recommendations.

In August, we read Alyssa Cole’s When No One Is Watching, a thriller centered on gentrification in Brooklyn. Our discussion will take place on Wednesday, August 31 at 6 p.m. on Zoom. You can subscribe to the discussion here. If you like reading and you like talking about books, we would love for you to join us!

Below, I highlight some of my favorite past picks from the Indy Book Club, so you can get an idea of ​​what we’ve read in the past. You can check out all the books we have scheduled for 2022 here. Also, you can get more information about the book club here.

I’m a big proponent of going into a book knowing as little as possible. I try not to read synopses or reviews too much because most of them overshare. My pitches below are short and sweet just for that reason.

Impactful non-fiction

She said: Breaking down the sexual harassment story that helped spark a movementby Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey was our book of the month for March 2020. This book tells the process and story of two New York Times journalists uncovering and investigating Harvey Weinstein’s treatment of women. This book will soon be a movie, which will be released in November 2022. It’s a difficult read, but also fascinating.

Indy Book Club Pick: March 2020

well-being sci-fi

If you’re looking for a great time in space and with a great cast of characters, then look no further than The long way to an angry little planet by Becky Chambers. I was hesitant to choose this one at first, but I’m so glad I did. It’s the perfect choice for someone looking to dive into the sci-fi genre. You will feel all the sensations while reading this one. It’s also the first book in a series, but this book itself is a full story, which is great if series aren’t your thing.

Indy Book Club Pick: January 2021

Superb collection of poetry

An American sunrise by Joy Harjo was SB Reads’ pick for 2021. I never would have picked this one if not for the book club. Poetry is not something I gravitate towards, because most of the time I don’t think I “get it”. But our Indy Book Club discussion for this book was one of my favorites. It turns out poetry is all about how you connect with the text. Anyone can read the same poem and get a totally different message or reading experience from it. If you’re considering reading it, I highly recommend reading it while listening to the audiobook. Joy Harjo tells it, and it’s so nice to hear her recite her poems.

Indy Book Club Pick: November 2021

Email me at and let me know of any books you’ve enjoyed and read as part of a book club that you might not otherwise have chosen.

Your loving bookworm, Emily

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7 online book clubs to join Tue, 02 Aug 2022 03:35:58 +0000

Oprah’s book club

Oprah Winfrey’s book club has been arguably America’s most influential literary hit-maker, turning unknown titles into massive bestsellers – ever since its inception. The Oprah Winfrey Show to its 2012 revival in the pages of her magazine as “Oprah’s Book Club 2.0”. While some may scoff at her mass-market appeal, Winfrey has a very good taste in books. so you can’t go wrong if you turn to the 90+ books she’s picked out over the years. Recent selections have included Crawl, the debut novel by 19-year-old poet Leila Mottley; memoir of actress Viola Davis To find me; and life coach Martha Beck’s The Path to Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Identity. You can sign up for the book club newsletter and view Oprah videos with authors on

Los Angeles Times Book Club

This club hosts a community event with each of its authors, many of whom are heavyweights, from Barack Obama to Jane Goodall to Billie Jean King. Donna Wares, seasoned author and editor, hosts the club and Time publishes articles related to book selection topics. The selections often feature a Californian angle, such as the recent California Soul: an American epic of cooking and survival by Keith Corbin, who writes about his rise from maximum-security inmate to celebrity chef (Corbin will discuss his book on August 23). Sign up for a newsletter on the book club website.

Read with Jenna

When Today Show co-host Jenna Bush Hager launched her book club in 2019, it seemed like a perfect fit. Hager is a lifelong bibliophile, and her mother, former first lady Laura Bush, started a foundation to help American libraries, one of her many literary ventures. The Hager club selects a new book each month, sometimes composed of new authors (The measurementby Nikki Erlick), as well as literary favorites such as Naima Coster and her novel What’s mine and yours. The book club website, hosted under Today display the umbrella, features discussion questions, author interviews, other book recommendations, and a list of previous book club selections. Readers can sign up for a newsletter and post their comments on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ReadWithJenna.

Reese’s Book Club

Before you dismiss Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club as a Hollywood vanity project, consider this: Many of her picks hit the mark. New York Times bestseller list, and she has excellent literary taste. Each book is centered on the story of a woman, as Honey and spicesof Bolu Babalola, a romance novel featuring a sharp-tongued heroine on campus, and counterfeit, the fictional story of two women who start selling fake luxury handbags, by Kirstin Chen. To find out each month’s pick and discuss the selections, follow @ReesesBookClub on Instagram (where the club has 2.3 million followers), Facebook and Twitter. You can also find his five-year selection list – starting with his first choice, Eleanor Oliphant is perfectly fineby Gail Honeyman — at

Book clubs, media sale at SPL in August. Mon, 01 Aug 2022 17:00:24 +0000

Swanton Public Library adult programs have been announced for August.

FOSPL Used Media Sale

Stop by the library between August 11 and September 3 and check out the Friends of Swanton Public Library Used Media Sale, which offers soft used items from the SPL as well as donations from community members.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with set-up and tear-down can contact the library for times and dates.

Swanton Area Robotics Club

Are you passionate about mechanics or technology? Are you interested in robots? Interested in robots? SARC is open to both new and experienced.

This program is open to anyone aged 17 or over and is free – no registration required. So join us on Monday August 8 from 5 p.m.

Gretchen’s Book Club

New name, same book club. The SPL Adult Book Club has changed its name to honor Gretchen Moffat, deceased member and longtime supporter of the library.

Thriller fans won’t want to miss August’s book club pic, “Find Me” by Alafair Burke. Gretchen’s book club will meet on the second Thursday of August, the 11th, and will meet at 5:30 p.m.

Copies of the book in multiple formats are available behind reception, so stop by and check out your copy today.

Shredder Sewing Club

Do you have free time in the morning and want to brush up on your sewing skills? Do you have sewing projects and just want some company while you work? Lucky for you, the Seam Rippers are back this month, August 17 at 10:30 a.m.

No registration is required and walk-ins are encouraged. Packed lunches are welcome and encouraged. All you need is yourself and your new sewing project.

card making

Hot weather for some means vacation. Why not send your loved ones a homemade card while they (or you) go on an adventure?

Stop by August 18 at 5 p.m. for crafts. Class fee is $7 per person, but all supplies are provided.

Please drop by or call to register.

online book club

August kits will include “Killers of the Flower Moon”, which combines history and gross murder in one (non-fiction) book. To prepare for the Netflix docudrama on the same book, get your book kit (take home and keep) which includes the book, background information, and links to a talk by the author himself on the Osage murders – a dark chapter in Southwestern history.

An optional online discussion will take place on August 23 at 5:30 p.m. for anyone interested. Kits are limited.

Monthly recurring programs

The Chess Club is open to beginners and advanced chess players and meets in the library every Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The Swanton Historical Society will meet every Friday in August at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in joining or volunteering with the Historical Society is encouraged to attend.

The Local Writers Group will meet on Thursdays 11 and 17 at 5:30 p.m. and writers of all skill levels are encouraged to stop by. Local knitters are back from 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays the 3rd, 17th and 31st. Fiber artists of all levels are welcome to join. Spinners, weavers and crocheters also invited.

Libraries in Northeast Ohio use story time, book clubs and events to connect with community – News-Herald Mon, 01 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000

Libraries in northeast Ohio have suffered massive upheaval in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, but have been able to thrive by adapting story times and other events.

Euclid Public Library offers a variety of clubs, programs, and events that aim to educate and captivate their residents.

Karla Bowman, adult services manager at Euclid Public Library, said she is hosting a variety of storytelling events that were once in-person but moved to Zoom.

“It was actually a well accepted change in our system,” Bowman said. “It was difficult to switch to Zoom, but it was worth it because in the end, it allowed a lot more people to come and interact with each other and discuss their books or enjoy the hour. storytelling with their children.

The Hillcrest Concert Band returned to perform outside Euclid Public Library last month. (Courtesy of Euclid Public Library)

Euclid Public Library offers monthly book clubs and a variety of children’s story times via Zoom.

In addition, the library organizes many other events throughout the year.

“In September, we will be hosting a beer tasting at the library,” said Jean Robinson, communications and multimedia specialist at the library. “It’s something we’re excited to be able to bring to our older residents.”

The beer tasting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on September 9. Tickets are $30 and will be available starting August 8 on the library’s website.

Stargazing with the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association will take place September 29 as part of the annual Friends of the Library meeting. It aims to share how to use telescopes and nurture the love of astronomy.

“There will be a discussion about binoculars and then everyone can use telescopes set up outside the library,” Robinson said. “We’re very excited because it’s something we’ve never done before.”

Euclid Public Library constantly organizes new events to attract the public to its institution.

The Mentor Public Library also hosts a variety of clubs, events, and story times.

Jason Lea, community outreach coordinator for the Mentor Public Library, said their events aim to educate and engage patrons.

“All of our educational programs have entertainment, and all of our entertainment programs have an element of education,” Lea said. “Even our desserts have consistency, and our entrees are still a little sweet.”

Each week the library hosts a variety of events each with a different theme as well as special classes. Guests can attend craft classes, learn about the ocean’s most dangerous animal, learn art history, and more.

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Mentor Public Library Children’s Library Associate Amy Raischel shows off the layers of the ocean with the help of a volunteer during a Marine Monday program at the library. (Courtesy of Mentor Public Library)

In addition to these programs, the library organizes story hours with various themes. Through the efforts of library assistant Gillian Dipofi, the library is often decorated to match these themes. She decorated the library for her celebration of Dr. Seuss and her hungry caterpillar event. Each time, the bookcase transforms to help create a fun atmosphere for children to enjoy.

Lea said they had something for everyone at the library.

“Very often one of the best things about working for the library is how you’re constantly reminded of the difference you’re making for people,” Lea said. “There is nothing better than helping someone to satisfy their enthusiasm. Someone likes to doodle and draw and wants to learn more? Here are three different books about it and by the way, we have this program which teaches American artistic styles.

The Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library also has a variety of clubs.

Sarah Vargo, children’s services manager for the library system, said she believes their programs and clubs are important in strengthening their connection to the community.

“Programming is so important to libraries because it shows how we can evolve and grow,” Vargo said. “We’re not just here to provide career and employment materials and services; we are a community hub.

The Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library offers a variety of educational services and tutoring clubs.

“We have a large population of home students who come to us for programming,” Vargo said. “We offer many homeschooling clubs and have seen an increase in homeschooling students since the start of the pandemic.”

The library also hosts the Next Chapter Book Club, a club for adults with special needs. This club helps these adults grow as readers and think critically while reading.

Vargo said that since the pandemic, his game club, chess club and many other services have become increasingly popular.

“A lot of things that we offered before COVID are now being offered again and becoming popular again,” Vargo said. “It’s nice to be closer to normal and to have this increased demand for our lineup.”

Library Events: Enjoy Poetry, Mermaid Crafts & Book Clubs at Upper Public Library – Upper Telegram Tue, 26 Jul 2022 16:06:16 +0000

SUPERIOR — If you’re looking for summer entertainment, look no further than the Superior Public Library.

On Thursday, July 28 at 2 p.m., we’ll be hosting a very special poetry reading featuring two award-winning local poets. Jan Chronister and Peggy Trojan are close friends who together have written 10 books of poetry and both received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association. You will be entertained and inspired by their down-to-earth verses about the woods they live in and the lives they led. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be offered by the Friends of the Library.

Join us August 8th from 1-3pm for our free crafty kids program. We’ll do mermaid crafts – no registration required and all supplies provided.

Calling all “Downton Abbey” fans. We’ll premiere “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” the sequel to the 2019 film based on the hit TV show, on August 8 at 6 p.m. Come see this free movie and enjoy the latest happenings of the Crawley family. On August 29 at 6 p.m., we will present the comedy “The Lost City” with Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. Both movies are rated PG-13 and closed captioning will be enabled.

Did you know that we have a book club especially for children? Join us on August 18 at 2 p.m. for a discussion of “The Fairy Tale Detectives,” the first book in the Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley about two orphaned sisters sent to live with their grandmother who discover a family secret: they are descendants of the famous Brothers Grimm. You will love the fractured fairy tales and magical mysteries in this book. Check out a copy at the library or download the eBook instantly from Hoopla and join us for a chat.

Our adult book club meets Thursday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. to discuss “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman. We will take a break from book club in August before resuming in September with a new schedule. Our September selection is “The Night Watchman” by Louise Erdrich. A limited number of copies of the book are available at the circulation desk or can be downloaded instantly from Hoopla. We will meet at 10:30 a.m. on September 8 and at 6 p.m. on September 29 to discuss the book. Beginning in October, the book club will meet the first Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. and the last Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. for a book discussion. Please visit our website for schedule changes due to holidays, and please note that our adult book club will no longer meet in December. Stay tuned for our 2023 book club title picks.

Why pay for video streaming services when the library offers it for free? Residents of Superior and Douglas counties have access to Hoopla, which offers streaming videos and much more – downloadable eBooks, audiobooks and music. Log in to and create a free account with your email address and library card number. You can view up to five Hoopla articles each month.

The best part? Everything is always available. There are never any waiting lists or holds with Hoopla. And wait, there’s more. If you have an AppleTV or Roku, you can download the Hoopla app to your device and stream movies and TV shows directly to your TV. Set up your account today and start watching, listening and reading instantly.

Sue Heskin is the director of the Upper Public Library.

The rise of environmental book clubs Tue, 19 Jul 2022 10:41:15 +0000

Environmental book clubs have been on the rise for the past few years. It’s not something I’ve encountered until the last five years or so, although they were by no means non-existent before. But a coalition of circumstances, both disparate and intertwined, paved the way for environmentally-focused book clubs to flourish.

The context

While researching for this article, I had the opportunity to speak with climate journalist Tais Gadea Lara. Gadea Lara, a 2021 Hammarskjöld Fund Fellow and a 2017 International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Fellow, co-founded the Club de Lectura Climática (Climate Reading Club) in 2020. In conversation with a science journalist Martin de Ambrosiothey came up with the idea of ​​a book club “in which, through literature on climate change, people think and act”.

Gadea Lara identifies the Youth Climate Movement, led by Greta Thunberg, as a turning point in public concern for the environment, particularly climate. Although there was a rich history of climate activism before him, it seemed to make a deep impression on the public. Additionally, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic shortly thereafter, with its lockdowns and social distancing, meant that more people now had time to focus on topics of interest. As Gadea Lara says, “the lockdown due to the pandemic has forced us all to reflect on these essential topics”.

An environmental book club in action

The numbers add up, reflecting growing public interest in the environment, its beauty and the dangers it faces: the virtual environmental book club has 2,387 followers on Instagram (@envirobookclub) and 482 members on Goodreads. In the introductory message board on Goodreads, co-founder Fran Haddock mentions that they “initially thought it would just be a small group of maybe 6-8 of us, but it quickly became apparent that the interest was much greater!

Gadeas Lara and de Ambrosio faced the same situation: their audience interest was much higher than they had anticipated. They eventually had to limit the number of members, as they both agree on the importance of manageable groups to foster discussions – too large a group of people means that a percentage of them will not be heard. And the debate is Point: She mentions that due to the pandemic, “my international trips were canceled, but I needed to speak with others about these concerns.”

It is through discussion that ideas coalesce and action begins to take place. Ultimately, action is the goal of an environmental book club, it is always to inform in order to transform. Gadeas Lara reminds us that each book is a starting point, which it must “inform in order to raise awareness and trigger action”.

Come together

The origin stories of these book clubs may look different on the outside, but they all boil down to the same thing: people need to talk about their interest and concern for the environment with others. This is how the Environmental Book Club was formed: “This book club started as an idea of ​​collaboration to create a virtual environmental book club between Fran and Adrienne who met through the eco -Instagram community – even if they live on the other side of the world to each other!”

Do members of environmental book clubs have anything in common? beyond this need ? According to Gadeas Lara, not much: the Club de Lectura Climática has members who practice different professions, who are of different ages and belong to different communities. The only other commonality many of them seem to share is a desire to reconnect with books, to get back into the habit of reading.

What do environmental book clubs read?

The question may seem silly. Environmental books, of course. But what are the criteria for determining which books are read? How are discussions handled? This changes depending on the book club in question: those run by experts, like the Club de Lectura Climática or the Climate Reality Book Club, ensure that science is the common thread. Gadeas Lara points out that “climate science must guide every discussion”. Environmental Book Club co-founders focus on books about “the intersectional issues facing our planet and our people…”

Because that’s what it’s all about: in the end, it’s impossible to read about the environment without at the same time reading about humanity. The two are so intrinsically linked that one must affect and be affected by the other. That is why, although the Club de Lectura Climática apparently deals only with the climate, they read articles on the refugee crisis, on global nutrition, on people. Environmental book clubs may seem like a type of niche book club, but they are not. You could say quite the opposite: it’s the most global type of book club there is.

NLA President, National Librarian for NBRP Book Clubs at Parley Libraries Tue, 19 Jul 2022 00:03:56 +0000
Pastor Dominic Omokaro

The newly elected National Chairman of the Nigerian Library Association, NLA, Rev. Dominic Omokaro and the National Librarian/CEO of the National Library of Nigeria, Prof. Veronica Chinwe Anunobi, will participate as special guests in a conference on management of book clubs in libraries convened by the Network of Book Clubs and Reading Culture Promoters in Nigeria, NBRP on 17 August.

The conference, which is a virtual event, has as keynote speaker Dr. Nkem Osuigwe from Accra-based African Library and Information Associations and Institutions.

The session, according to a statement by Emmanuel Okoro, secretary of the NBRP, would be moderated by the university librarian of the Federal University of Otuoke, vice-president of the NBRP and president of the project 774 book clubs and libraries of the organization, Professor Felicia Etim.

Omokaro was elected National President of the country’s apex body of librarians at the close of the 60th National Conference of the NLA held in Abuja in early July.

The Network of Book Clubs and Reading Culture Promoters in Nigeria is the umbrella body for book clubs and reading promoters in Africa’s most populous nation. With around 60 members within the group and counting, it provides a strong voice for the aggregation of critical reader voices within the Nigerian book ecosystem. It was founded in February 2020 and is led by writer and book enthusiast, Mr. Richard Mammah.

At the Nigerian International Bookfair in May 2022, the organization presented a preliminary report of its investigation into the state of reading infrastructure in Nigeria. The report covered Lagos, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. Work on comprehensive coverage of the state of reading in all Nigerian states is soon to begin.

In September, NBRP members and book ecosystem stakeholders would converge in Uyo, the state capital of Akwa Ibom, for the second edition of its Annual General Meeting and National Conference. This opportunity would also be used to select the Nigerian National Book Club City, 2024.

An initiative of the NBRP which draws inspiration from the UNESCO World Book City project, the National City of Book Clubs for 2022 is Uyo while Lagos is already waiting in the wings to mark its tenure as the National City of Book Clubs. book club 2023.