October 6, 2022

Word from the Library: Book Clubs – Jasper’s source for news, sports, arts, culture, and more

Jasper Public Library Staff

Book clubs

Are you a member of a book club? I am, and enjoy the variety of books I discover through suggestions from my book club friends. However, even a book club whose members never tire of reading, and who read while doing the dishes or weeding the garden, goes through periods of “book club fatigue.” Sometimes book clubs need a new twist for their meetings or a new idea for their book selections.

The good news is that there are resources for book clubs. Check out NoveList Plus on the Jasper Public Library webpage under eResources. Log in with your library card and at the top of the page choose “Quick Links” then Book Club Resources. This page offers you a variety of book lists, discussion guides, tips on starting a book club, and ideas on how to spice up book club events. Book lists include short book selections, lighter site books, books with twists, food and drink books, books that may be out of your group’s comfort zone, and many others. For the real enthusiasts, a link to the book club blog can also be found.

By the way, even if you are not a member of a book club, these selections provide every reader looking for certain topics with a quick compilation of books on the desired topics. So please go check it out.

Writer-in-Residence Program

For the past three months, our Writer-in-Residence Paulette Dubé has been busy visiting classrooms, mentoring writers, and being the curious and sweet host of our Genius Loci series. We would like to thank her for all the ideas and creativity she brought to the project, as well as for her investment of time. We would also like to thank the interviewed guests and participants of the open-mic event for sharing their interesting stories. Thanks also to the Canada Council for the Arts for funding.

Summer programming for families

We are preparing our summer reading programs aimed at families and young people. We will soon provide you with a more detailed description. Sign-up sheets will be handed out at our used book sale on Saturday, June 18 outside the library, hosted by the Jasper Friends of Library Society.

The Jasper Friends of Library Society is also launching a membership initiative in May. If you would like to be part of an active group supporting library programming with fun and engaging fundraising events such as the Jasper Garden Tour, Used Book Sale or School Book Fair, please contact the library .

Looking for information on library services, programs, room rentals and exam supervision? You can call us at 780-852-3652, email us at [email protected] or follow us on Facebook @jaspermunicipallibrary or on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok @jasperlib.

The library is open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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