Virtual Book Club
Mondays, 9 AM via Zoom
We are currently reading Barbara Kingsolver's 1988 debut book "The Bean Trees". "The Bean Trees" follows the story of Taylor Greer, a Kentucky woman who embarks on a life journey and the many people she meets along the way. Some may be familiar with Kingsolver's work "The Poisonwood Bible", which was a Pulitzer prize finalist. For trivia buffs, Poisonwood lost the 1999 Pulitzer to "The Hours" by Michael Cunningham.
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. To attend the Monday, October 5th kick-off of "The Bean Trees", please register for the Zoom event using this link. We will be discussing the first 5 chapters of the novel and background on the author.
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.