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

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

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

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Final Book of 2021!
When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wiklinson
November 2 - December 14, 2021

Gina Wilkinson is a journalist who has traveled the world to report on local events for news services such as the BBC, ABC and NPR.  Her travels took her to Baghdad where she was based for over a year during the regime of Saddam Hussein.  This novel draws from those experiences and tells the story of three women living in Baghdad and the challenges they face to maintain friendships and keep their families together.

The library will have a lobby display with extra copies of the book available for check-out or you can place a hold on a copy by logging in to our catalog.

This book will primarily be discussed online via our BookClubz page.  On December 14th we will have one Zoom meeting to wrap up the discussion and plan for 2022.  To participate, please join the BookClubz discussion group.

Reading Schedule and Zoom Link

When posting on the BookClubz web page, please try not to discuss the plot beyond the reading assignment.  If you run across interesting articles or interviews that relate to the book, especially if you quote from the source, please post a link.  Here are the weekly reading targets:

Nov 2    Reading begins.  Books available on a display near the first floor circulation desk
Nov 9    p. 53  end of chapter 4
Nov 16  p. 110 end of chapter 10
Nov 23  p. 166 end of chapter 14  Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 30  p. 201  end of chapter 18
Dec 7  p. 243 end of chapter 22
Dec 14 finish book, wrap-up Zoom meeting from 6-7 pm

Register for the Zoom meeting on December 14.

You can reserve a copy of the book by calling 253.841.5454 or stop by the library and look for the display near the Friend's book store.

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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.
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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.