Book Clubs

Books to Talk About:

NVDPL Hosted Book Clubs

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We host six librarian-facilitated book discussion clubs that meet once a month from September to June. We meet on different days and times to discuss a wide variety of titles. Anyone who’s read the book is welcome at any club meeting. There’s no registration required! 

Simply sign up for the time and library that is most convenient for you to receive an email reminder of upcoming meetings and information about the book and author. Information regarding the times and dates can be found below, or you can view the entire 2017-2018 schedule for all branches.
 
Copies of the first books will be available starting August 24 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. After that, copies of the next book will be available after book club meetings in print format, and titles are potentially available as downloadable ebooks & e-audiobooks, on CD audiobook, as well as in our regular print collection and in large print format. Ask a librarian to help you find a copy!
 
Club and Sign-Up Information 
Registration is not required as all sessions are drop-in! Click the links below for email sign up instructions and the full schedule for that club. 
 
 

Community Book Clubs:

Community-led book clubs held in the Library

Are you interested in forming a book club, maybe with a particular focus like biographies, various genres, non-fiction, classics, etc.?  Or something more outside the box, like “walk & talk”, combining physical and intellectual exercise? Whatever your interest, librarians can provide free space and support to help get a new club up and running. 
 
Call or come in to get a conversation started.  
 
Current Community Book Clubs at the Library
 
  • Monday Morning Book Club
    Who says Monday mornings can’t be fun? Meet and discuss a new book every month.

    Lynn Valley Library
    10:00am | 3rd Monday of the month

     
  • Cooking the Books
    Get together with your fellow food-enthusiasts and put a cookbook to the test!

    Capilano Library
    2:00pm | 4th Wednesday of the month

    Parkgate Library
    2:30pm | 4th Thursday of the month

     
  • The Armchair Detective Society
    You are invited to the Armchair Detective Society: a Book Club for Mystery Lovers.

    Capilano Library
    3:00pm | 4th Thursday of the month

     
  • The Afternoon Tea Book Club
    A cup of tea and a lively discussion!

    Parkgate Library
    3:00pm | 2nd Thursday of the month
 
Current schedules and book details are available at www.nvdpl.ca/events/calendar
 
 

DIY Book Clubs

Run Your Own Book Club

NVDPL also supports book clubs in the community with suggestions for what to read next, book sets, and collections of reviews, author bios, and discussion questions. If your book club is looking for a place to meet, speak to a librarian about using space in the library.

The Library's Book Club Collection are available for borrowing as a set or individually; usually 10 or more copies of a title are available. In most cases as these books have been discussed by the Library's book discussion groups, notes are also available. Holds are also permitted on multiple copies.

For titles in this collection, see our Staff Picks lists  particularly "Books to Talk About," You can also search for "book club collection" in the library catalogue, or browse the Book Club Collection at Lynn Valley Library in person. Some of the titles are also availabe at Capilano Library and Parkgate Library branches. 

 

Great Resources For Your Book Club

ALA Book Club Central

Find out about Sarah Jessica Parker's book club picks, and all kinds of other information about running a book club.

Book Movement

Find out what book clubs are reading nationwide (mainly USA), which books they recommend and why. Maintains a list of the current most popular book club selections among its members (free; requires registration).

Discussion Questions

Publishers often create a list of discussion questions when one of their books becomes popular with book clubs. Try searching Reading Group Guides below or use a search engine to search the book title and the term 'discussion questions.' For those books where you can’t find discussion questions, click on the link above for a list of generic questions you can use with almost any book. 

goodreads.com

Wonder what other people think about the book you’re reading?  Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. You can browse the reviews, create an account and submit your own review, and track the books you’ve read.

LitLovers 

An all-in-one site for book lovers offering everything from recommendations and reviews, book club tips and, for those of you how like to go all out, recipes to suit the theme of your book.

Novelist Plus 

Do you want to know what to read next? Novelist Plus contains reviews of over 200,000+ fiction and non-fiction titles. Search by author, title, series or plot. Includes lists of award-winning books, discussion guides, recommended reads and even create a personal reading list! Provided by NVDPL; sign in with your library card number and PIN. 

Reading Group Choices 

Reading Group Choices selects discussible books and suggests discussion topics for reading groups.  Its popular website offers interesting, informative, fun, and interactive material of interest to book clubs.

Reading Group Guides

With over 4000 book guides, this is a great resource for any book club. You will find reviews, discussion questions, book suggestions, tips on how to run a book club and much more on this website.