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Online Book Clubs
- Do you enjoy reading but find that you just don’t have the time?
- Are you running out of authors to read and want to discover some new ones?
- Do you ever dream of being able to sample your books before you commit to borrowing or purchasing them?
If you have responded Yes to any of these questions, then you’ll want to check out Dear Reader, our online book club. Here’s how it works. Each day, Monday through Friday, the subscribers are emailed a portion of a book that takes about 5 minutes to read. By the end of the week, subscribers have read two to three chapters from the book and if they like it, they can check it out of the library or fill out a suggestion card if you think the book is good and the library should have it. New books are featured every week. There is no charge for this service!
There are 11 book clubs to choose from. Something for every age and taste:
- Science Fiction
- Good News
- Audio books (that you can listen to in your email)
- and a special sneak preview Pre Pub Club that lets you start reading books that aren’t even published yet.
Click on the logo to join!!
You're invited to join one of our book clubs!
Brodie Book Club
Upcoming sessions start at 7 p.m. and are held in the Community Room. Tea, coffee and snacks are provided.
For more information, please email Rosemary at email@example.com or phone her at 345-8275 ext 6801
Our next meeting is scheduled for: April 7th
NDN Book Club
Brodie Study Room @ 6pm
February 5 - Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
March 25 - Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun by Paul Seesequaisis
This book club is exclusively for those who identify as Indigenous.
This helps create an environment that is safe for Indigenous people to discuss Indigenous literature without self-censoring.
Pre-register by emailing Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org Space is limited.
Richard Wagamese Tribute Book Club
Brodie Study Room @ 1pm
February 25 - Medicine Walk
April 28 - Starlight
Celebrate the life and work of award winning Anishinaabe writer and storyteller, Richard Wagamese.
Everyone is welcome to read and join the discussion led by Robyn.
Pre-register by emailing Robyn at email@example.com Space is limited.
Casual Clerisy Club
Waverley Library Auditorium
Second Tuesdays of the month at Noon.
Bring your lunch and join in this noon-hour book club.
Contact Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- May 14 - Politics
- June 11 - The Future
County Park Book Club
2pm-3pm in the Study Room
Coffee, tea and snacks provided.
If you are interested in joining, please email email@example.com
- June 27
- July 25
- August 29
MJLB Evening Book Club
Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room
Third Tuesdays of the month at 7pm (6 pm July/August)
Gather with other book lovers to discuss great books. It's free to join and the books are provided.
Coffee, tea and snacks included. If you are interested in joining, please call Helen at 345-8275 ext. 7300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Waverley Book Club
Third Wednesdays of the month @ 7pm (6 pm July/August)
Please call Vania at 345-8275 or email@example.com if you would like to join.
Waverley Graphic Novel Book Club
Waverley Learning Space
The next meeting is November 14th @ 7pm
Are you an adult who likes to read graphic novels? This group is for you! Members will meet one Thursday a month to discuss graphic novels based on a chosen theme. Refreshments are provided.
Contact Meaghan at 684-7259 for more information.
Bookends Book Club
A specialized book club meeting at the Waverley library starting in September. Contact Jaclyn at 345-9556 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
for more information and to register.
Book Club Picks
Hannah's Dream by Diane Hammond
Middlemarch by George Eliot
From the Ashes of My Dreams by Ed Smith (only available on Kobo)
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Calling All Book Clubs!
Calling all Book Clubs! Do you belong to a book club? If so, your library wants to hear from you! We have created a directory of local book clubs which is used to keep you informed of future author visits and new library services that may be of interest to your group. Call Helen at Mary J.L. Black Community Hub 345-8275 ext. 7300 or email email@example.com.
Need some ideas for new book club books?
Check out these Web sites:
- Amnesty International Book Club
Each bag contains ten paperback copies of one title, discussion questions, author information, and reviews, for use by book clubs.Click through here to use KitKeeper, our new site that lets your manage your own Book Club in a Bag bookings! KitKeeper will show you which Book Clubs in a Bag are available on any given date, and will also allow you to manage your own bookings. Watch this video about KitKeeper for an overview of how it works.
Click through here for a printable list of all the Book Clubs in a Bag titles (pdf).
For assistance, please call the Mary J.L. Black Community Hub at 345-8275 ext. 7300, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions about Book Clubs in a Bag
What is a Book Club in a Bag?
A Book Club in a Bag is a kit containing 10 copies of one title for use by book clubs and book discussion groups. When you pick up a kit, you will also be given a discussion guide with a plot summary, author information and questions to stimulate discussion.
Who can borrow a Book Club in a Bag?
Book Club kits can be borrowed by any book club. Members of the club with a valid Thunder Bay Public Library card can check out a Book Club in a Bag for distribution to club members.
Can a Book Club in a Bag set be reserved in advance?
Yes. By using KitKeeper you can reserve Book Bag kits for your club up to a year in advance.
Where can Book Club in a Bag kits be picked up?
Book Club in a Bag kits can be picked up at any of the 4 Community Hubs of the Thunder Bay Public Library. When you reserve a Book Club kit using KitKeeper, you will be able to choose the library Community Hub you wish to pick the kit up at.
Where can Book Club in a Bag kits be returned?
Kits can be returned to any of the Thunder Bay Public Library locations.
Who is responsible for returning Book Club in a Bag Kits?
The person who borrows the kit is responsible for returning it to the Library.
How long can book clubs keep a Book Club in a Bag kit?
Book Club kits have a 6-week loan period.
Can Book Club in a Bag kits be renewed?
No. Book Club kits are not renewable.
Are there fines on Book Club in a Bag kits?
Yes. Overdue fines for Book Club kits are the same as for other library materials. It is important to return all 10 books in the Book Club kit on time as other book clubs may have reserved the kit.