Book Clubs

Whether you are looking to join a club or already are a member, TBPL has something for you!


Book Clubs at the Library | Book Clubs in a Bag | Online Book Clubs


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Online Book Clubs

Online Book Club

  • 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:

  • Fiction
  • NonFiction
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Good News
  • Horror
  • Business
  • Teen
  • 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!!


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Book Clubs at the Library

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 or phone her at 345-8275 ext 6801
       Our next meeting is scheduled for: April 7th


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 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

  • 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


Waverley Book Club 

Waverley Auditorium
Third Wednesdays of the month @ 7pm (6 pm July/August)
Please call Vania at 345-8275 or 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 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

Other Information 

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

Need some ideas for new book club books?

Check out these Web sites:

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Book Clubs in a Bag

book-club-in-a-bag-newNOTE:  Book Clubs in a Bag are currently unavailable.  We are working on a new way of circulating them, and will update this space as more information is available!

Each bag contains ten paperback copies of one title, discussion questions, author information, and reviews, for use by book clubs.  

For assistance, please call the Mary J.L. Black Community Hub at 345-8275 ext. 7300, or email

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.

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