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A Book Club of One's Own
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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 Bookclubs 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 Bookclubs and join A Book Club of One's Own.  There is no cost.


First Book of 2022!
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

January 25 - March 15, 2022

Please join us as we read The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.  Publisher's Weekly had this to say about the book:

"Patchett remarkably traces acts of cruelty and kindness through three generations of a family over fifty years.  This splendid novel is a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of obsession and forgiveness, what people acquire, keep, lost or give away, and what they leave behind."

Upcoming Schedule and Zoom Link

We have ordered extra copies of The Dutch House and will have them on display near the Friend's store on the first floor.  You can reserve a copy of the book by calling 253.841.5454 or logging in to your account and placing a hold.  We anticipate the books will be available by January 24th.  There is no reading assignment for the first Zoom meeting.  We will be discussing the author, the time period and setting for the book.

January 25  Kickoff Zoom meeting at 6PM (please register to attend the meeting
February 1  through chapter 4, p. 56 
February 8  through ch 6, p. 99 
February 15 through ch 8, p. 142 
February 22 through ch 10, p. 179 
March 1  through ch 13, p. 222 
March 8 through ch 16, p. 279 
March 15 through end of book, p. 337 (Zoom link will be posted prior to the meeting) 


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.

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.