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Book Clubs

St. Catharines Public Library In-House Book Clubs

The St. Catharines Public Library has eight adult book clubs. Each club meets once a month at its home location to discuss the selected monthly title. The Central Library has four book clubs, the Dr. Huq Family Branch has two book clubs, the Merritt Branch has one book club and Port Dalhousie has one book club. For more information or to register, please call 905-688-6103 ext. 227

Online Book Clubs

Join the conversation! The St. Catharines Public Library is hosting our online book clubs through Goodreads!

Adult Nonfiction Book Club

Adult Fiction Book Club

This book club facilitates discussion about popular memoirs, biographies, narrative nonfiction, true stories and non-fiction bestsellers. One new title will be featured each month, but past discussions are also accessible. Check it out here! We will be discussing a different title each month including recent bestsellers, genre fiction, and books with buzz. The book group is designed for people with busy schedules, so you can participate whenever it is convenient for you! New members are always welcome. Join the club here!

Visit our online catalogue or our digital media collection to reserve your copy today!

January

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Naturally Tan
By: Tan France
Tan France, fashion icon and one of the stars of the Netflix series Queer Eye, shares the story of his early life and rise to stardom in this witty, heartfelt, and inspiring memoir. From growing up in England in a traditionally religious family to becoming the first openly gay, South Asian man on television, Tan France offers an inside look at his life and career, sharing the lessons he has learned along the way.


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February

The Ungrateful Refugee Cover ArtThe Ungrateful Refugee
By: Nina Nayeri
Dina Nayeri, who fled Iran as a child with her mother and brother, weaves her personal narrative together with the stories of other refugees in this timely and thought-provoking memoir. Nominated for the 2019 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction, The Ungrateful Refugee offers a nuanced exploration of the immigrant experience.


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Visit our online catalogue or our digital media collection to reserve your copy today!

January

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Where the Crawdads Sing
By: Delia Owens
Part coming of age story and part crime drama - this bestselling novel focusses on the life of Kya Clark, a wild, unkempt girl who is known in Barkley Cove, North Carolina as the “Marsh Girl”.


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February

The Giver of Stars Cover ArtThe Giver of Stars
By: Jojo Moyes
The Giver of Stars tells the exciting story of the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky – a group of smart-talking, self-sufficient women who begin a traveling library that delivers books to rural America in the mid-1930s.


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March

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How to Hack a Heartbreak
By: Kristin Rockaway
A funny contemporary novel tells the story of Mel Strickland who works as an underemployed help-desk tech at a startup. After one too many disastrous dates with misbehaving dudes, Mel uses her coding skills to design an app that will change the online dating scene once and for all.


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April

The Institute cover art

The Institute
By: Stephen King
From the leading author in horror fiction comes a new gripping tale about a boy named Luke, who wakes up in a sinister institution surrounded by other kids with extranormal gifts. The staff are ruthless at extracting these gifts and if you play along, you are rewarded. But if you don’t, the punishment is brutal. Luke is desperate to escape. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.


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May

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The Testaments
By: Margaret Atwood
When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her--freedom, prison or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.


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Interested? Sign up online today and contribute your thoughts and opinions to the discussion! The book club does not take place in real time, so you can participate whenever it is convenient for you.

How do I sign up?

  1. Create a Goodreads account
    • Visit www.goodreads.com and create an account. Fill in your name, an email address and a password under the Create a Free Account in the upper right-hand corner.
    • The next page gives you the option to connect your Goodreads account to social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Follow the instructions if you wish to do so. If not, click skip this step and proceed to the next page.
    • The next page allows you to select your favorite genres. Click Continue. Goodreads uses this information to "make better book recommendations and customize your browsing experience".
    • Click Continue to move to the "Rate Books that You've Read" page.
    • Book recommendations from the selected genres will be displayed. You can:
      • ignore these suggestions
      • indicate that you Want to Read some of them
      • rate the books you have already read.
      • You can complete this process at any time or even opt out of doing it altogether by click on “I’m finished rating” on the top right hand side of the page.
  2. Join our Online Book Club
    • Find Explore in the Goodreads website header. Click on the arrow next to Explore and select Groups from the drop-down list. Do a search for SCPL Online Nonfiction Book Club. Select it, and on the next page, click on Join Group.
    • The next screen prompts you to select group discussion e-mail settings. **Goodreads is designed to send you an email every time someone posts to the group. To avoid this, select the 3rd option, which reads “Notification Only”** Make your selection, and click on Join Group.
    • You are now a member the SCPL Online Nonfiction Book Club!

Logging In

To log in to view the activity and contribute to the book club discussion, sign in to your Goodreads account with your email address and password. Find Explore in the Goodreads website header. Click on the arrow next to Explore and select Groups from the drop-down list. Under My Groups, select SCPL Online Nonfiction Book Club.

Download the App!

  1. Goodreads also has an app available to iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and Android users. Simply download the app from Google Play or iTunes and sign in with the same email and password that you used on the Goodreads website.
  2. Once on the app, select the menu from the bottom right corner and select Groups in order to find the listing for the SCPL Online Nonfiction Book Club. You can read through the discussions and have your say wherever you happen to be!

If you have any questions please feel free to call the Adult Information Services department at 905-688-6103, ext. 211, visit the Central Library or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for registration assistance.

Community Book Club Collections

The St. Catharines Public Library will lend out book club sets to any community book club that has registered at the Children’s and Community Services Department at the Central Library. For a list of current titles available, please see the attached list. For more information, call 905-688-6103, ext.227.

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