Since March 2020, book clubs at Shreve Memorial Library have gone virtual, meeting monthly through platforms such as Zoom. This month, Shreve Memorial Library is expanding book club offerings to include participation in the Big Library Read and the Baker & Taylor Teen and Adult Book Clubs in addition to its monthly SML Virtual Book Club meeting. Participation in each book club is free and open to all.
From April 5 to April 19, Shreve Memorial Library patrons are invited to join OverDrive’s Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. The Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an e-book through public libraries. This month, Shreve Memorial Library patrons are encouraged to embrace humor to reduce stress by reading psychologist and stand-up comedian Brian King’s The Art of Taking It Easy e-book. Library patrons can check out the e-book through OverDrive or the Libby app from April 5 through April 19 with no holds or waitlists and join the global book club discussion at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion.
In addition to the Big Library Read, Shreve Memorial Library cardholders can also participate in exclusive digital book club and author events through the Baker & Taylor and Sourcebooks Mystery at the Library and Teen Book Clubs. Baker & Taylor is the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The monthly Mystery at the Library Book Club for adults and Teen Book Clubs provide Shreve Memorial Library patrons unlimited access to the featured e-book as well as access to live virtual book discussion with the authors. Upcoming book clubs book discussions include The Mystery of Mrs. Christie with New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict on Wednesday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. and a double-author Teen Book Club event on Tuesday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. featuring Natalie D. Richards, author of Five Total Strangers, and Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of The Obsession.
Local book clubs that previously met at Shreve Memorial Library branches continue to host virtual book club discussions as well. On Tuesday, April 13, the Red River Readers Book Club, based out of the Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch, will join the SML Virtual Book Club for “Jazzin’ It Up! A Discussion of POPS: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout.” The fun, jazz-infused discussion will begin at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month. Participation in the SML Virtual Book Club discussion is free and open to the public.
To register for any of the virtual book club offerings including the Baker & Taylor Mystery at the Library, Baker & Taylor Teen Book Club, or SML Virtual Book Club, please visit https://bit.ly/SMLBookClub2021. Reading the book selections beforehand is recommended, but not required.