Join a Book Club

Post by Megan, Information Services staff 

We may be biased, but book clubs are fabulous! In this series, we’ll tell you why book clubs are wonderful, share some local clubs and later provide you with ideas for hosting your own. 

So… Why join a book club? Here are our top 3 reasons: 

1. Connect with others. 

Book clubs are social events with built in ice breakers and a low level of commitment. There is often a host to drive the conversation and it takes time to read, so you won’t be going to a meeting every week. Book clubs are usually held once per month.  

2. Tackle tough topics

These days there are many pressing societal issues. The media presents an overwhelming view of the top stories, but reading a book shares information in a calm, controlled way. Good books immerse you in someone else’s diverse story. Plus, book clubs are safe spaces to have those important conversations. There’s a reason why parents come back to books to teach children important topics

3. It’s brain training! 

Reading is a work out for your brain. It can change the way you think, improve your capacity for empathy and might even prevent dementia

Don’t believe us? The Stratford Writers’ Festival has a list of 6 reason to join a book club and Real Simple Magazine breaks down 8 Science-Based Reasons to Read

Join a Book Club 

If you’re new to book clubs, joining an existing one first is a fantastic way to get started. Bring a friend or get ready to make new connections. 

KPL Book Clubs 

The library hosts several book clubs each month. Check out our website for details or explore the images below for upcoming selections. 

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  • the 7 and a half deaths of evelyn hardcastle cover
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  • the invisible life of addie larue cover
  • anxious people cover
  • the pull of the stars cover
  • extraordinary canadians cover

Local Book Clubs 

The Branches Anti-Racist Book Club 

This club is offered by The Branches (Yoga) in Downtown Kitchener. It’s a free book club covering anti-racist materials. They meet several times over a number of months to discuss each book. This fall they will be reading The Body is Not an Apology: the Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor. 

Real Talk Book Club 

This is a brand-new book club, started by Laura Mae Lindo, the current MPP for Kitchener Centre. The goal is to “[bring] people together for some “Real Talk” – our very own book and film club grounded in love, care compassion and a desire to create the community and the world we want.” Real Talk just finished their first book Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada

International Book Clubs 

No Name Book Club 

Each month, this online/IRL (in-real-life) book club highlights books written by authors of color. They also send their monthly book picks to incarcerated folks through their prison program. In September they are reading Belly of the Beast by Da’Shaun L. Harrison, Heavy by Kiese Laymon, and The Skin I’m In by Sharon G Flake. 

Reese (Witherspoon)’s Book Club 

Each month this southern actress picks a book with a woman at the center of the story. You’ll need to download the free app to join in on discussions and content, but September’s adult pick is L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón. 

More Book Clubs 

Looking for more suggestions of what to watch / listen / read next? Request a DiscoveREAD surprise bag. Don’t have a library card yet? Get one here. Have a question? Email us at askkpl@org.


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