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!
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.
Local Book Clubs
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.
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
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.
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
Have questions? Want more recommendations?