It all started with Emma Watson. She started leaving books from her feminist book club on the London Underground subway system for people to take home. A free book prompts discussion, and the actress thought it would be an interesting way to find a broader audience for her book club.
Now, Montreal has its own book fairy in Audree Archambault. She’s been leaving books in Montreal Metro stations in hopes that they’ll read the books, and then pay it forward by leaving the books for someone else. Archambault is a YouTuber and books lover, and for International Women’s Day this year, she received a box of books from publishers, each containing a book with a hand-written note from Emma Watson herself, to distribute for her project.
Each book that Archambault leaves contains a sticker explaining why it was left there and instructions on how to pass it on. You might even find her peering around a corner to see who takes her books–and it’s often a struggle for people to take something with them for free, even with the note.
You can read more about the project by clicking on the link here.
I’m sure most library users would appreciate finding a book that they could take home, regardless of where it was left. Would you participate?
Don’t forget, on Monday night, we’ll be discussing Alice Munro’s DEAR LIFE at our regular book club meeting. It runs from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, and new members are welcome. If you’ve read the book and you’re interested in lively discussion, please join us!
Our new fall Book Club has been a great success so far, with lots of interesting discussion and some unique books. Next up? SARAH’S KEY by Tatiana de Rosnay on Monday, January 12, 2015.
If you haven’t read this story, it’s a heart-breaker. It begins in 1942 in Paris during a Nazi raid where much of the Jewish population was rounded up and sent to large facilities such as bicycle stadiums, and held under terrible conditions until they were shipped by train to Auschwitz for extermination. In this story, Sarah–a 10-year-old Jewish girl—is arrested with her family and whisked off to one of the shelters. Her story is tragic enough, but a choice she makes during the raid will forever change her life.
Years later, a journalist researching an article about this period, comes across something that connects her to Sarah’s family. Once she begins to put the pieces together, the tragedy makes her look at her own life and the choices she’s made. It is a complex and emotional story, but one which should provide some fascinating discussion during our next book club.
If you haven’t read the book, drop by the library and we’ll try to get you a copy in time to make the meeting. You don’t have to register to attend, so if you’ve already read the book and would like to come, the meeting starts at 6:30pm on Jan. 12th. Yes, we’ll have refreshments!
Book clubs are a great way to get to know new people, to discuss wonderful books, and challenge your usual reading lists. Why not give it a try? See you in January!
We have a new book club starting in the New Year….our first Teen Book Club! We’re hoping to get a great group of teen readers ready to discuss all sorts of great YA fiction out there. If you know someone who might be interested in attending, we’ll meet the last Wednesday of each month from 4-5:30pm here at the library. (And if it helps to get them here, tell them there will be FOOD!)
The first meeting isn’t until Wednesday, February 25th, but I wanted to get people thinking about it. We will begin registration for this program on February 1st, so watch for our posters in the library in January. And bring an idea for your favourite books to read this spring!
We had a great turnout for our first ever Book Club! There was plenty of discussion about all kinds of books, and almost everyone had a selection for the upcoming months. What did we choose? Here’s what we’ll be reading over the next few months:
Nov. 10 — THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie
Dec. 8 — STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
Jan. 12 — SARAH’S KEY by Tatiana De Rosnay
Feb. 9 — THE BIRTH HOUSE by Ami McKay
March 9 — DEAR LIFE by Alice Munro
April 13 — WE ARE WATER by Wally Lamb
May 11 — THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL by Philippa Gregory
June 8 — THE OUTLANDER by Gil Adamson
As you can see, there is a nice variety of books, including lots of Canadian authors. If you want to get in on our book club, we’re going to be meeting the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30 – 8pm. No need to register, just come and join us for some lively discussion about the book!
For the very first time, we’re holding a book club at the Carleton Place Public Library! It’s going to be an exciting fall, so if you’re looking to meet up with other readers from our community, we welcome you to come to the first meeting on Monday, October 20th from 6:30pm – 8pm. Regular meetings will be the second Monday of each month, same time. We’ll be picking the book selections at the first meeting, so come with your recommendations!
And yes, there will be refreshments! Registration is required, so call us for more information at 257-2702.