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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

Romance Lovers Book Club

Do you love romance novels? The Central Library runs a monthly book club where all different types of romance novels are discussed. 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

Modern Romance cover art

Modern Romance
By: Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg
Romance and relationships are universal, but the journey to find love has transformed dramatically over time, with technology playing a big role in helping people find that perfect partner. Aziz Ansari, star of Master of None and Parks and Recreation, has explored modern romance through comedy for years, but teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg for a comprehensive worldwide research study on the topic. The resulting book, Modern Romance, is a combination of irreverent humour and pioneering social science that provides an intriguing exploration of the new romantic landscape.


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February

A History of Canada in Ten Maps Cover ArtA History of Canada in Ten Maps
By: Adam Shoalts
Maps show us more than the world as we know it. They also tell the story of how the world was seen throughout history. Explorer Adam Shoalts takes us on a journey through Canada’s past to discover the stories behind Canadian maps. From the wandering Vikings to the Franklin Expedition, Shoalts charts a path through Canadian History to show how these maps had a part in shaping our country.


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March

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Because I Was a Girl: True Stories for Girls of All Ages
By: Melissa de la Cruz
This book shares the personal accounts of a diverse group of women and girls of all ages and from all walks of life. Their stories tell about overcoming the challenges and obstacles encountered because of their gender, oftentimes breaking new ground in fields where women were not welcome. With this book, editor and contributor Melissa de la Cruz presents an inspiring collection of true stories from CEOs, entrepreneurs, bestselling authors, bankers, and scientists as well as girls and young women who are already leaders, paving the way for future generations.


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April

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The lost city of the monkey god
By: Donald Preston
This real-life archaeological adventure story explores a 500 year old legend of a lost city in the Honduran interior. Indigenous tribes claim the sacred city is protected and that any invaders will be cursed. In 1940, a journalist named Theodore Morde found the lost city and recovered hundreds of artifacts but committed suicide without revealing its location. In 2012, Preston set out on an expedition with a team of scientists to find the Lost City of the Monkey God. Preston and his team encounter treacherous conditions, deadly animals, and beautiful wilderness in their quest. This suspenseful and dramatic adventure is a true account of an amazing discovery.


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May

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter cover artOne Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
By: Scaachi Koul
In this collection of confessional essays about growing up in a Western culture as the millennial daughter of Indian immigrants, Scaachi deploys her razor-sharp humour to share her fears, outrages, and mortifying experiences as an outsider living in Canada. She’s forced to confront questions about gender dynamics, racial tensions and ethnic stereotypes – all as she tries to find her feet in the world. This book is funny, sharp, poignant, and very entertaining.


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June

Everybody Lies cover artEverybody Lies
By: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
As the author states in the title of this bestseller, people lie. We lie to our friends, our partners, our doctors, and even to ourselves. But in today’s information age, online data reveals the truth about what people really think, what they really want, and what they really do. This book explores the fascinating, shocking, disturbing, and hilarious insights big data provides about human nature and how this information can help us better understand our lives and ourselves.


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July

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist cover artThe Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South
By: Radley Balko & Tucker Carrington

Two three-year-olds were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi and two innocent men spent a combined 30 years in prison before being exonerated. How could this happen? A dishonest medical examiner and dentist provided phony evidence under oath, which led to thousands of convictions. Written by a journalist and criminal defense lawyer, the book is a shocking exposé of institutional racism and junk forensic science allowed by the state’s criminal justice system.


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August

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist cover artThe Stranger in the Woods
By: Michael Finkel

Christopher Knight lived alone in the woods for 27 years. From the age of 20 until his arrest for stealing food, he did not speak to another human being. Why did he choose a life of seclusion? How did he survive? What challenges did he face once he returned to society? The author, who was able to interview Knight, seeks to answer these questions and more to give the reader insight into the mind of “the last true hermit.”


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

September

Crazy Rich Asians cover artCrazy Rich Asians
By: Kevin Kwan

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Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back.

October

The Lightkeeper’s Daughters cover artThe Lightkeeper’s Daughters
By: Jean Pendziwol

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Though her mind is still sharp, Elizabeth's eyes have failed. No longer able to linger over her beloved books or gaze at the paintings that move her spirit, she fills the void with music and memories of her family--a past that suddenly becomes all too present when her late father's journals are found amid the ruins of an old shipwreck. With the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenage performing community service, Elizabeth goes through the diaries, a journey through time that brings the two women closer together.

November

Bellewether cover artBellewether
By: Susanna Kearsley

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It's 1759 and the world is at war, pulling the North American colonies of Britain and France into the conflict. The times are complicated, as are the loyalties of many New York merchants who have secretly been trading with the French for years, defying Britain's colonial laws in a game growing ever more treacherous. When captured French officers are brought to Long Island to be billeted in private homes on their parole of honour, it upends the lives of the Wilde family-deeply involved in the treasonous trade and already divided by war.

December

Good Omens cover artGood Omens
By: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

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Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don't let you go around again until you get it right." According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch – the world's only totally reliable guide to the future, written in 1655, before she exploded – the world will end on a Saturday.

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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