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!

2019 Online Nonfiction Book Club Titles

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

January

Lose Well cover art

Lose Well
By: Chris Gethard
This book alerts readers to the fact that odds are - failure is imminent. Chris Gethard, however, maintains that failure is an art form, and failure the only way to discover who you are and what’s most important to you. The author illustrates this philosophy with hilarious tales about his own missteps, misadventures, and public failures. With his trademark wit and inspiring storytelling, Gethard teaches us how to how to fail with grace, laugh on the way down, and as we dust ourselves off, how to turn our failures into opportunities.


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February

Educated: A Memoir Cover ArtEducated: A Memoir
By: Tara Westover
Tara Westover was raised in a survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho - isolated from mainstream society. Hospitals and medical attention were forbidden and Westover did not receive a formal education until the age of 17. Her thirst for knowledge was transformational and she eventually earned a PhD from Cambridge University. Place this book on hold today, marvel at this remarkable coming-of-age story, and join the discussion online!


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2019 Online Fiction Book Club Titles

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

January

The Hate U Give cover art

The Hate U Give
By: Angie Thomas
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.


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February

The Great Alone Cover ArtThe Great Alone
By: Kristin Hannah
Hannah's vivid depiction of a struggling family begins as a young father and POW returns from Vietnam, suffering from PTSD. The Allbright family, barely making ends meet in 1974, moves from Seattle to the untamed wilderness of Kaneq, Alaska, to claim a parcel of land left to Ernt by a slain Army buddy. At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers, but in their small cabin the family soon learns that in the wild there is no one to save them but themselves.


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March

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Warlight
By: Michael Ondaatje
A mesmerizing novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.


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April

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White Houses
By: Amy Bloom
The unexpected and forbidden affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok unfolds in a triumph of historical fiction from the New York Times bestselling author of Away and Lucky Us.


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May

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Too Like the Lightning
By: Ada Palmer
Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer – a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion. Mycroft and Carlyle stumble across a boy who may have the power destabilize the so-called “utopian” world of the 25th century.


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June

The Cuckoo’s Calling cover art

The Cuckoo’s Calling
By: Robert Galbraith
Cormoran Strike, a private detective who is also ex-military, is hired to investigate the death of the beautiful, famous and wealthy supermodel Lula Landry. Known to her friends as the Cuckoo, Landry famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but the family refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.


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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.

Goodreads Sign Up Instructions

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.