Reading & Literary

Explore book clubs, author readings & more.

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age.

In the midst of a family crisis one late evening, white blogger Alix Chamberlain calls her African American babysitter, Emira, asking her to take toddler Briar to the local market for distraction. There, the security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping Briar, and Alix's efforts to right the situation turn out to be good intentions selfishly mismanaged. Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize and a finalist for the 2020 NAACP Image Award, this book explores race, class, and privilege with lightness and verve.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Lynn Valley Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

Book buddies is a one-on-one reading program to help young readers get more comfortable. We match up developing readers with teen volunteers to read together and play literacy games for 30 minutes each week. Book buddies is available for kids ages 6-11; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for more information. 

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

Book buddies is a one-on-one reading program to help young readers get more comfortable. We match up developing readers with teen volunteers to read together and play literacy games for 30 minutes each week. Book buddies is available for kids ages 6-11; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for more information. 

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm

Settle in with a cuppa home brew and chat with other book folk!

We’ll supply the books; you just have to read the book and join us via Zoom ready for a good discussion! 

All are welcome to the Afternoon Tea Book Club. Whether you are well-seasoned in book clubs or have never been in one, we invite you to participate in our Afternoon Tea Book Club live via Zoom.

This month, we're reading Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal.

Registration required to receive the Zoom link prior to the meeting. 

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom. An email address is required for registration. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the program.

What you’ll need to attend: a computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam OR your smartphone/tablet.

Location:
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

Book buddies is a one-on-one reading program to help young readers get more comfortable. We match up developing readers with teen volunteers to read together and play literacy games for 30 minutes each week. Book buddies is available for kids ages 6-11; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for more information. 

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

Book buddies is a one-on-one reading program to help young readers get more comfortable. We match up developing readers with teen volunteers to read together and play literacy games for 30 minutes each week. Book buddies is available for kids ages 6-11; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for more information. 

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm

Calling all aspiring novelists, poets, screenwriters, and journalists!

The Teen Writer’s Group is a place where young writers can develop their skills, set aside dedicated time for writing, and get ideas from other teen authors. Each session will involve learning and practicing a writing skill and time to work on your own writing projects. Please bring something to write on (a notebook, laptop, or tablet work great).

This group is for teens who are in high school (grades 8-12). 

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for more information.

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Keith Gessen’s A Terrible Country.

Russian-American Andrei moves from Brooklyn to Moscow to care for his ailing grandmother during the height of Putin’s consolidation of power. When he becomes entangled with a group of leftists, Andrei's politics and his allegiances are tested, and he is forced to come to terms with the Russian society he was born into and the American one he has enjoyed since he was a kid. A novel about Russia, exile, family, love, history and fate, A Terrible County asks what you owe the place you were born, and what it owes you.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Lynn Valley Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Who says Monday mornings can’t be fun? Are you looking to join a book club but don’t know where to start? Join us for Monday Morning Book Club! Just have the book read before the meeting and drop in! 

This month, we're reading and discussing The Girl They Left Behind by Roxanne Veletzos

Registration is required in order to receive a link to the Zoom meeting.

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. 

For more information about Monday Morning Book Club, email David at milnerd@nvdpl.ca.

Location:
Monday, May 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

Book buddies is a one-on-one reading program to help young readers get more comfortable. We match up developing readers with teen volunteers to read together and play literacy games for 30 minutes each week. Book buddies is available for kids ages 6-11; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for more information. 

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

Book buddies is a one-on-one reading program to help young readers get more comfortable. We match up developing readers with teen volunteers to read together and play literacy games for 30 minutes each week. Book buddies is available for kids ages 6-11; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for more information. 

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House.

This family drama spans a half-century and centers around siblings Danny and Maeve’s relationship to each other and the “Dutch House” of the title. After their mother abandons them, and their father dies, their stepmother expels them from their house when they are still youths. This is the story of changing fortunes and family relationships told with compelling psychological and emotional insight.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Capilano Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

Book buddies is a one-on-one reading program to help young readers get more comfortable. We match up developing readers with teen volunteers to read together and play literacy games for 30 minutes each week. Book buddies is available for kids ages 6-11; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for more information. 

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

Book buddies is a one-on-one reading program to help young readers get more comfortable. We match up developing readers with teen volunteers to read together and play literacy games for 30 minutes each week. Book buddies is available for kids ages 6-11; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for more information. 

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Susan Orlean’s The Library Book.

Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the devastating 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times’ bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a never-before-done way. Along the way, you will meet some of the colourful real-life personalities of the LAPL all the way back in the 1880s, including a teenager, an adventurer, and a fruit farmer.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Capilano Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

·        Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.

·        You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch

Location:
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Kids! Get your hands on the newest book and read it first!
 
Advance Reading Copies are books that haven’t even been published yet. In this club, you will have the chance to read and review brand new books that haven’t even hit the shelves! You’ll get an exclusive sneak peek at unpublished books and choose one to take home and review. At each meeting, we’ll discuss the books we’ve read. 
 
A selection of books will be available for members to pick up at the Lynn Valley Library. Recommended for ages 9-12. 

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom. What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. 

Registration required. Register online or call Danielle at 604-984-0286 ext. 8184If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Monday, May 31, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Anne Griffin’s When All Is Said.

This is the story of Irishman Maurice Hannigan, who, over the course of a Saturday night in June, orders five different drinks at the Rainford House Hotel. With each, he toasts a person vital to him: his doomed older brother, his troubled sister-in-law, his daughter of fifteen minutes, his son far off in America, and his late, lamented wife. And through these people, the ones who left him behind, he tells the story of his own life, with all its regrets and feuds, loves, and triumphs

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Parkgate Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Waubgeshig Rice’s Moon of the Crusted Snow.

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people struggle to battle confusion, panic, and hunger, along with some disruptive outsiders arriving to the community. Fast-paced and without a word out of place, this story shows us how a community can reach to its past to overcome catastrophe.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Parkgate Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Looking for a new book club with a digital twist? Join us for our new Libby Book Club!

We’ll be picking some top reads from the Libby app by OverDrive and discussing them every month! Read or listen to the book before the meeting and drop in via Zoom for a good discussion.

This month, we are reading Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer. 

This meeting will take place on Zoom. What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the event. We will be using Zoom Meetings, so your mic and video will be turned off when you enter the event.

Please read or listen to the book before the meeting. Registration required to receive Zoom invitation. Register online or call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.

Location:
Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Not your average book club!

Advance Reading Copies are books that haven’t even been published yet. At the Teen Advance Readers’ club, you’ll have the chance to read and review brand new teen books that haven’t even hit the shelves!

You’ll get an exclusive sneak peek at unpublished teen fiction, then choose a book to take home and review. At each meeting, we’ll discuss the books and pick our read for the coming month!

Don’t miss your chance to READ IT FIRST!

ARC Book Club is available for teens grade 7-12.

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for more information.

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet.

Location:
Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 4:00pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.

After a shocking breakup, therapist Lori Gottlieb realizes that she, too, could use a therapist. As she tells the story of her visits to a therapist she calls Wendell, she also explains many of the theories behind how therapy actually works, and how it helps people re-write the narratives they tell about themselves.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Lynn Valley Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Calling all aspiring novelists, poets, screenwriters, and journalists!

The Teen Writer’s Group is a place where young writers can develop their skills, set aside dedicated time for writing, and get ideas from other teen authors. Each session will involve learning and practicing a writing skill and time to work on your own writing projects. Please bring something to write on (a notebook, laptop, or tablet work great).

This group is for teens who are in high school (grades 8-12). 

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for more information.

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys.

Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this novel is set about 100 years after Colson Whitehead’s award-winning book The Underground Railroad. In this novel in the Jim Crow South, teenaged Elroy is sent to a brutal reform school called the Nickel Academy for a crime he did not commit. There, he struggles to hold onto Dr. Martin Luther’s King’s ringing assertion, “Throw us in jail and we will still love you.” The trials that Elroy and the other boys go through at the school are reprehensible, but Whitehead leads you through the story with aplomb.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Lynn Valley Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Who says Monday mornings can’t be fun? Are you looking to join a book club but don’t know where to start? Join us for Monday Morning Book Club! Just have the book read before the meeting and drop in! 

This month, we're reading and discussing Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue.

Registration is required in order to receive a link to the Zoom meeting.

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. 

For more information about Monday Morning Book Club, email David at milnerd@nvdpl.ca.

Location:
Monday, June 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am