Are Mystery Books Still a Mystery to You?

IWhodunnitsf you’ve never really delved into the world of the Mystery genre, you don’t know what you’re missing! Indeed, it can be a very frightening place. Where do you start? There are so many series, authors, sub-genres… How do you pick a good one?

Good news! Our “Whodunnit” evening mystery book club is the perfect place to start! This group meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Carnegie Room, lower level. This lively group come out to socialize and/or to expand their reading interests. The mystery books chosen are often from well-known authors, classics, from series; books that will help give you a good foundation of the mystery genre so you can explore the mystery section with confidence. The Whodunnit Book Club meetings often discuss a variety of mystery authors, series, characters, and books, rather than just sticking to one particular type of mystery genre or author. Variety is the spice of life and a good mystery!

The next meeting takes place on Tuesday, February 10 @ 7 PM. We will be discussing “The Winter Queen” by Boris Akunin. Extra copies of this book are available on the Holds/Book Club shelf on the main level of the library, near the Circulation Desk. There is no registration required; just drop-in. Everyone is welcome!

Have questions or need more information? Contact Susan by email at sandews@stthomaspubliclibrary.ca or by phone at (519) 631-6050 ext. 8013.

Culture Days Reminder: Be Part of the Art

Be Part of the Art

Be Part of the Art! During Culture Days

Saturday, September 27, 2014

9 am to Noon OR 1 pm to 4 pm | Carnegie Room | Lower level

  • Learn how to sketch with a vanishing point!
  • Come when it’s convenient for YOU with two drop-in sessions!
  • Absolutely FREE!

Join Connie Greger as she takes you on an artist’s personal journey from Europe to Canada. Learn how to sketch with a vanishing point and hear how Elgin County is part of an artistic lineage which starts with the Impressionist and Expressionist in Europe, carries on through the Group of Seven and encompasses work going on in Elgin County today!

Reason #91 – Anyone Can Join Our Book Clubs

Reason #91 - Anyone Can Join Our Book ClubsSt. Thomas Public Library has three book clubs for adults and every one of them is open to the public, free of charge. Two of the book clubs are new (ish) and one has been going on for over a decade. Public are welcome to join any of them, the Adult Book Club, the “Whodunnit” Mystery Book Club, and – the latest – Books & Brews Book Club. There is no charge to join and no registration is required. Just read the book, and show up!

 

Let’s start off with the newest – Books & Brews. This book club starts tomorrow, Wednesday, September 24 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Midtown Tavern in St. Thomas, ON. This book club is modeled after a London Public Library book club called “Books on Tap.” The idea is to offer a casual, relaxed atmosphere to discuss good books over good brews to a bit of a younger crowd (but 19+, please! We are meeting in a bar, after all.) For the very first meeting, club members have a chance to discuss how they’d like the book club to run, what kind of books they’ll read, and if they’ll even set a book-to-read, or just discus good books in general. The choice is yours! Don’t miss out on the first meeting – you have the chance to shape a library program and book club history! This book club will typically meet every other month on the last Wednesday of the month. For more information, call the Adult Information Desk at 519-631-6050 ext. 8013 or email Trish at tlee@stthomaspubliclibrary.ca. Upcoming meeting dates:

  • September 23, 2014
  • November 26, 2014
  • January 28, 2015
  • March 25, 2015
  • May 27, 2015

 

Whodunnit – Mystery Book Club. This book club was specially created to target a crowd that cannot make the daytime Adult Book Club meetings. Also, the mystery genre is extremely popular in St. Thomas Public Library with consistently high circulation stats. What does this mean? That a LOT of people in St. Thomas like mysteries, so why not give them a book club to discuss their mysterious passion? The Whodunnit Mystery Book Club typically takes place on the second Tuesday evening of every month from September to June from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Room, lower level of the library. The following is the set reading list. Each title links to the library’s catalogue so you can place a hold on the book. (Extra copies of book club books are available on the main level of the library.)

 

STPL Adult Book Club. This book club has been convening for years! The reading list covers a wide array of genres in fiction and occasionally non-fiction, new and old, classics and cutting-edge. The STPL Adult Book Club typically takes place on the first Tuesday evening of every month from September to June from 10:00 a.m. until noon. in the Carnegie Room, lower level of the library. The following is the set reading list. Each title links to the library’s catalogue so you can place a hold on the book. (Extra copies of book club books are available on the main level of the library.)

We hope you can join us to one or all of our book clubs! There’s certainly something for everyone, regardless of gender, age, favourite genre, availability, or comfort. You don’t even have to participate if you’re not comfortable! Just read the book and enjoy the discussion. (Although participation is always encouraged. Hearing other people’s views and opinions on books is what it’s all about!) And, the best part, they’re all FREE and DROP-IN! No obligation to attend every meeting. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain! See you there!

Books & Brews: A New STPL Book Club

Books & Brews: a St. Thomas Public Library Book Club

A casual, relaxed atmosphere to discuss good books over good beer.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 7:00-8:30 PM

Midtown Tavern, 701 Talbot St, St Thomas, ON N5P 1E1

 

This NEW, free book club is for the younger crowd (well, over 19 years old at least) who enjoy a more relaxed setting to discuss good books. Midtown Tavern on Talbot Street in St. Thomas was more than happy to allow us space to hold our meetings! At this first meeting, we’ll set up the basics by discussing group format and vote on books to read for upcoming meetings. Don’t miss your chance to have your say on how this new (and awesome) book club will run!

We’d like to say that we’re pioneers – coming up with this whole “Book Club and beer” thing, but London Public Library has recently started one, too, called “Books on Tap.” Their book club is well received and we thought, “Hey! St. Thomas deserves a casual and fun book club, too!” (That isn’t to say our Adult Book Club and Whodunnit Mystery Book Club aren’t fun, but you don’t get to drink beer at those.)

Meetings are held every-other month, on the last Wednesday of the month. (We don’t want TOO much pressure by having a “mandatory” book every month.) No registration is required. Just show up with a list of books you think other people should read. There’s no obligation to come to every meeting and there is absolutely no obligation to consume alcohol; we’re just saying that you can if you choose. This is just about good books, good beer, and good times! Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Wednesday meetings:

  • September 24, 2014
  • November 26, 2014
  • January 28, 2015
  • March 25, 2015
  • May 27, 2015

Books and Brews - A New St. Thomas Public Library Book Club

Whodunnits – Mystery Book Club – February 2014

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At St. Thomas Public Library, we try to offer programs that are wanted and relevant to our community. We frequently get requests and suggestions from customers for programs and events, and we do what we can to make them happen.  This is one of those times. Join the “Whodunnits” Mystery Book Club, with evening meetings.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Carnegie Room, lower level

No registration required!

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Before I Go To SleepWithout her husband’s knowledge, Christine, whose memory is damaged by a long-ago accident, is treated by a neurologist who helps her to remember her former self through journal entries until inconsistencies begin to emerge, raising disturbing questions.

This is one of those times. Join the “Whodunnits” Mystery Book Club, with evening meetings.

Anyone is welcome to join both the “Whodunnits” Mystery Book Club, which is held in the evening, typically on the second Tuesday of the month, and the Adult Book Club, which is held in the morning, typically on the first Tuesday of the month.

For more information, visit the library’s website.

An Evening Adult Book Club? It’s a Mystery!

Enjoy a good whodunnit?

At St. Thomas Public Library, we try to offer programs that are wanted and relevant to our community. We frequently get requests and suggestions from customers for programs and events, and we do what we can to make them happen.

This is one of those times.

 

Over the past year or so, we’ve heard one idea pop up a couple of times: an evening book club for adults. St. Thomas Public Library has been running a well-attended daytime book club for many years now. (The first meeting to our new season is Tuesday, September 3 and you can read all about it!) But with only morning meetings, people who work during the day can never attend, leaving a gap in service to our customers.

 

With the new book club season beginning soon, we thought the time was right to put out the “Official” feelers. We looked at our statistics for which genre circulates really well in this library, and decided that our mystery collection is popular enough to warrant an in-dept look and group discussions. Our behind-the-scenes people have put out the call to all St. Thomas Public Library customers to see if there is enough interest to actually run an ongoing evening adult book club that focused on mysteries.

 

We’re taking names of those who may be interested in an Evening Adult Book Club that will meet once per month. If you would like to join an Adult Mysteries Book Club, please email rcrocker@st-thomas.library.on.ca or call 519-631-6050. We’ll take your information and give you the date and time for the first meeting when enough people have signed up.

 

There is no obligation – the first meeting (we’re aiming for early October) is really more of a planning session. We’ll use group consensus to decide what kind of mysteries we’ll read and discuss, meeting format, who chooses the books or authors, etc. St. Thomas Public Library staff will chose the first book and announce it at the planning meeting. After that, it’s up to the group to decide what comes next!

 

So if you’re mad about mysteries, or can’t wait to unleash your inner sleuth and let us know! Contact the library and put your name on the list for the planning meeting for the first ever Evening Adult Book Club! Call the library at 519-631-6050, email Ruth Crocker, our Marketing Coordinator, at rcrocker@st-thomas.library.on.ca, or go to the Adult Information Desk on the main level of St. Thomas Public Library to sign up in person.

 

Hope to see you there, and in the meantime – happy reading!

STPL Adult Book Club: 2013-2014

All are welcome to attend the St. Thomas Public Library Book Club. We are a friendly group of people with an interest in reading and discussing good books and we’d like you to join us! We acquire additional copies of Book Club books. Please ask at the Service Desk; if copies aren’t on hand, you can place a hold to be notified when they become available.

 

We typically meet at 10:00 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. All members read the selected title each month, then discuss the book. The host for that day gives a summary of the author’s life and/or career to begin the discussion.

 

No need to sign up – just show up! All are welcome.  Coffee and water are provided.

 

2013-2014 Adult Book Club Reading List

 

The Round House by Luise ErdrichTuesday, September 3, 2013

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

2012 (321 pages)Place this book on hold

Hosted by: Sharon Little

Registration is required for this meeting. See library staff for off-site location

 

 

Water Wings by Kristen den HartogTuesday, October 1, 2013

Water Wings by Kristen den Hartog

2001 (255 pages)Place this book on hold

Hosted by: Susan Andrews

Carnegie Room, lower level

 

 

The Outlander by Gil AdamsonTuesday, November 5, 2013

The Outlander by Gil Adamson

2012 (388 pages)Place this book on hold

Hosted by: Judie Land

Carnegie Room, lower level

 

 

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy ChevalierTuesday, December 3, 2013

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

2010 (312 pages)Place this book on hold

Hosted by: Donna Hanson

Carnegie Room, lower level

 

 

Gifts From the Sea by Anne Morrow LindberghTuesday, January 7, 2014

Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (non-fiction)

1955 (127 pages)Place this book on hold

Hosted by: Stephanie Holt

Carnegie Room, lower level

 

 

Dear Life: Stories by Alice MunroTuesday, February 4, 2014

Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro

2012 (319 pages)Place this book on hold

Hosted by: Mary Ann Neely

Carnegie Room, lower level

 

 

The Folded Earth by Anuradha RoyTuesday, March 4, 2014

The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy

2012 (269 pages)Place this book on hold

Hosted by: Carole Watson

Carnegie Room, lower level

 

 

Tell The Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka BruntTuesday, April 1, 2014

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

2012 (360 pages)Place this book on hold

Hosted by: Heather Robinson

Carnegie Room, lower level

 

 

Elegy for April by Benjamin BlackTuesday, May 6, 2014

Elegy for April by Benjamin Black

2010 (293 pages)Place this book on hold

Hosted by: Eileen Cook

Carnegie Room, lower level

 

 

Behind the Beautiful ForeversTuesday, June 3, 2014

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (non-fiction)

2012 (256 pages)Place this book on hold

Hosted by: Dana Vanzanten

Carnegie Room, lower level