Indigenous Book Club Month

Did you know that June is Indigenous Book Club Month? Perhaps you’re participating with your book club, but even if you’re not in a book club it’s a good time to check out some Indigenous authors! Here are some picks from our collection:

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

Enjoy a good Whodunnit?Whodunnits

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.

A Lonely Business

Sometimes reading is a lonely business.

When one reads a book, it’s largely an internal process. So many times I have finished a novel only to close it and think to myself, “that was really good, now what?” Whereas it is definitely satisfying to read something worthwhile, it’s sometimes frustrating to have no one to share it with.

Going to a movie is different. In a theatre, one is surrounded by other people. Although everyone interprets a movie in a different way, it’s still a shared experience and there is a very real sense of a collective emotional response. Raucous laughter, horrified shrieks, exasperated groans, or tearful sniffles are only some of the reactions that may be prompted by the activity on the screen and expressed by numerous people at once.  When one is filing out afterwards,   it’s common to hear murmurs among the crowd, such sentiments as “that was so cool” or “I liked it when…” and maybe even “I can’t believe I paid to see that!”  It could be said that watching a movie, especially in the company of others, is a far more external process.

Of course, there are ways to change this dynamic. For several decades now, I have had the privilege of occasionally hosting the St. Thomas Public Library book club. This group is comprised of an enthusiastic collection of individuals, many of whom have gotten together as a group for years. Suddenly, the solitary act of reading is not so solitary at all. The book in question is discussed, opinions are expressed, questions are raised, and themes are explored. Different perspectives are encouraged and serve to enhance the often energetic conversation. Sometimes the discussion will lead to a mention of another work altogether and one might leave the meeting inspired to try a new author, search for a new title, or, sometimes even, branch out into a new genre.  There is a certain satisfaction that comes with being able to share a “good read” with other people and the book club provides the perfect forum.

Book Club
Book Club – A different reading dynamic!

For those who are interested in attending the St. Thomas Public Library Book Club, meetings are held in the Carnegie Room (lower level), the first Tuesday of every month starting at 10 a.m. and run from September through June. A list of the chosen books can be found on our website or can be obtained at one of our Service desks. New members are always welcome and there is no need to register in advance.

So if you interested, the process is simple; just read the book, show up, and share!


2012-2013 Adult Library Book Club

The 2012-2013 line-up for the St. Thomas Public Library’s Adult Book Club has been released!

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 on the main level of the library; if copies aren’t on hand, you can place a hold to be notified when they become available.

Book Club meetings typically take place on the first Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in the Carnegie Room, lower level of St. Thomas Public Library. No registration is required. Just show up ready to discuss!

Click the book covers below to place a hold on the accompanying books.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie FordTuesday, September 11, 2012

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

2009 (290 pages)

Hosted by: Sharon Little

At her home, 18 Rosebery Place – Because of the location, please call the library at 519-631-6050 if you would like to attend this particular book club meeting.

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia WoolfTuesday, October 2, 2012

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

1925 (216 pages)

Hosted by: Susan Andrews

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWittTuesday, November 6, 2012

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

2011 (325 pages)

Hosted by: Judie Land

The House I Loved by Tatiana de RosnayTuesday, December 4, 2012

The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay

2012 (222 pages)

Hosted by: Donna Hanson

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor BrownTuesday, January 8, 2013

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

2011 (320 pages)

Hosted by: Trish Lee

Tender is the Night by F. Scott FitzgeraldTuesday, February 5, 2013

Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

1934 (320 pages)

Hosted by: Mary Ann Neely

The Ape House by Sara GruenTuesday, March 5, 2013

The Ape House by Sara Gruen

2010 (306 pages)

Hosted by: Carole Watson

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCannTuesday, April 2, 2013

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

2009 (349 pages)

Hosted by: Eileen Cook

The Paris Wife by Paul McLainTuesday, May 7, 2013

The Paris Wife by Paul McLain

2011 (320 pages)

Hosted by: Barb Hoskins

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo IshiguroTuesday, June 4, 2013

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

2005 (263 pages)

Hosted by: Dana Vanzanten

Can’t make it to the meeting? Join the discussion online! Visit St. Thomas Public Library’s GoodReads online discussion group!

Join the discussion online!

Adult Book Club Lineup Announced!

Looking for good books, thought-provoking discussion, and friendly people? St. Thomas Public Library has that! All are welcome to attend the St. Thomas Public Library Adult Book Club. The Book Club is friendly group of people with an interest in reading and discussing good books and they’d like you to join them. The Book Club typically meets 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. There’s no sign-up fee or registration required. For more information on the book club, visit the library’s website, or call the Adult Department at 519-631-6050.


The Adult Book Club announces the book line-up for the 2011-2012 season!

September 2011

  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, 2006 (215 pages)

October 2011

  • Room by Emma Donoghue, 2010 (321 pages)

November 2011

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, 2010 (369 pages)

December 2011

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1937 (317 pages)

January 2012

  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, 2005 (258 pages)

February 2012

  • Hetty Dorval by Ethel Wilson, 1947 (132 pages)

March 2012

  • Cool Water by Dianne Warren, 2010 (328 pages)

April 2012

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, 2008 (325 pages)

May 2012

  • Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, 2010 (346 pages)

June 2012

  • Small Island by Andrea Levy, 2004 (441 pages)


Additional copies of the Book Club books are available in the Adult Department of St. Thomas Public Library, Elgin Mall location. Please check the website or call the Adult Department at 519-631-6050 for meeting locations.

We want to hear from you! How does the line-up look? Have you read any of these titles yet? Are you already a member of the Adult Book Club and are looking forward to the new season? Are you not yet involved in the Book Club, but are interested in joining? Please post a comment or question here. We would love to hear (er, read) what you have to say!

School’s Out – Time for Summer Reading Club!

splashIt’s that time of year again – the time when you are left scrambling to find things for the kids to do during the summer. Don’t you worry! St. Thomas Public Library always has the summer solution! (It’s both fun and educational, but you don’t need to tell them that.) The kids can SPLASH into reading and celebrate summer by joining the TD Summer Reading Club 2011 at St. Thomas Public Library! The TD Summer Reading Club is St. Thomas Public Library’s most popular children’s program. It offers fun crafts and activities, encourages reading while away from school, gives children an opportunity to meet new people, and tons of fun and free stuff along the way!

Registration for the TD Summer Reading Club begins Monday, July 4 in the Children’s and Teens’ Department of the St. Thomas Public Library, Elgin Mall location. Registration is free and children of any age can join! Each child who registers will receive:

  • A SPLASH! bag filled with free goodies
  • An activity booklet
  • Tickets for books read that can be used for weekly draws with prizes
  • Access to crafts and activities every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. until noon beginning July 11.Join the TD Summer Reading Club

Also, every registrant will receive something special! This year, the Western Fair Association has generously donated One Day V.I.P. passes to the Western Fair (September 9 to 18), valid for one gate admission, for every child who registers for the TD Summer Reading Club!

Registration continues throughout the summer. Be sure to visit the Children’s and Teens’ Department in the Elgin Mall to register your children, grandchildren, the little folks you babysit, nieces and nephews, whoever!  If you would like more details about the craft and activities, visit the library’s website.