book club banner

A Book Club of One's Own
Participate Anytime via our BookClubs page

Virtual Book Club is rebranding as A Book Club of One's Own.  The name is taken from Virginia Woolf’s essay A Room of One's Own in which Woolf expounds on the need for a private space to create.

We are trying a hybrid format that includes Zoom meetings and a message board on the Bookclubs site that allows members to post comments about the current book, suggest new titles, participate in polls, and more. Sign up for Bookclubs and join A Book Club of One's Own online. There is no cost.

Winter 2022-2023
Featured Book and Author Talk:  Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese
From December 20, 2022 - February 23, 2023 

Did you read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne in high school or college?  We all have heard of Hester Prynne, who was punished by her Puritan neighbors for adultery.  She was forced to wear a large red letter A on her clothing and exiled to the edge of town.  The modern novel Hester envisions a scenario where Nathaniel Hawthorne meets a woman who inspires the story of Hester Prynne.  Isobel Gamble is a seamstress with synesthesia who perhaps has a witch in her family tree. What chemistry draws these two together?

There are 6 Zoom meetings associated with this novel and a discussion board where participants can post questions, opinions and evaluations of the book at any time.  Here's our schedule:

Dec 20-background on the Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne, Albanese
Jan 3-through p. 69, end of chapter 7
Jan 17-through p. 131, end of chapter 13
Jan 31-through p. 246, end of chapter 26
Feb 7-end of book, talk about selections for next read 

Please register to attend the Zoom meetings.


Update:  We have a bonus for our book club members!  Laurie Lico Albanese has agreed to drop by one of our Zoom meetings and chat about her books, creative process, publishing and other topics.  There will be a viewing session at the library with refreshments.  We will also have extra copies of all of Laurie's books on hand to check out.  Anyone can stop by.  You can also join via Zoom.  This Zoom meeting is separate from the discussion meetings listed above and requires separate registration.  Please save the date.

Author Talk Registration Link-Thursday, February 23, 2023 from 4:30-5:30 pm

To post on the message board, participate in polls and interact with other members, please use the Bookclubs site.


Where to Find Free Ebooks and Audio Books Online

  • Audible is offering a collection of books in audio format for free.  These are primarily children’s books. This is a great resource and may only be offered for a limited time.
  • The Internet Archive is a large repository of books, audio, video, websites, and software.  Access is free once you create an account.  There is much to discover here and multiple ways to access the information.  
  • Lit2Go is part of an educational resource clearinghouse based in Florida.  This limited collection of ebooks and audiobooks includes many classics.
  • Overdrive can be accessed via the Libby app or directly through their website.  You will need your library card and PIN to check out books.  
  • Project Gutenberg offers access to over 60,000 titles with a focus on books that are now out of copyright. 
  • The Screen Actors Guild has a small number of videos of celebrities reading children’s books for the project Storyline Online. Listen to Betty White, Oprah, Rami Malek, and others as they read a variety of children’s books.

Not Sure What to Read Next?

  • Booklist is a publication of the American Library Association. ALA has made this journal freely available. Booklist has long been a trusted source for librarians purchasing books. Read reviews, peruse lists of recommended titles, and see what the hottest trends in publishing are.  
  • Goodreads is a popular social site where people comment on books they have read and rate them. If you’re on the fence about reading a title, check out what people have to say on the Goodreads forums. You will need a free account to participate.
  • Novelist is a product from Ebsco that will help you find your next favorite book. You will need your library card number to log in. From there, you can browse titles by author, genre, target age, and more.
  • Online Author Talks are available each month online. Enjoy a range of talks from bestselling authors and thought leaders. Find new things to read and learn directly from the authors!