Being stuck at home can disrupt a lot of day-to-day life, and book clubs are no exception! If you need to stay home, but are missing the ability to meet and connect with others (especially to discuss books!), there are a few tools that can help.
Group Chat and Videoconference Software
There are a few free products that allow groups to communicate together instantly without the need for long email threads. Both Slack and Facebook, among others, have instant messaging service that can be used on devices or computers, and instant message groups can be created that can chat together. There are also several videoconferencing software options, although many of them will only facilitate one-to-one video calls. Skype can broadcast free video calls to groups of up to 25 individuals, and can also be used for group chats and photo and file sharing. For multiple video streams, Zoom can pull in up to 50 streams at the same time. It offers video, audio, and screensharing, as well as group messaging, although there is a time limit for the free version. Freeconferencecall also provides teleconferencing for up to 24 people, and as an added bonus, calls can be recorded for viewing later on.
What about reading a book together?
Getting enough copies of a book can be difficult when supplies and mobility are limited, but thanks to Overdrive's Always Available Audiobooks, everyone in your book club can still access books! "Always Available" means that there are no waiting lists and no check-out limits on individual titles. Everyone in your group can check them out and start listening right now! Overdrive maintains 75 Always Available Audiobooks (the list changes periodically to allow for fresh titles). Currently, 10 of those titles are books included in the Provo City Library’s book club collection, and following is a list of those titles and links to our discussion guides with questions that can help facilitate your group’s discussion.