When Book Groups Cant Meet 

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.

3.18 The Goose GirlTHE GOOSE GIRL
By Shannon Hale

The Goose Girl Discussion Guide


3.18 The Screwtape LettersTHE SCREWTAPE LETTERS
By C.S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters Discussion Guide


3.18 The Count of Monte CristoTHE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
By Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo Discussion Guide


3.18 The Hiding PlaceTHE HIDING PLACE
By Corrie Ten Boom

The Hiding Place Discussion Guide


3.18 Next Year in HavanaNEXT YEAR IN HAVANA
By Chanel Cleeton

Next Year in Havana Discussion Guide


3.18 Nothing to EnvyNOTHING TO ENVY
By Barbara Demick

Nothing to Envy Discussion Guide


3.18 Little WomenLITTLE WOMEN
By Louisa May Alcott

Little Women Discussion Guide


3.18 The Life changing Magic of Tidying UpTHE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP
By Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Discussion Guide


3.18 The Year of LessTHE YEAR OF LESS
By Cait Flanders

The Year of Less Discussion Guide


3.18 Pride and PrejudicePRIDE AND PREJUDICE
By Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice Discussion Guide


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