During this time of social isolation, the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) is bringing readers together virtually with the Together Yet Separate Bookclub.
“The idea stemmed from the current state of isolation, and the inability for patrons to acquire our bookclub sets in person,” said Jake Miller, Programming and Outreach Librarian for KFPL. “This reality, paired with large blocks of free time and social isolation, sparked the idea for the Together Yet Separate Bookclub.”
The club launched on Friday, Apr. 17, 2020 and has nearly 70 members already. Anyone from Kingston-Frontenac can join in — even if they don’t have a library card.
“We typically require program participants to be cardholders, however this is not required given the circumstances,” Miller continued. “A theme-based reading list is posted every second Friday with each title available as an e-book or audiobook. Patrons can choose their own title related to the theme, but only cardholders are able to access e-materials through the library website. Questions are posted every few days that are relevant to the topic at hand. Hopefully, this group will encourage conversation for people eager to engage fellow booklovers (ages 13+). This project will be ongoing until the world returns to a semblance of normal.”
Visit the KFPL page for details about the Bookclub, which is being run as a Facebook group. Simply request to join the group and you will get access to the bi-weekly themes and questions, and contribute to any and all discussions.
While this bookclub is for ages 13 and up, the library also offers online children’s programming. Visit KFPL to launch favourite childrens programming online to learn more.
For those who aren’t aware, KFPL is also offering cloudLibrary, a program that allows library users to download audio books and e-books. This is how library patrons will “take out” the books for the book club. You can find out more about cloudLibrary in the video below, and there is a video walking you through how to use it step-by-step on KFPL’s YouTube channel.
KFPL regrets they cannot answer the phones at the library at this time, but staff remain available to assist you by email. Please submit your questions through the Contact Us page, or through Facebook or Twitter.
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