Anyone who has been part of a book club before can tell you how difficult it can be to find copies of the selected book for everyone in the group. Luckily, with your library card you have access to reading apps that host ongoing book clubs online, with no borrowing limits or holds on digital copies of selected book club titles! The first book club, Big Library Read, is available on OverDrive, and the second, the Hoopla Book Club, is available through Hoopla Digital!
Big Library Read
You may have already noticed that OverDrive is not normally accessible though the Franklin Township Public Library, but thanks to the kindness and generosity of the Somerset County Library System, any Somerset County resident can sign up for the app until May 31st, 2020! To access OverDrive and several other great online resources from the SCLS, you will need to sign up for a temporary library card. Please click here to sign up for a temporary SCLS card.
The Big Library Read is an online book club organized by OverDrive that connects you with members around the world! Each title selected for the month has no waitlist or hold restrictions on it, and can be borrowed anytime. Several helpful and interesting resources are also made available for each current book selection, including discussion questions, author interviews, letters from the author, and more.
The April 2020 selection for Big Library Read is Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum with no waitlists or holds through April 13th. The discussion board will be available until April 20th. You do not need to download the book to join the discussion, but please read the book first! Click here to join the online discussion and to download the current title.
Hoopla Book Club Hub
Hoopla Book Club selects a new title every quarter and uploads resources to help readers get the most out of their book discussions! Resources include professional book reviews, discussion questions, author information and interviews, similar book recommendations, and more! Selected titles will also be available in both eBook and eAudio formats.
To access this book club, you will need to download and install the Hoopla Digital app and enter your FTPL library card number and pin. Click here to get started!
The current Hoopla Book Club title is The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai. Click here to download this title!
Hosting Book Club Discussions Online
There are many easy to use apps and services that can allow for online book discussions through text, voice, and video chat. Many are similar in terms of function and capability, so it is really just a matter of preference! Here are just a few (click the names to download the app):
If you have any questions about these online book clubs, reading apps, or any other library services, please leave a comment below.
Thanks for reading!