District News

Virtual Book Clubs and More

Aug 10, 2020
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With the New York Public Library’s Riverside location on Amsterdam Avenue now offering grab-and-go services and great local bookstore Shakespeare & Co. on Broadway open for shopping, you can safely find a new book to dig into. And, with all this time to read, why not get involved in a virtual book club to engage with other book lovers safely from home.

The New York Public Library hosts a number of online book discussions that are easy to join and cover a range of interests, including The Happy Hour Book Club, Book Buzz: What's New?!, and Online Book Discussion: Open Book Hour. The Library also has discussions for kids and teens. Click here to search!

The NYPL and WNYC have partnered together for virtual book discussions this month around the book All Adults Here, by Emma Straub, with a host from WNYC. The host, Alison Stewart, and the Library will accompany readers throughout the month, providing touchpoints on-air and on social media at @allofitwnyc and @nypl, plus librarian-led book club discussions. Find a discussion group! Then, join the author, Stewart, and readers everywhere on Monday, August 31 at 7:00pm for a live stream conversation and audience Q&A.

Senior Planet, a resource and center for NYC’s seniors, has been hosting a variety of online events since March, including the Senior Planet Book Club! Right now, the organization has an online poll to decide what the next book will be and is also hosting some virtual discussions around the book Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah, which was the book selected last month. Email membership@seniorplanet.org to get involved and learn more.

Shakespeare & Co. has been regularly hosting book club meet ups via zoom the past few months. Continue checking in with the calendar here to find out when the next book club will take place.

Also, for anyone interested in other online activities, try joining a virtual bridge game with the Greater NY Bridge Association or check out the NYPL’s Virtual Trivia Hour this month. Also, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Grand Central Library, is hosting a bi-weekly Online LP Record Club, and the upcoming topic will be Stevie Wonder’s “Innervisions”.