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SJP Picks

Award-winning actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is the honorary chair for Book Club Central. In this role, Ms. Parker selects books throughout the year to share her joy of reading and discussing good books with readers everywhere.

The Great American Read

April 23, 2018

The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books…

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Confessions of a Book Club Addict

June 16, 2017

I’ve run three book clubs at one time. Sound like a foolish thing to do? Well, I’ve done it twice. And, trust me, you don’t do something that harebrained (twice) without help. The Book Clubs The first time I was in over my head, I was running my Romance Lovers Book Club, genteXt, a book…

Find Books for a Book Club

There’s a question I always ask whenever I visit a book club: “What’s the best book you’ve ever discussed?” This is a surefire way to start a lively discussion, one that always begins with the books the group has enjoyed and inevitably transitions to those they haven’t. Eventually, the group will conclude that the best…

Rogue Book Group Choices, Part 2

April 18, 2018

Here is part 2 of the list of rogue book group choices for when your book club feels like it’s stuck in a rut. These selections are from Booklist‘s live event (sponsored by NoveList) with book group experts, and you can watch the full video of the event here. Dragonfish by Vu Tran A stretch…

Rogue Book Group Choices, Part 1

April 12, 2018

Is your book group in a rut? Are folks sick of reading World War II-era historical fiction? Is your attendance dwindling? Maybe it’s time to go rogue. Booklist hosted a live event (sponsored by NoveList) where we gathered some book-group experts to talk about what makes a good selection, how to pick something unexpected for…

Book Club Choices: The Past by Tessa Hadley

April 13, 2018

When four adult siblings come together at the old family home in Devon, England, for their annual retreat tensions rise immediately. The siblings — Alice, Fran, Harriet, and Rolland — have brought along some additional family members. Oft-married Rolland brings his new wife, the exotic Pilar brings her teenaged daughter Molly, Fran brings her two…

Book Club Choices: Untethered by Julie Lawson Timmer

April 5, 2018

When Char’s husband dies suddenly, she finds herself wondering about the fate of her husband’s daughter, Allie, whom she has raised like her own the past six years and loves dearly. Allie’s biological mother lives across the country and has had little to do with Allie after divorcing her father. Nevertheless, Char has no legal…

A Facebook Live Book Discussion with Jonathan Miles!

April 18, 2018

On Thursday, 4/12, Cuyahoga County Public Library hosted a book discussion on Facebook Live featuring author Jonathan Miles! Miles is the author of the most recent Sarah Jessica Parker selection Anatomy of a Miracle, and interacted with patrons and librarians for some great book discussion about the SJP Pick. Click to Watch the Highlight Video. Click…

Join the Facebook Live Book Discussion with Jonathan Miles!

April 9, 2018

Jonathan Miles, author of the newest Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club Central Pick Anatomy of a Miracle, will join Cuyahoga County Public Library for a Facebook Live event on Thursday, April 12th at 2pm ET. RSVP below and be sure to have your questions ready! Click to RSVP to the Facebook Live Book Discussion with Jonathan…

The Great American Read

April 23, 2018

The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books…

Get Involved During National Library Legislative Day

April 3, 2018

National Library Legislative Day is a time for all library friends, patrons, and supporters to contact their elected officials and educate them about the positive impact of the library in your community. Nearly 500 ALA advocates will be meeting with their Members of Congress in Washington, D.C. on May 7-8. During this time, we urge…

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