Book Club January 2021

Book Clubs

So you want to start your own book club? Markham Public Library wants to empower our community with the knowledge and resources to start their own book clubs. Book clubs enable us to connect with one another over the transformative power of reading! Through passionate and friendly debates about books, we can create community. It is a great way to meet new people, and find new ways of enjoying your reading hobby.

We are here to show you how to choose a book, moderate your book club discussions, borrow book club kits from our catalogue, and host your book club on a virtual platform. We are here to help inform and support you.


How to Choose a Title

Choosing titles is up to your group! There are many ways to choose titles - you can vote monthly from a selection of books, a different club member can choose the book each month, or you can plan a few months of book clubs at a time as a group. 

You can choose titles based on author, genre, a monthly theme (Horror novels for October, LGBTQ+ titles for June, etc.), or do something unique, like only reading the Giller Prize longlist or an entire fantasy series.


Book Club Kits Available

Looking for mulitiple copies of a book for your book club? Markham Public Library has a selection of book club kits available for borrowing. Call your local branch or email us at for more information or to reserve a kit.

Book Club Kits Available

Guide to Facilitating

Leading a book club meeting involves some responsibility, but it can also be really fun! Here's some help for facilitating book clubs.

Resources for starting a book club

Discussion Questions

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MPL Online Resources

Markham Public Library (MPL) has resources that are a great starting place for choosing a title. Find reading lists based on genres, themes, and read-alikes

MPL eBooks

At Markham Public Library (MPL) we have multiple resources where you can access a wide selection of eBooks for when you meet and chat  remotely.   

Featured Events

Book clubs don’t have to meet in person! We still have many virtual programs you can enjoy. Check out our virtual events and register now.

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