Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Holds can be picked up on shelves and checked out at self-checkout stations.
  • Borrowed items can be returned via book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • Hours of operation remain the same, except at Osgoode.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Celebrity Book Clubs


Celebrity book clubs seem to be popping up everywhere!  From literary fiction, to narrative non-fiction, to titles from new and coming authors, there is sure to be a choice/club to please every reader. Listed below are a few celebrity book clubs as well as some of their current and past selections.

Oprah’s book club has been around seen 1996. The first selection was the Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard and  her most recent selection is The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton.

Emma Watson created a feminist bookclub ‘Our Shared Shelf’ on Goodreads to share novels on equality and feminism and to explore what she was learning with fellow readers.  Current sections include The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore. Past choices include Hunger: A Memoir of My Body by Roxane Gay, and The Power by Naomi Alderman.

Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss created Bellatrist which profiles an independent bookstore and book monthly.  Previous selections include The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy and Marlena by Julie Bunton. The current adult selection is Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard and the featured bookstore is A Cappella Books in Atlanta.

Sarah Jessica Parker has a book club SJP Picks (through ALA Book Club Central) and a book imprint  (in partnership with Molly Stern)– SJP for Hogarth.  Her book club’s latest selection is Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles. Previous selections include Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, and Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.  The debut novel for her imprint is A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza.

Have you read any of these titles or belong to any celebrity book clubs?

Celebrity Book Club Picksby charmaine_library

Book club picks from Oprah, Emma Watson, Emma Roberts & Karah Preiss, as well as Sarah Jessica Parker #celebrity book clubs #fiction #non-fiction