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Book Clubs

Whether you want to discover a new favourite author or meet new friends, we can bring 50 shades of exciting to your life.

Join us for a discussion at one of our book clubs, or check out a Book Club in a Bag for your very own group.

The BIG Ideas Book Club

From business books to innovation, self-improvement to downright inspirational—the BIG Ideas Book Club is your chance to engage in lively discussions on the latest and greatest in nonfiction. Bring all the TEDx energy and go get ‘em gumption that you have. Push yourself outside of the box, stretch your comfort zones, and state your case! It’s time to discuss some big ideas. Meets every fourth Tuesday, 6:30-8:00pm, at the Old Post Office.

Beyond the Book

This new book club at Queen’s Square meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 2:00 - 3:00pm. Each season, we'll have a different theme and explore the worlds of three different books. In the winter of 2019, we'll be reading adventures in time travel and we'll always look "beyond the book."

The Un | Book Club

With no set book to read, this club is about conversation and enjoying a beverage of your choice at a different pub or cafe in Cambridge on the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:00pm. Discuss what you've been reading, watching or listening to, while meeting new people! Share a favourite book and make new connections in a relaxed, social environment.

  • March 19:  JC Royal Thai Cuisine (map)
  • April 16: Cafe 13 (map)
  • May 21: Evo Kitchen (map)

Preston Book Club

Prefer a more traditional approach? Drop into the Preston Book Club on the last Friday of the month from 9:30- 11:00am. Come, discover and discuss new books!

Clemens Mill Book Club

Join our book club at Clemens Mill which meets on the second Monday of the month (unless otherwise stated), 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

*Held one week later than usual.

Book Club Kits

Kick start your reading group by taking home a Book Club in a Bag! Each of our book club kits contains everything you need for a lively get-together. You'll find 8 copies of the same book, a tracking sheet [PDF] and discussion guide all in one easy-to-carry tote bag. Bestsellers and more are available:

 Thumbnail The Woefield Poultry Collective [book club] / Susan Juby Thumbnail Light Between Oceans [book club] / M L Stedman Thumbnail Indian Horse [book club] / Richard WagameseThey left us everything [book club] : a memoir / Plum Johnson Thumbnail Fifteen dogs [book club] : an apologue / André Alexis.

See all Book Club in a Bag kits / Printable list of kits [PDF]

Reserve your kit today through our library catalogue and check it out at any Idea Exchange location. The loan period is 6 weeks. More on borrowing

Websites for Book Clubs
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