Join us for GPL Summer Book Club!

Whether you’re a dedicated member of a long standing book club or have never belonged to a book club in your life, why not come out to one (or all!) of the summer book clubs happening around the city this July and August hosted by GPL. We provide the books, you provide the discussion!

You can register by calling us at 519-824-6220 or visiting the events calendar on our website:

medicine walkReading: Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
Join us riverside at The Boathouse Tea Room (116 Gordon Street)
Monday July 7th @ 10:30am
Books available for pick up at the Main Library Information Desk NOW!
Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon. He’s sixteen years old and has had the most fleeting of relationships with the man. The rare moments they’ve shared haunt and trouble Frank, but he answers the call, a son’s duty to a father. He finds Eldon decimated after years of drinking, dying of liver failure in a small town flophouse. Eldon asks his son to take him into the mountains, so he may be buried in the traditional Ojibway manner. What ensues is a journey through the rugged and beautiful backcountry, and a journey into the past, as the two men push forward to Eldon’s end. A novel about love, friendship, courage, and the idea that the land has within it powers of healing.

elizabethReading: Elizabeth is Missing byEmma Healey
Join us at the Symposium Café (304 Stone Road West)
Wednesday July 16th @ 6:30-8pm
Books available for pick up at the Main Library Information Desk on Monday June 16
‘Elizabeth is missing’ reads the note in Maud’s pocket in her own handwriting, and the one on the wall. Maud’s been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she’s made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war. A fast-paced mystery in an unforgettable voice: you will laugh and cry, but you’ll never forget Maud.

misterowitaReading: Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall
Join us at the beautiful McCrae House Gardens (108 Water Street) *In the event of rain, meeting will take place indoors*
Wednesday August 13th @ 10:30am
Books available for pick up at the Main Library Information Desk on July 9
Carol Wall, a white woman living in a lily-white neighborhood in Middle America, was at a crossroads in her life. Her children were grown; she had successfully overcome illness; her beloved parents were getting older. One day she notices a dark-skinned African man tending her neighbor’s yard. His name is Giles Owita. He bags groceries at the supermarket. He comes from Kenya. And he’s very good at gardening. Before long Giles is transforming not only Carol’s yard, but her life. Though they are seemingly quite different, a caring bond grows between them. But they both hold long-buried secrets that, when revealed, will cement their friendship forever.

vacationersReading: The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Join us at Fionn MacCool’s (494 Edinburgh Road South)
Tuesday August 19th @ 6:30-8pm
Books available for pick up at the Main Library Information Desk on July 14
For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.


About gpltara

Hi blog readers! I am an information services librarian at the Guelph Public Library (which essentially means I order materials for the library, help customers, look after the book club services and plan adult programs!). Personally, I love practicing yoga, baking cupcakes late at night, reading (surprise, surprise!), and escaping to the mountains whenever possible. I believe GPL plays such an important role in the Guelph community not only helping to connect people to information and great books, but also to each other through programs and other services.
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