Virtual Book Clubs: Getting Started


While the Library is closed, engage with friends and family by running your own virtual book club. Handpick titles and write discussion questions for your club, or choose from titles and discussion guides written by APL's professional book club leaders. If you need help, ask us!

"Where" to Meet

Video chats allow participants to see and speak to each other in real time.

FaceTime: Up to 32 participants | Requires iOS device

Google Hangouts: Up to 10 participants | Requires Gmail or Google account 

Skype: Up to 50 participants (limit varies) | Requires Skype account

Forum discussions work best for groups who can't all meet at the same time. All options below are free and available in-browser or as iOS or Android apps:

Bookclubz: Create a club. Add book and calendar polls, schedule meetings and more.

Facebook: Create a private group for your book club. Add events, polls and more.

Goodreads: Create or join a group. Moderate discussions, add titles and more.

Virtual Library Resources

hoopla allows your book club members to each check out the same item at once. During the COVID-19 crisis, the monthly checkout limit has been raised to 6.

OverDrive allows users up to 10 checkouts and 7 holds at once with no monthly limits. We recommend Libby by OverDrive for first-time Virtual Library users.

RBdigital allows users up to 10 audiobook checkouts and 7 holds at once with no monthly limits. Magazine checkouts unlimited. Audiobooks and magazines only. 

cloudLibrary provides high-demand eBooks and audiobooks in a Lucky Day collection. Immediate checkouts, no holds or renewals and a shorter loan period.

Tips & Tricks

  • Need discussion questions? Try NoveList Plus: 
    • Click Access Now and enter your Library Card number and password
    • Hover over Quick Links at the top of the screen
    • Click on Book Club Resources. There are hundreds of options for a variety of genres and audiences.
  • Start meetings with introductions and an icebreaker. For example: If this book were adapted into a movie, who would you cast as the main character?
  • For virtual meetings, decide on a visual cue or word that lets other attendees know the person using the cue/word has the floor.