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Book group, online reading and author events

Reading group books

We've added 65 new titles to our Reading Group Collection - recommended reads perfect for book club discussions.

If your group would like a copy of the list, plus tips on making the most of your book group library card, please email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk

If you’d like to reserve titles for your book group…

  • First check the list of available titles online
  • Draw up a shortlist of two or three titles that you’d like
  • Have your book club card at the ready
  • Call the Library staff on 01603 774777 (10am-6pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday) or visit local library

Staff will then place the reservations, add the £1.80 reservation fee for the first three copies to your library card for payment.

If your group has signed up for email notifications, then you’ll hear when the books are ready to collect.

We also have an eBook collection on our Overdrive website which is perfect for book club discussions. The collection contains 50+ titles carefully chosen by library staff and available to download at any time.

Find out how you can borrow eBooks free of charge using your Norfolk library card and read more about the Libby app.

Author Q&A on Zoom

Tickets are free but spaces are limited. To book a place on an event, email the author's name to libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk The first 50 people will receive their personal Zoom invite. 

Joy Ellis - 8pm Wednesday 20 October 2021

Crime writer Joy will be talking about her DI Nikki Galena series set on the Fens. Tickets can be booked from 20 September.

Rónán Hession - 8pm Wednesday 17 November 2021

Rónán is the author of the brilliant 'Leonard and Hungry Paul' and will be reading from and talking about his new novel 'Panenka' . Tickets can be booked from 17 October.

Reading Friends on Zoom

Reading Friends is a Reading Agency project which aims to tackle loneliness through the proven power of reading. Each week we'll invite adults across Norfolk to relax with a cuppa and enjoy listening to a good story.

Join us and we’ll bring you a tale to lift your spirits and give you an opportunity to share your thoughts with others via Zoom. The sessions are:

  • Tuesdays 6-6.45pm
  • Tuesdays 7-7.45pm

If you’d like to join in, email ‘Reading Friends’ to libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk stating the session you'd like to attend, and you'll be sent a personal invite. If you’re new to Zoom, we’ll also help you set things up on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Reading Friends at home

At Home with Library Reading Friends is a telephone reading project for people who would like to read and chat with a member of Library staff.

We will read to you from books, magazines or newspapers depending on your interests for up to half an hour. Reading Friends at Home is dementia friendly and the calls will be adapted to suit your needs.

If you would like to take part or just find out more please email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk or call us on 01603 774777 (weekdays 10am - 6pm).

Reading Ahead

Do you want to read more, but struggle to find the time? Have you lost the reading habit and need a little inspiration? The Reading Ahead project challenges adults to pick six reads and record, rate and review them in a personal virtual reading diary. After completing the diary you’ll receive a certificate or digital badge.

The programme isn't just about books - newspapers, magazines, poems and websites all count too! The aim is that participants challenge themselves to try something new and discover that reading can be a pleasure in the process.

Registering is easy - just email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk and we’ll help you get started.

Quick Reads - short books and great stories by bestselling authors

2021 marks the 15th anniversary of 'Quick Reads' with six new titles being published by Caitlin Moran, Peter James, Louise Candlish, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Khurrum Rahman and Katie Fforde.  

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Shut up and write Facebook Group

Every Tuesday at 4pm for 1 hour.

Do you struggle to find one hour to sit down and tackle that writing project you keep thinking about? Us, too!

Shut Up and Write is a weekly session hosted by the American Library, at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library.

The rules: The event takes place at 4 pm every Tuesday and will last for one hour (and a bit). The host will post some optional prompts and word count challenges at the beginning and then we shut up and write for 60 minutes straight. No ifs, no buts, lock the door and get on with it! 

Join the group on Facebook.

Online book club on Zoom

Last Wednesday of the month, 8pm on Zoom. To join the online discussion, simply download or borrow a copy of the book, and then email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk. We'll send you a link to the Zoom meeting a week before the event.

September

On Wednesday 29 September we will be discussing 'The Foundling' by Stacey Halls.

'A masterpiece of storytelling - a perfect, captivating mystery that expands to ask big questions about love and motherhood, all while maintaining the breathless pace of a thriller, and the stunningly vivid and well-researched detail of the very best historical fiction. I can't recommend it highly enough' - Katie Lowe, author of The Furies.

London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London's Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst - that Clara has died in care - the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed - by her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl - and why. Less than a mile from Bess' lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend - an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital - persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.

It is available to borrow as:

October

On Wednesday 27 October at 8pm We will be discussing 'Girl woman other' by Bernardine Evaristo.

'There is an astonishing uniqueness to all Bernardine Evaristo's writing, but especially in Girl, Woman, Other. How she can speak through twelve different people and give them each such distinct and vibrant voices... I loved it. So much.' - Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie.

'Girl, Woman, Other' follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends, and lovers, across the country and through the years.

It is available to borrow as:

Black History Month Shared Reading

Never Mind The Danger - A series of online activities and shared reading celebrating the lives and achievements of Black Footballers Mondays at 7pm throughout October 2021.

Kick Off 4 October - The Ballad of Jack Leslie An online talk and discussion with The Jack Leslie Campaign 

Jack was an outstanding player who joined Plymouth Argyle from Barking in 1921 and scored 137 goals in a long and illustrious career which ended in 1934.

Leslie was picked for the England national team to face Ireland in 1925 and was told by his manager that he’d been called up. But after this selection, his name mysteriously disappeared from the team sheet, seemingly because of the colour of his skin. So, not only was Jack an incredible player for his club, but his is also a story of great national and historical significance.

To book a place please email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk

Half time 11 October - The Justin Fashanu Story - Shared Reading and discussion in partnership with Proud Canaries.

As the first black player to command a seven-figure fee and the first professional footballer to come out as gay, Fashanu broke through two ceilings at a time football hooliganism was at its peak.

To this day, he is still the only professional top-level footballer to come out publicly in England. Proud Canaries are working in partnership with Norfolk Libraries to discuss his life, his legacy and Norwich City Football Club. 

VIP Audio Book Club

Vision Norfolk runs several audio book clubs in Norfolk Libraries. Sessions are currently held on Zoom, the groups meeting once a month and offering a friendly, relaxed atmosphere for anyone interested in books.

A full list of days and times, is available on the Vision Norfolk website.

Norfolk Reading Pathway

One in six adults struggles with reading. Research shows that when people read for pleasure they benefit from far greater opportunities in everyday life, education and employment.

The Norfolk Reading Pathway is a free programme which is available across Norfolk and is open to any adult who would like support to become a more confident reader.

We match learners with one of our volunteer coaches and they work through the ‘Yes we can read' handbook together.

The Pathway is available in all Norfolk Libraries. If you know someone who needs support or would just like to find out more, contact your local library or email nrp@norfolk.gov.uk.

Ebooks, eAudio, eMagazines and eNewspapers

We offer a range of eBooks, eAudio books, eNewspapers and eMagazines that library members can download free of charge, with no reservation or overdue charges. All you need is a library card.

Read or listen on your computer, smartphone, tablet or eBook reader. Find out more about borrowing eBooks.

If you don’t already have a library card, you can sign up for a library account here.

If you need help accessing any of the digital services email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk and library staff will do their best to help.

Norfolk Borrowers Facebook group

If you’re missing your book group or chatting about books with friends, then why not join our Norfolk Borrowers Facebook group? You’ll be able to share what you’re reading with others and get lots of recommendations to add to your ‘to be read’ piles.

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