Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will offer an online option for book-club meetings this summer – all book-club meetings will take place online through Webex/Zoom so that readers can interact with others in real time and participate from home!

Fort Bend County Libraries’ book clubs represent a wide variety of books and genres. Book clubs that were previously specific to particular branches can now be enjoyed by readers all across the library system.

Books can be requested by calling the libraries, or by placing them on hold in the online catalog. Digital versions of some books are also available for download from FBCL’s eLibrary.

Because the book club meetings will be live-streamed over the Internet via Webex/Zoom, participants should register for the meetings by going to the FBCL website – www.fortbend.lib.tx.us – click on “Classes and Events,” and register for the book club meetings of their choice. A link to the Webex sessions will be emailed to all who have registered.

The schedule of book club meetings in August is as follows:

Wednesday, Aug. 4, noon-1 p.m. – Literary Lunch League Book Club

The book to be discussed is An Irish Country Doctor, a novel written by Patrick Taylor. This title is available in print and audio; call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library to check availability of additional print copies.

· Saturday, Aug. 7, 11 a.m.- noon – Talk Back Book Club

The book to be discussed is The Princess Bride, written by William Goldman. This book club, which focuses on general fiction, normally meets on the first Saturday of every month. This title is available in print; call the Missouri City Branch Library for additional print copies.

Monday, Aug. 9, 3-4 p.m. – Sienna Book Club

The book to be discussed is Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and the Madness at the Fair that Changed America, a novel written by Erik Larson. This title is available in print, audio, and on OverDrive; call the library to check on availability of print copies.

· Tuesday, Aug.10, 2-3 p.m. – Mission Bend Book Club

The book to be discussed is The Nightingale, written by Kristin Hannah. This title is available in print and audio and on OverDrive and hoopla digital; call the library to check on availability of additional print copies.

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 5-6 p.m. – University Branch Book Club

The book to be discussed is The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, written by Melinda Gates. This title is available in print, audio, and on OverDrive; call the library to check on availability of additional print copies.

· Thursday, Aug. 12, 1-2 p.m. – Sugar Land Book Break

The book to be discussed is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, written by Bryan Stevenson. This title is available in print and on OverDrive; call the library to check on availability of additional print copies.

· Thursday, Aug. 12, 1:30 p.m. – Novel Expectations Book Club

The book to be discussed is Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space, written by Margot Lee Shetterly. This title is available in print, audio, and on OverDrive and hoopla digital; call the First Colony Branch Library to check on availability of additional print copies.

· Thursday, Aug. 12, 4-5 p.m. – Sienna Subtext: Graphic Novel & Animé Club

This event will be live-streamed via Webex at the scheduled time. The book to be discussed is Starman, Volume 1: Sins of the Father, created by James Robinson. This title is available digitally on hoopla.

· Thursday, Aug. 19, noon-1 p.m. – Book Break Book Club

The book to be discussed is As Bright as Heaven, written by Susan Meissner. This title is available in print; call George Memorial Library to check on availability of additional print copies.

Friday, Aug. 20 – Book Talk: Home Economics & How-To Books (pre-recorded video).

In FBCL’s Book Talk series, library staff give a synopsis of featured books and share their thoughts on it. In this episode, hear about DIY books on skills and recipes to use around the house for natural and sustainable living. A link to the video will be posted on FBCL’s online calendar on the designated date, and it can be viewed at any time.

· Saturday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m.- noon – Heavy Inks Graphic Novels Book Club

The book to be discussed is The Wicked + The Divine, a series created by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. This title is available in print; call George Memorial Library to check on availability of additional print copies.

· Saturday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m.-noon – Mystery Readers Club

This book club, which focuses on mysteries and crime novels, meets on the third Saturday of every month. The book to be discussed this month is The Searcher, a novel written by Tana French. This title is available in print, audio, and on OverDrive; call the Missouri City Branch Library to check on availability of additional print copies.

Monday, Aug. 23, 3-4 p.m. – Booked on Crime Mystery Book Club

The book to be discussed is Big Sky, a novel written by Kate Atkinson. This title is available in print, audio, and on OverDrive; call the Sienna Branch Library to check on availability of additional print copies.

Thursday, Aug. 26 – Book Talk: The Water Dancer (pre-recorded video).

In FBCL’s Book Talk series, library staff give a synopsis of featured books and share their thoughts on them. In this episode, hear about The Water Dancer, a novel written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. A link to the video will be posted on FBCL’s online calendar on the designated date, and it can be viewed at any time.

Saturday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m.-12-noon – The Skin I’m In: A Book Club Featuring Authors of Color.

The book to be discussed is A Girl Like Her, written by Talia Hibbert. This new book club meets on the fourth Saturday of every month. This title is available as an ebook in the hoopla digital collection.

The book club meetings are free and open to the public. Registration is required for the book club meetings so that a link to the Webex/Zoom sessions can be emailed to all who register. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the date indicated. Participants may also register by calling Fort Bend County Libraries’ Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

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