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Adult Book Club Kits

Our Book Club Kits include everything you need to lead your group with a popular fiction or non-fiction selection.

See our page on Book Club Basics to find information about how to start your own book club and breathe new life into your existing book group.

Storytime Anytime Kits for Kids

Storytime Anytime Kits include everything you need to lead a great storytime at home or in your classroom.

Library Book Clubs for Adults

Check the online event calendar for the current month’s book selections.

Great Books Reading & Discussion Group
1st Thursday of the month from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Library Meeting Room.
A monthly discussion of literature as “a fun and challenging way to become thoughtful, more engaged citizens.”  The readings range from nonfiction to fiction and ancient to modern, based on selections from the Great Books Foundation. The discussion is free and open to all. Led by Louis C. Rutledge.

Monday Night Reading & Discussion Group *We have moved this book club online in April due to the COVID-19 shelter in place order and library closure.

Join us on Monday April 6 from 6:30 to 7:15 pm via Zoom video conference for a book discussion facilitated by Librarian Pam Klein. We will be discussing Katherine Anne Porter’s novella “Pale Horse, Pale Rider” which is about the relationship between a Denver newspaper woman, Miranda and a soldier, Adam, during the influenza epidemic of 1918. This compelling story follows the illness and delirium of Miranda, and is based in part on Porter’s own illness while working for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver.
This novella is included in a collection of 3 stories also titled Pale Horse, Pale Rider and is found online at the Open Library in audio and print formats:
eBook – start on page 179:
Click here to join us on Zoom! 

Northgate Book Club *We have moved this book club online in April due to the COVID-19 shelter in place order and library closure.

We are moving our April Northgate Library Book Club online! This month’s selection is Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout. Facilitated by Librarian Marilyn Boatright.
Click here to join us on Zoom!
We have a limited number of copies available to order via our Zip Books home delivery service.

Looking for something we don’t have?

You have a few choices:

  • Downtown Library

    Sun: 1-5
    Mon: 1-8
    Tues, Weds, Thurs: 10-8
    Fri & Sat: 10-5

    (415) 485-3323

    1100 E Street (at 5th Avenue)
    San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Pickleweed Library

    Sun & Mon: Closed
    Tues & Weds: 1-8
    Thurs: 11-8
    Fri & Sat: 11-5

    (415) 485-3483

    50 Canal Street
    San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Northgate Pop-Up Library

    Mon, Weds, Thurs: 1-8
    Fri, Sat, Sun: 1-5
    Tues: closed

    (415) 524-2694

    5800 Northgate Drive
    San Rafael, CA 94903

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