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Grand Reads Book Club: Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Grand River Stanley Park Community Library
GR Meeting Room

Join us in-person for a great discussion on a work of fiction. Each month we'll read a different title from a variety of genres and authors. New members are always welcome!

In May, we will be discussing Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo.

Registration required.


From the host of the award-winning MarieTV and The Marie Forleo Podcast, an indispensable handbook for becoming the creative force of your own life.
While most self-help books offer quick fixes, Everything is Figureoutable will retrain your brain to think more creatively and positively in the face of setbacks. In the words of Cheryl Strayed, it's "a must-read for anyone who wants to face their fears, fulfill their dreams, and find a better way forward."

If you're having trouble solving a problem or reaching a dream, the problem isn't you. It's that you haven't yet installed the one belief that changes everything.
Marie's mom once told her, "Nothing in life is that complicated. You can do whatever you set your mind to if you roll up your sleeves. Everything is figureoutable."
Whether you want to leave a dead end job, break an addiction, learn to dance, heal a relationship, or grow a business, Everything is Figureoutable will show you how.
You'll learn:
  *  The habit that makes it 42% more likely you'll achieve your goals.
  *  How to overcome a lack of time and money.
  *  How to deal with criticism and imposter syndrome.
It's more than just a fun phrase to say. It's a philosophy of relentless optimism. A mindset. A mantra. A conviction.
Most important, it's about to make you unstoppable.


Request a copy of the book through the library catalogue or by calling the Grand River Stanley Park Community library at 519-896-1736.


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Read Around the World Book Club (In Person)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Country Hills Community Library
CH Meeting Room

Join me in person to discuss Midnight in Peking.


Each month we will read a book that relates to different countries in a number of different ways – they may be set there, have characters from there, reflect the local culture or are by authors from there.

 

We will discuss Midnight in Peking : how the murder of a young Englishwoman haunted the last days of old China by Paul French


Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence and opium dens, rumors and superstition. The Japanese are encircling the city, and the discovery of Pamela Werner's body sends a shiver through already nervous Peking. Is it the work of a madman? One of the ruthless Japanese soldiers now surrounding the city? Or perhaps the dreaded fox spirits? With the suspect list growing and clues sparse, two detectives—one British and one Chinese—race against the clock to solve the crime before the Japanese invade and Peking as they know it is gone forever. Can they find the killer in time, before the Japanese invade?

Historian and China expert Paul French at last uncovers the truth behind this notorious murder, and offers a rare glimpse of the last days of colonial Peking.

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Book of the Month

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Pioneer Park Community Library
PP Meeting Room
Join us in-person for a great discussion on a work of fiction. Each month we will read a book that celebrates the Month. In May we are going to celebrate Mother's Day with a book by a female author. After you have read this month's choice, join us for great discussion. New members are always welcome.

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This month we will be discussing Falling by T.J. Newman. This title is also available as an ebook or audiobook on Libby. We will also have copies available for you to pick up at Pioneer Park.

You just boarded a flight to New York.
There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard.
What you don’t know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped.
For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.
The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane.
Enjoy the flight.
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Coffee and Crime Book Club

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Denial by Beverley McLachlin
Virtual Event
Zoom

While we may not be able to meet in person right now, book clubs are still a great way to connect socially and stay engaged! 

Does a good mystery capture your interest? After you have read this month's choice, join us for a great discussion. Each month we will read a new title from the mystery genre. New members are always welcome.

 

Registration required.

 

In June, we are discussing Denial by Beverley McLachlin. This title is available as an ebook or audiobook from DownloadLibrary

  

Jilly Truitt has made a name for herself as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the city. Where once she had to take just about any case to keep her firm afloat, now she has her pick—and she picks winners.

So when Joseph Quentin asks her to defend his wife, who has been charged with murdering her own mother in what the media are calling a mercy killing, every instinct tells Jilly to say no. Word on the street is that Vera Quentin is in denial, refusing to admit to the crime and take a lenient plea deal. Quentin is a lawyer's lawyer, known as the Fixer in legal circles, and if he can't help his wife, who can?

Against her better judgment, Jilly meets with Vera and reluctantly agrees to take on her case. Call it intuition, call it sympathy, but something about Vera makes Jilly believe she's telling the truth. Now, she has to prove that in the courtroom against her former mentor turned opponent, prosecutor Cy Kenge—a man who has no qualms about bending the rules.

As the trial approaches, Jilly scrambles to find a crack in the case and stumbles across a dark truth hanging over the Quentin family. But is it enough to prove Vera's innocence? Or is Jilly in denial herself?

 

This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here.

 

You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code

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Reading Central Book Club

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
Virtual Event
Zoom

While we may not be able to meet in person right now, book clubs are still a great way to connect socially and stay engaged! 

 

After you have read this month's choice, join us for a great discussion. Each month we will read a new title from a variety of genres and authors. New members are always welcome.

 

Registration required.

 

In June, we will be discussing Five Little Indians by Michelle Good. This title is available as an ebook or an audiobook from DownloadLibrary.


Taken from their families when they are very small and sent to a remote, church-run residential school, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie are barely out of childhood when they are finally released after years of detention.


Alone and without any skills, support or families, the teens find their way to the seedy and foreign world of Downtown Eastside Vancouver, where they cling together, striving to find a place of safety and belonging in a world that doesn't want them. The paths of the five friends cross and crisscross over the decades as they struggle to overcome, or at least forget, the trauma they endured during their years at the Mission.


Fuelled by rage and furious with God, Clara finds her way into the dangerous, highly charged world of the American Indian Movement. Maisie internalizes her pain and continually places herself in dangerous situations. Famous for his daring escapes from the school, Kenny can't stop running and moves restlessly from job to job—through fishing grounds, orchards and logging camps—trying to outrun his memories and his addiction. Lucy finds peace in motherhood and nurtures a secret compulsive disorder as she waits for Kenny to return to the life they once hoped to share together. After almost beating one of his tormentors to death, Howie serves time in prison, then tries once again to re-enter society and begin life anew.


With compassion and insight, Five Little Indians chronicles the desperate quest of these residential school survivors to come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward.

 

This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here.

 

You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program.

 

By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Grand Reads Book Club: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (In-Person)

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Grand River Stanley Park Community Library
GR Meeting Room/Children's Room

Join us in-person to connect with other readers, learn new perspectives and get to know your community library! Each month we'll read a different title from a variety of genres and authors. New members are always welcome!

In June, we will be discussing The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.

Registration required.

Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.

The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are. Filled with suspense, you may read it quickly to find out what happens, but what happens to Danny and Maeve will stay with you for a very long time.


Request a copy of the book through the library catalogue or by calling the Grand River Stanley Park Community library at 519-896-1736.

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Book of the Month

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Pioneer Park Community Library
PP Meeting Room
Join us in-person for a great discussion on a work of fiction. Each month we will read a book that celebrates the Month. In June we are going to get ready for Canada Day and read a book by a Canadian author. After you have read this month's choice, join us for great discussion. New members are always welcome.

Registration Required.

This month we will be discussing Find you First by Linwood Barclay. This title is also available as an ebook  or audiobook on Libby. We will also have copies available for you to pick up at Pioneer Park.
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Coffee and Crime Book Club

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian
Virtual Event
Zoom

While we may not be able to meet in person right now, book clubs are still a great way to connect socially and stay engaged! 

Does a good mystery capture your interest? After you have read this month's choice, join us for a great discussion. Each month we will read a new title from the mystery genre. New members are always welcome.

 

Registration required.

 

In July, we are discussing Never saw me coming by Vera Kurian. This title is available as an ebook or audiobook from DownloadLibrary

 

 

It would be easy to underestimate Chloe Sevre... She's a freshman honor student, a legging-wearing hot girl next door, who also happens to be a psychopath. She spends her time on yogalates, frat parties and plotting to kill Will Bachman, a childhood friend who grievously wronged her.


Chloe is one of seven students at her DC-based college who are part of an unusual clinical study of psychopaths—students like herself who lack empathy and can't comprehend emotions like fear or guilt. The study, led by a renowned psychologist, requires them to wear smart watches that track their moods and movements.

When one of the students in the study is found murdered in the psychology building, a dangerous game of cat and mouse begins, and Chloe goes from hunter to prey. As she races to identify the killer and put her own plan for revenge into action, she'll be forced to decide if she can trust any of her fellow psychopaths—and everybody knows you should never trust a psychopath.

 

This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here.

 

You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code

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Reading Central Book Club (In-Person)

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee
Central Library
Sheriff John Motz Courtyard

Join us for a great discussion. Each month we will read a new title from various genres and authors. New members are always welcome.


 Registration required.


In July, we will be discussing Two Trees Make A Forest by Jessica J Lee. This title is available as an ebook or an audiobook from DownloadLibrary.

 

A chance discovery of letters written by her immigrant grandfather leads Jessica J. Lee to her ancestral homeland, Taiwan. She seeks his story while growing closer to the land he knew.
Lee hikes mountains home to Formosan flamecrests, birds found nowhere else on earth and swims in a lake of drowned cedars. She bikes flatlands where spoonbills alight by fish farms and learns about a tree whose fruit can float in the ocean for years, awaiting landfall. Throughout, Lee unearths surprising parallels between the natural and human stories that have shaped her family and their beloved island. Joyously attentive to the natural world, Lee also turns a critical gaze upon colonialist explorers who mapped the land and named plants, relying on and often effacing the labour and knowledge of local communities.


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code.


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Grand Reads Book Club: The Horsewoman by James Patterson and Mike Lupica (In-Person)

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Grand River Stanley Park Community Library
GR Meeting Room/Children's Room

Join us in-person to connect with other readers, learn new perspectives and get to know your community library! Each month we'll read a different title from a variety of genres and authors. New members are always welcome!

In July, we will be discussing The Horsewoman by James Patterson and Mike Lupica.

Registration required.


Maggie Atwood and Becky McCabe, mother and daughter, both champion riders, vowed to never, ever, go up against one another. 
Until the tense, harrowing competitions leading to the Paris Olympics. 
Mother and daughter share a dream: to be the best horsewoman in the world.
Coronado is Maggie’s horse. An absolutely top-tier Belgian warmblood. 
Sky is Becky’s horse. A small, speedy Dutch warmblood. 
Only James Patterson could bring you such breakneck speed, hair-raising thrills and spills.  
Only hall of fame sportswriter Mike Lupica could make it all so real.

Emotions rule us all—and turn two women’s lives into a ride they can barely control in this “hugely entertaining, riveting page-turner.” —#1 bestselling author Louise Penny


Request a copy of the book through the library catalogue or by calling the Grand River Stanley Park Community library at 519-896-1736.

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QueerKPL Book Club

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Central Library
Sheriff John Motz Courtyard

Join us in-person for a great discussion on a work of queer literature. New members are always welcome!


Registration required.

 

We will be discussing Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender. This title is also available as an ebook and e-audiobook from Download Library/Libby and an e-audiobook from Hoopla.


Felix Love has never been in love--and, yes, he's painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it's like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What's worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he's one marginalization too many--Black, queer, and transgender--to ever get his own happily-ever-after. When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages--after publicly posting Felix's deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned--Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn't count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi-love triangle.... But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself. Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve.

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