Adult Virtual Reading Club

Welcome to the Adult Virtual Reading Club!

Each month we will explore a new theme, our suggested reads along with related articles and topics.


How to participate in the Virtual Reading Club: Adult Edition

  1. Start by locating the book or books you are interested in reading during that month. Try one or try all of the book picks, it is completely up to you. Request a copy from TRAC or find it here at SGPL. Visit us in-person or give us a call as we would be happy to help you! Try out one or more of the featured activities. 
  2. We'd love to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts on the monthly theme or share your book review. Give us a shout out on social media or contact reference@sgpl.ca. 

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January: Uplifting Stories

Sometimes life is too much and you need someone to tell you it gets better. That's what these books do. Start this year on a happy note with five stories that take the bad and turn it into good. 
Scroll to the bottom for wellness resources.

#1

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health. A big celebration is in the works for his 100th birthday, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his alcohol consumption), so he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey. It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: he has not only witnessed some of the most important events of the 20th century, but actually played a key role in them.

Available as an ebook on Hoopla, and an ebook and audiobook on Overdrive and Libby


#2

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of his mentor as you made your way, the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom got that second chance.

Available as an audiobook on CloudLibrary, and an ebook and audiobook on Overdrive and Libby

#3



When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces--which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades.

Available as an audiobook on CloudLibrary, and an ebook and audiobook on Overdrive and Libby


#4



Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors ("I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare") will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

Available as an ebook on CloudLibrary, and an ebook and audiobook on Overdrive and Libby

#5

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, but after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything; instead, they "check out" large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele's behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends, but when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore's secrets extend far beyond its walls.

Available as an audiobook on Overdrive and Libby


#6 BONUS

August 1969 San Francisco. Ajax Penumbra seeks a book--the single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it. Late one night, after another day of dispiriting dead ends, he stumbles across a 24-hour bookstore, and the possibilities before him expand exponentially.

Available as an ebook on Hoopla


More Recommendations

https://ideas.ted.com/teds-winter-reading-list-78-feel-good-books/ 


Resources for your well-being

Articles

https://www.itsmyfavoriteday.com/lift-your-spirits/ 

https://www.brusselsmindfulness.be/free-resources/15-ways-to-feel-good 

https://www.positive.news/lifestyle/wellbeing/how-to-cope-with-lockdown/ 

https://childadolescentpsych.cumc.columbia.edu/articles/11-tips-mental-health-well-being

Podcasts

https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide 

https://sgpl.ca/programs/behind-the-stacks-podcast 

Apps

Woebot - our chat-based tool, is the delivery mechanism for a suite of clinically-validated therapy programs that address many of today's mental health challenges, from generalized anxiety and depression to specific conditions like postpartum depression, adult and adolescent depression, and substance abuse.

WYSA - is an emotionally intelligent chatbot that uses AI to react to the emotions you express. Unlock techniques that help you cope with challenges. For extra support, take guidance from a qualified professional therapist.

Courses

U of T has launched a free online course called "Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19"

Athabasca University is offering a free course called "Navigating Extraordinary Times"

Virtual Field Trips to places like the aquarium, museums and other virtual school activities 


All summaries were taken from Goodreads.com
 


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