At the library, we currently offer the First Wednesday Book Club. If you would like to get the perspective of people from around the world, you can join the Big Library Read through OverDrive. Now Hoopla offers the Book Club Hub! Each quarter, Hoopla will release a new Spotlight Selection title, along with materials including a discussion guide and exclusive author interview. Every title on Hoopla is available instantly, with no holds, no waiting, and no late fees! Everyone can start reading or listening right away. To join the Hoopla Book Club Hub, follow @hoopladigital on Facebook or Twitter and share what you think using #hooplabookclub and #discoverreadshare.
Right now the Spotlight Selection is The Leavers by Lisa Ko
One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon — and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.
With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents’ desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind.
Told from the perspective of both Daniel — as he grows into a directionless young man — and Polly, Ko’s novel gives us one of fiction’s most singular mothers. Loving and selfish, determined and frightened, Polly is forced to make one heartwrenching choice after another.
Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It’s a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past.
To borrow an e-book or e-audiobook from the library, visit our website and find E-Books and Media under the Collections drop button. Click on the E-Books and Media and you will be taken to E-Books and Media page. You can find Hoopla on the list; click on Hoopla and visit the Hoopla webpage. Find a title you would like to read or listen to and click on borrow. If you aren’t already signed up with Hoopla, registration is easy. All you need is your library card number and email address. If you have any questions or problems checking out e-books, please stop by the library and ask a librarian.