Introducing Pelham Quarantine Book Clubs for Children, Teens and Adults
The Town of Pelham Public Library will be hosting three virtual book clubs to bring people together and generate discussion around the extraordinary, life-changing circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. People react to crises in different ways, and we realize that some people will find this material dark and potentially off-putting. Others, however, will welcome the chance to grapple with our current times through pandemic-related fiction. Our aim is to provide a starting point for this shared experience.
Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. Historical fiction based on true events when yellow fever swept through colonial Philadelphia. Recommended for Grades 5-8. Tuesdays and Thursdays join Mr. Oz for a listen-along of the audio version on Hoopla or listen/read on your own. Starts Tuesday April 7th at 4 pm via zoom, but participants can join on subsequent sessions. Participants listen to about five chapters per session. Email Oz at email@example.com for the Zoom link and any other questions.
Adults and Teens
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. An award-winning novel about a contemporary pandemic and its aftermath. EBook available on Overdrive (please place the hold and we will prioritize Pelham patrons) or through the Internet Archive. The first meeting of this group will be Friday, April 24th at 7:30 via Zoom to discuss the first half and will be led by Ruth Konigsberg. For more information and the Zoom link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Plague by Albert Camus. Published in 1947, The Plague tells the story of a local doctor working to save lives in a quarantined town in Algeria during a mysterious outbreak. Sales of this existentialist classic have been soaring. This group, led by Carol Ipsen, will meet online Wednesday April 22nd, 7:30. Please email email@example.com for link. Copies are available at the Internet Archives. Directions on downloading from the Internet Archive below.
- Create an account with your email, username and password.
- Verify your email by clicking on the email confirmation sent from the Internet Archive
- Borrow The Plague: Camus, Albert by clicking on the blue Borrow Button
- Click on the PDF/ePub button to download the book into your device
- If you do not have Adobe Digital Editions, please download it by clicking on the yellow lined button saying Install Adobe Digital Editions (see bullets bel0w)
- Save file and run Adobe Digital Editions until Finsh
- Create an Adobe ID account to authorize your computer. You MUST use the same email as Internet Archive.
- Click on either blue button Encrypted Adobe PDF or Encrypted Adobe ePub