Children’s book clubs

We run secure online book clubs for 8 to 19 year olds on Microsoft Teams. All the books are available for free, along with thousands of others, through our eLibrary.

Join the library online

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8 to 12 year olds:

Book title: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Thursday 30 September 2021, 4pm to 5pm. 

Read or listen to The Bad Beginning for free.

To register your interest, email

13 to 16 year olds:

Book title: to be confirmed

Monthly on a Wednesday, 4pm to 5pm (next date to be confirmed).

To book, email

17 to 19 year olds:

Book title: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Thursday 21 October 2021, 6pm to 7pm.

Read or listen for free.

To book, email

Virtual book club: 

Mystery of Edwin Drood

Drood is the final, unfinished novel by Dickens. The central mystery, the disappearance of Edwin Drood, plays out in a thinly-disguised Rochester. This is gothic Rochester as you have never seen it before.

You can join the book club at any time by downloading the eBook, and joining our discussions on the Reading Drood blog

Watch an introduction to Reading Drood:

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Book clubs

There are book clubs at every library and groups dedicated to:

  • crime fiction
  • plays
  • poetry

There are groups for:

  • teens
  • the hard of hearing
  • the visually impaired

Book club dates and times

Check library opening times.







Crime readers

For lovers of crime novels we have crime readers' groups at:

Poetry readers

A friendly and informal group for all you poetry lovers to share your favourite poems at:

Visually Impaired People (VIP) readers

A specialist group for visually impaired readers who listen to talking books and want to discuss them. New members are always welcome!

For more information call 01634 337 799.

These groups are held at Rochester Library, on the third Friday of the month at 2pm.