Programs for readers

If you're keen to get the most from your reading, we have a wide range of programs, events and online services to help you find your next great read or connect with other local readers.

Upcoming author encounters

Nicole Gibson

Nicole Gibson

Nicole Gibson - Love Out Loud

Nicole Gibson celebrates the launch of her first book, Love Out Loud (A Millennial's Guide to Enlightenment), at the Southport Library Wednesday 2 May, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

“It’s a personal account of my own journey of finding my way back to love, as well as a guide to help you figure out what loving OUT LOUD really means to you. The book is designed to help you make tangible the illusive feeling of love, and to help you create your own road map to get you back home.”  Nicole Gibson - Speaker. Facilitator. Unifier.

Join Nicole as she shares her insights, wisdom and tools designed to help you forge your own path back to self-love at this free event. Book online now to secure your place.

Amanda Hampson

Amanda Hampson

Amanda Hampson - The Yellow Villa

If you have ever dreamed of moving to France or another country to start afresh you will find bestselling author Amanda Hampson’s latest novel, The Yellow Villa, a fascinating and highly entertaining read.

Join author Amanda Hampson for an entertaining talk on her insights and research into the expat life in France at Broadbeach Library on Wednesday 9 May, from 7pm to 8pm. Book online now to secure your place at this free event or call 07 5581 1555.

Books will be available to purchase for signing by the author from Bookface.

Meet an author

We host touring national and international authors throughout the year, and celebrate key literary events with special themed activities. Keep an eye on our online events calendar for upcoming events.

Find your next read

That's what our friendly librarians are for - call in to any City library and ask us for advice on what might suit your reading interests.

You can also receive our librarians' tips direct to your inbox. Subscribe to NextReads - our free monthly newsletters giving you great book suggestions for the genre you love. Current newsletters on offer are Biography and Travel, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery and Thriller, Popular Fiction and Romance.

Our reading websites are also worth a look - see our online resources page for help finding new reads similar to those you already enjoy reading, including Novelist Plus and Who Else Writes Like...?

Connect with other readers

Open book clubs

Our open book clubs run across our libraries - share your thoughts and ideas on books you are reading in a friendly and social environment. There’s no need to book; just turn up, listen and chat about what you are reading. All book clubs run across our libraries are listed in our online events calendar.

Online book club

Can't make it to the library? Why not check out Book coasters - our online book club. It’s a space for customers and library staff to share reviews, links, tips, tricks, how-to guides and information on books we love (and books we don't).

Set up your own book club

Want to connect with other local readers and form your own book club? We have lots of tips on creating your own book club.

When you've started your book club, you can access our range of book club kits available for loan, each containing 10 copies of a title for the exclusive use of your book club.

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