Beyond the Shelves With SMCL – Join Our Book Club!

Great news for book club lovers: San Mateo County Libraries is now reading The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by National Book Award, opens a new window winner James McBride on Fable, a virtual book club app. This popular book club pick will be available virtually for all of March—with no wait times!

Sign up, opens a new window to join our club and gain access to free virtual copies of our monthly reads. When asked to validate your account number, type in the number on the back of your library card. This offer is only for San Mateo County Libraries patrons with codes beginning with 29041, 29731, and 29735.

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How does Fable work? 

Fable, opens a new window is an iPhone and Android app for book clubbers on the go. You can use Fable to join a virtual book club or start your own, with no meetings or video calls required. Some book clubs are private, which means that you need an invitation to join, while many others are public, which means that anyone can join! 

You can read eBooks in the app itself and leave notes, highlight passages and add emoji reactions. Book club members can make posts, ask questions or join discussions related to the book. It's as easy as texting or commenting online—but for your fellow book club members.

Is Fable free?

Clubs are free to join, and users can create free clubs of their own. By signing up for Fable, opens a new window with your library card, you’ll have access to Fable’s premium book clubs, which are usually only available through a paid subscription. Titles for San Mateo County Libraries’ book club are free and will be automatically added to your account when you sign up.

To Fable, reading is about more than just entertainment. Fable believes in the benefits of reading for mental health and building real connections between readers who love to talk about books. 

San Mateo County Libraries wants to support book club members wherever they are. Join us on Fable today, opens a new window to start reading and making connections!