Between September 6-20 Together We Read invites anyone with a library card to borrow Australian author Jacquie Byron’s novel Happy Hour, as an e-book or audiobook, and join Australia’s biggest annual online book club.

How It Works 

To join Australia’s biggest annual online book club, you will need:

  • A local library membership – you can join for free.
  • The free Libby App on your device.
  • September 6-20: Download – Happy Hour by Jacquie Byron as an eBook or audio 
  • book free of charge, with no holds or waiting.

Join the author and readers across Australia for an online discussion throughout the two weeks and a live online event on September 20.

Now in its second year, the 2022 Together We Read selection is the novel Happy Hour by Jacquie Byron (Allen & Unwin) – a powerful story about one woman, two dogs and the family next door. Elizabeth Strout meets Marian Keyes in this hilarious and uplifting insight into true love, loss and friendship, described by author Mary Moody as ‘Hilarious and poignant’.

Learn more about Together We Read: AU at

Monthly digital book clubs now available to all MidCoast library members

Libraries around the MidCoast are offering their members new opportunities to connect with authors, other readers and a variety of fascinating guests in monthly online events hosted by bestselling Australian authors Maya Linnell and Ben Hobson.

Monthly events are professionally run and presented, yet friendly and accessible. Readers can enjoy conversations and interviews during these community events each month from the comfort of their own home, at no cost.

These new initiatives are offered by library platform OverDrive for their Libby reading app. The Libby app features the digital books and magazines highlighted during these events along with other eBooks, audiobooks and magazines which can be accessed from participating libraries and borrowed free of charge. The books also chosen for Ben’s Book Club can be borrowed by members of participating libraries with no waitlists and no holds.

Library Lovers with Maya Linnell is a free monthly program hosted by best-selling author Maya Linnell on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Each online event features a series of guests, including an author, a lifestyle expert and an Australian librarian. During this discussion attendees have the opportunity to ask questions, interact with the guests, and enjoy a light-hearted engaging conversation about books, gardening, and cooking.  

Ben’s Book Club is a free monthly digital book club hosted by best-selling author Ben Hobson each 4th Tuesday of every month. During the event, guests will have the opportunity to ask questions, interact with the authors, and enjoy a well-rounded bookish discussion. Participating library card holders can borrow the book chosen for Ben’s Book Club with no waiting or holds on the Libby reading app.

For more information about borrowing digital books from your library, visit

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