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The Clements Bookworm: Online Event for History Lovers

Panelists and featured guests discuss history topics in this webinar series. Recommended books, articles, and other resources are provided in each session as we vary between formats: Reader Panel, Author Conversation, Collectors Corner, and Fellow Spotlight.

Inspired by the traditional Clements Library researcher tea time, we invite you to pull up a chair at our [virtual] table. Live attendees are encouraged to post comments and questions, respond to polls, and add to our conversation and camaraderie.

WHEN:  Fridays, 10:00 am EDT – Weekly through August 28, 2020; Monthly in the Fall

WHERE: (Register for our Online Meeting via Zoom)

Upcoming Themes

October 16, 2020
The papers of William H. Busbey, Civil War Soldier and Newspaper Editor
Panelists: Ted Young (Busbey descendant), Linda Zimmermann (author of “Civil War Memories: The Collected Writings of Sgt. William H. Busbey”), Cheney J. Schopieray (Curator of Manuscripts)
November 20, 2020
Writing and Publishing Inspired by Genealogical Research
Panelists: Wendy Chapin Ford (author of “A Frontier Romance: Tiger Bill and Kate”)


December 18, 2020
Author Conversation with Martha Kennedy
Panelists: Martha Kennedy (Author, “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists”)

Access all previously recorded episodes of the Clements Bookworm.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join the meeting?

You can join our Zoom meeting by clicking the meeting link or going to and entering in the meeting ID. 

For a tutorial on how to join a meeting, please see this brief Zoom video.

How do I join computer/device audio?
On most devices, you can join computer/device audio by clicking Join Audio, Join with Computer Audio, or Audio to access the audio settings. Learn more about connecting your audio.

Can I Use Bluetooth Headset?
Yes, as long as the Bluetooth device is compatible with the computer or mobile device that you are using.

What kinds of books will be discussed?

We are asking panelists to discuss their favorite history books. Some, but not all, will feature a connection to the primary source collections at the Clements Library. Upcoming themes will be shared at

Will I be on video?

A webcam is not required to join the book circle and public participants will NOT appear on video. Only the panelists speaking will have their video and microphone active-- guests are encouraged to type in your comments and questions via the chat function.

Can I view a recording and a list of the resources discussed?

Yes! Feel free to register even if you can't attend the meeting, and you will receive a follow-up email with the resource list and video link.

Please see Recordings & Resource Lists for an archive of all past episodes of the Clements Bookworm.

If you need additional assistance, please contact Anne at