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The Clements Bookworm: A book circle for history lovers

Join the Clements library staff, researchers, and supporters in a discussion about the books we’re reading. 

Inspired by the traditional Clements Library researcher tea time, we invite you to pull up a chair at our [virtual] table. Pour a cup of tea and enjoy a snack while you watch our commentators in a live feed. Chime in with your comments and questions via the chat function. We look forward to hosting you!

WHEN:  Weekly on Fridays, 10:00 am Eastern Time

WHERE: (Register for our Online Meeting via Zoom)

Upcoming Themes

May 29, 2020
Conversation with Chris Phillips, author of The Hymnal: A Reading History (2018)
June 5, 2020
Collectors Corner: Show & Tell with Joan Knoertzer
June 12, 2020
Civil War

Access all previously recorded episodes of the Clements Bookworm.

Clements Bookworm Merchandise

Show your support for the Clements Library Bookworm by placing an order for a t-shirt or sweatshirt! Orders will be taken until June 7, 2020 and delivered after June 22, 2020.

All proceeds benefit the Clements Library

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