Markham Reads

Now in its 8th successful year, Markham Reads is our annual celebration of books, reading, and community. It's simple: everyone in Markham reads the very same voted on by Markham. The shared reading experience is fun, and inspires conversation and dialogue. The library also hosts events that help the community connect more deeply with the book's themes, ideas and each other. We invite you to join in and have a great time!


The 2019 Markham Reads book is:

Bad Ideas book cover

We are delighted to announce that this year's official selection is Bad Ideas by Missy Marston – a wildly funny and wonderfully moving book about a string of bad ideas and the absurdity of love.  Bad Ideas was selected as our Markham Reads 2019 book by a community voting campaign.

Trudy works nights in a linen factory, avoiding romance and sharing the care of her four-year-old niece with Trudy’s mother, Claire. Claire still pines for Trudy’s father, a St. Lawrence Seaway construction worker who left her twenty years ago. Claire believes in true love. Trudy does not. She’s keeping herself to herself. But when Jules Tremblay, aspiring daredevil, walks into the Jubilee restaurant, Trudy’s a goner. Loosely inspired by Ken “the Crazy Canuck” Carter’s attempt to jump the St. Lawrence River in a rocket car, and set in a 1970s hollowed-out town in eastern Ontario, Bad Ideas paints an indelible portrait of people on the forgotten fringes of life. Witty and wise, this is a novel that will stay with you a long time.

From July 2 – August 27, read along with your community and participate in our exciting programming. Borrow Bad Ideas from any of our branches, or check it out online on Overdrive. We also provide a handy Reading Guide, which is available in branches and online too.

Sign up for our programs on or drop in to one of our discussion groups.


Markham Reads: 70s Trivia Night

Wednesday, July 17, Unionville Library | 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Markham Reads: Scrapbooking Nights

Tuesday, July 30, Aaniin Library | 6:30-8:30 PM

Tuesday, August 27, Aaniin Library | 6:30-8:30 PM

Markham Reads: Movie Night

Thursday, August 8, Aaniin Community Centre | 7:00-9:30 PM

Markham Reads: In Conversation with Missy Marston

Thursday, August 15, Markham Village Library | 7:00 pm - 8:30 PM

Discussion Group Schedule:

Aaniin: Tues, July 9, 6:30-8:30 PM

Angus Glen: Wed, July 31, 6:30-8:30 PM

Cornell: Tues, August 20, 6:30-8:30 PM

Markham Village: Wed, July 24, 6:30-8:30 PM

Milliken Mills: Wed, July 17, 6:30-8:30 PM

Thornhill CC: Tues, August 6, 6:30-8:30 PM

Thornhill Village: Thu, August 15, 6:00-8:00 PM

Unionville: Tues, August 27, 6:30-8:30 PM