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February 18, 2014

The Library Shelf 02-18-14

Bookclubs create better insights

We’ve passed out nearly all of our copies of “Fahrenheit 451” and book discussions have started. If you are reading the “One Book, One Community” book, then I urge you to get to know people in your discussion group and talk about extending this one meeting to a monthly bookclub. Being involved in a book club has a ton of benefits.

I am involved with two bookclubs and they are very different. One club is widely varied with both men and women who are younger and significantly older than I am. We have been bookclubbing for nearly eight years and have made it through 92 books.  We still have nine of our 12 original members. We’ve been through illnesses, job changes and declining eyesight over the years, but one thing has not changed, and that is the amazing pearls of wisdom I leave with each month. If not for this club, I just would not have the deeper layers of understanding that I get by discussing books with this particular group of people.

My other club is much newer, but just as important to me. We’ve been together for a couple of years and the all-female members are fairly similar to me in terms of background and age. What amazes me though is that despite our relative similarities, everyone thinks so differently. I always come away with several different viewpoints on the book as well as a good understanding of how events in the book compare with our contemporary lives.

If you are a reader, I encourage you to get a club together. If you are not a reader, then I encourage you to do the same because joining a book club is one of the easiest and most fun ways to become a habitual reader. There are many ways the library can help support your club.

The library has 185 book club kits that checkout to clubs for two months at a time. Each kit contains 10 copies of the same book and the books range from classics like “The Sound and the Fury” and perennial bookclub fodder like “Snow Falling on Cedars” to recent bookclub hits like “A Fault in our Stars” and “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed.

In addition, for almost every kit, our website has links to discussion questions and a recipe that fits the book. You can find the list at http://library.stillwater.org/list_of_book_club_kits.php.

The library also has room for your meetings. If you prefer not to meet in each other’s homes, then call to reserve Room 138. It is free and perfectly sized for a discussion, with comfortable chairs and a large table.

If you have questions about forming a book club or want to register to borrow our kits, email us at askalibrarian@stillwater.org or call 405-372-3633, extension 8106. Happy Bookclubbing!

Stacy DeLano is an Adult Services Librarian for the Stillwater Public Library, 1107 S. Duck St. at the corner of 12th Avenue and Duck Street. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. To register for any programs, email askalibrarian@stillwater.org. For information, contact sdelano@stillwater.org  at 405-372-3633, extension 124, or visit library.stillwater.org.

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