I wanted to tell you about the virtues of joining your local library book club. I started less than a year ago and am truly enjoying my experience. I have tried to start book clubs in the past with different friends but we have always found a reason not to. We moved to a new town in Iowa a year ago and one of the first places I always go is the library of course! Needless to say they have a wonderful library here and after a while I started to notice the signs for the book club. The first meeting I went to was for the book The Poet of Tolstoy Park by Sonny Brewer and I enjoyed it so much I keep going back. There are lot of wonderful reasons to go to a library book club so I made a list:
1. The book is free! I get to check it out for at least six weeks before the actual meeting too.
2. There is a core group that is always the same but I always get to meet several different people, even a few men come!
3. I never have to clean my house, provide treats and find somewhere for the rest of my family to go! The Library always provides a comfortable meeting room and refreshments.
4. The discussions are always led by our librarian who takes suggestions and the books she picks are always well researched and she provides lots of additional information.
5. We have met several authors in person and over the phone.
The other cool thing about the library book club is we participate in the All Iowa Reads program.
The All Iowa Reads program is a book selected every year to encourage Iowans statewide to read and talk about a single title in the same year. The books are selected by members of the Iowa Center for the Book advisory council. The criteria used to select a book are
1. Be available in paperback, large print and unabridged audio
2 Lend itself to in-depth discussion and raise universal social issues relevant to Iowans
3. Be accessible to adults and high school age youth
Have an Iowa or Midwest connection
Is a recent publication that has not been widely read
This year the selected book is Digging to America by Anne Tyler
Past selections are:
2007. Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio by Jeffrey Kluge
2006. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
2005. The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
Our library book club summer list is Digging to America by Anne Tyler
Looking For Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore
Five Quarters of an Orange by Joanne Harris
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