With the addition of a new adult services program assistant in the fall, the Elkin Public Library is working to expand its adult offerings. Kasey Nowalk already has doubled the available book clubs and hopes to add other adult programming in the coming year.
The four clubs for adults, each offering a unique reading experience, are the Pulitzer Prize Book Club, the Mystery Book Club, The Women’s Book Club, and the Nonfiction Book Club. According to Nowalk, club themes were selected based on frequently checked out genres. “It’s a good variety, and I think we are capturing some different reading interests,” said Branch Librarian Martha Smith, noting past discussion groups were more limited.
As far as the specific books selected for the clubs, Nowalk said, “We’ve had the members of the book clubs choose.” In December, two of the clubs watched films based on books read in November and had discussions comparing the films to the books.
The clubs are structured to provide optimum flexibility, allowing people to come when they can with no fees or commitment. A person may even switch between clubs each month depending on his or her schedule or book preference. “It’s all about fostering a love of reading and promoting literacy in adults,” said Smith.
Club meetings are usually held the second week of each month. In January the dates are:
• Jan. 11, 6:45 p.m., Pulitzer Prize Book Club will discuss “The Optimist’s Daughter” by Eudora Welty.
• Jan. 14, 1 p.m., Women’s Book Club will discuss “The River Keeper” by Sarah Martin Byrd.
• Jan. 14, 6:45 p.m., Nonfiction Book Club will discuss “House of God” by Samuel Shem.
• Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m., Mystery Book Club will discuss “Moonstone” by Wilkie Collins.
Advanced registration is not required to attend any of the clubs, however by signing up in advance, participants may check out the book from the library and receive a list of discussion questions. “Book club is about getting people to read something new, but it’s not about having to finish,” said Nowalk, explaining valuable discussions include why a book was challenging.
Nowalk intends to continue expanding the adult programs with things like community information sessions, Black History Month programming, the annual Pipes lecture, chess club and a knitting group. Several teen book groups also will begin this spring under the direction of Youth Services Program Specialist Kelly Snow. To get involved, call the library at 336-835-5535 or email Kasey Nowalk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the modern fast-paced world, Smith invites everyone to come to the library to “slow it down with words.”
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