Manitowoc Public Library to Host Book Talks Later This Month
The following article was submitted by Therese Horstketter, Public Services Associate at the Manitowoc Public Library.
Read with me, right?
This question pretty much sums up the foundation of our book discussion program. Most avid readers I know like to share or recommend books, but also, without providing spoilers, eventually seek to discuss a particular book.
The Manitowoc Public Library offers an evening book discussion on the third Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in our second-floor meeting room. The staff selects a book for each month and prepares an accompanying brochure that includes the discussion questions, as well as a mention of the next book to be discussed. Books are available approximately one month before the next discussion and can be found on a display rack on the first floor, near the entrance, for payment.
You can wander into the night of the discussion, whether you’ve read the whole book or not. You can hang out and listen to the discussion or participate as much as you want. We know book groups are hugely popular and we have a huge supply of book discussion kits covering just about every genre to offer. Even if you belong to your own reading group – through friends or work or just a random mix of readers who meet roughly every month – you are welcome to participate in our discussions. Some people even stop to see if the title being discussed that night is suitable for their group and would like to hear a discussion about it before presenting the title to their group.
One thing I should make clear: we don’t have wine, cheese, or chocolates during our book talks. Treats seem to be a staple of some book groups. Others highlight specific foods to go along with the title they’re talking about. More power to all these groups! However, we are not allowed to serve drinks or food with our chat, but we are strong on chat. Considering we’re a library, that’s probably not surprising!
Our next title is “Lights Out in Lincolnwood” on Thursday, April 21. It’s both fun and a bit scary at times, as it’s a book about a complete blackout in a small geographic area. People have no way of communicating or knowing if this is happening just in their corner of the country. Or is it all over? How people intervene or panic – all in different ways – is central to this book. I thought it was a great read!
Moving on to Morning Book Talks, the next one will be on Tuesday, May 10, when we discuss ‘Where the Forest Meets the Stars’. Morning Book Talks are held the second Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. in our second-floor conference room. Recommended by a staff member, this book tells the story of a woman named Jo. Jo is reeling from a loss that leads her to return to work on breeding birds at a cabin in rural Illinois. A mysterious child, covered in bruises and barefoot, shows up at his cabin. Jo enlists the help of her reclusive neighbor and between them they try to figure out where the child came from. But, while they are busy working with her, they forge a bond that makes them forget to continue their search for her roots. I’m really looking forward to this one!
As I mentioned, you can be as involved or as sidelined as you want when you join us for a chat. Readers have described books from “I loved it!” to “It was ok” and many comments in between. We also tend to drift off to other books or real-life situations when discussing the book for that evening. True life stories were shared many times and many laughs, as well as a few tears, were part of our short moments together.
For all these reasons, and perhaps to chat with new faces, join us!