Monday, November 16, 2015

Great Books + Good Conversation = Fun

“I thought [the group] was very friendly and made me feel welcome.” 
-first-time attendee

“I like it because we all read the same book but we all have a different idea about what the book is about… and opinions about how it’s written and whether we liked it.”   
-Gail P.

Are you an avid reader who’d like to discuss books—characters, themes, plot points, writing style, etc.—with like-minded readers in a friendly and respectful environment?  If so, Olney’s book discussion groups may be for you!

We have three active groups at Olney:

  • Evening Book Discussion Group:  meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 pm 
  • Daytime Book Discussion Group: 1st Tuesday of each month at 1:30 pm 
  • Jewish Book Discussion Group:  1st Sunday of each month at 3 pm 

There’s no need to register, just stop by the library to pick up the book selection before the meeting date. Each group has a volunteer facilitator; all members can suggest titles for future book lists and have the opportunity to lead a discussion. Depending on your time and interest, feel free to attend any (or all) of the groups!

To learn about upcoming book selections, please visit MCPL Olney branch’s Calendar of Events (bottom of page) or call us at 240-773-9545. The Jewish Book Discussion Group focuses on books by Jewish authors or with Jewish themes, but is open to everyone who’s interested.

The Daytime Discussion Group, a spirited and dedicated bunch of readers!

The Daytime Book Discussion Group has been meeting for many years, with a core group of regulars and new members who attend each month. Being part of the group enriches members’ reading experiences, and they look forward to gaining new insights and unexpected perspectives, and seeing friends, new and old. Said member Rosalie G., "I enjoy having the book discussion because it allows me to think more deeply about the books that I’m reading… It’s interesting to hear other people’s opinions about the same book.” 

This past month, the group read “The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout. “Some people liked it and some people hated it. That’s what makes the discussion so interesting and so much fun,” said Rosalie. Of recent books read by the group, Gail said she liked “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown (read as part of the “One Maryland, One Book” program, sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council). “I liked the history part of it, and I learned a lot of interesting things that I had not been exposed to.”

We hope you’ll consider joining your fellow book lovers for illuminating discussions each month!

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