As Branch Librarian I also run adult programs, the most regular of which is book club. I really enjoy book club as it encourages me to read different adult books. I worked in schools for so long that it seems I only ever read children’s or YA books, so I was (and am) way behind on my adult reading. Book club makes me read those books everyone else read 3 or 4 years ago, like The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Society, Olive Kitteridge and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
The other books we’ve read this year are:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Wells
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
Safe from the Sea by Peter Geve
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup
The current book club group is composed mostly of retired women, many of which are 75+. Hearing their stories is wonderful, and I greatly appreciate this opportunity to meet with the older members of the community.