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Beyond the Bookshelves: New book club service makes conversation easy

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 9:44 a.m. CDT

Part of the fun of reading is joining a book club so you can talk about books and share your impressions of the characters, plot and writing. But with busy schedules, it can be hard to organize them.

Now there’s a terrific solution: Let the Geneva Public Library do it for you with its Book Club Service.

The new Book Club Service will include books and audiobooks, as well as supplemental information such as questions, author biographies and reviews for each group to use.

“We wanted to make book clubs convenient and easy so you can focus on enjoying your group,” said Gail Conrath, Adult Services assistant manager, who runs the Book Club Service with reference librarian Lauren Maxwell.

The service can also help you choose engaging titles that will keep your group talking. The service will make every effort to obtain books in any available format, whether it is regular print books, large print books or audiobooks. The service is also available for children and teen book groups.

Call 630-232-0780 ext. 251 or email bookclub@gpld.org for information.

A note from customer service: It’s National Library Card Sign-up Month. Let us photograph you with your library card to display in the library, and receive a scratch and win card for a chance to win a fun prize! Stop by a service desk for details.

The librarian recommends: “‘The Paradise Trap’” by Catherine Jinks is a story that combines humor and dark fantasy. Eleven-year-old Marcus would have much rather spent his summer at home playing video games than in a dilapidated trailer at the beach. But then he discovers a cellar door leading to a world that creates an unending dream vacation for whoever enters. Marcus and his new friends find themselves in a fast-paced adventure to escape the clutches of what they most desire,” Youth Services librarian Bari Ericson said.

Paula Krapf is the public relations and marketing manager for Geneva Public Library. Her column runs the third Thursday of each month. Contact her at editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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