Themed book clubs in Sugar Grove blend love of reading with common interest
SUGAR GROVE – Adults who enjoy picking up a good book in the summer, may want to check out the book clubs offered at the Sugar Grove Public Library. Book club fans have four different options from: the Books and Brews club, the Tales and Trails book club, the Adult Discussion Group and the Mystery book club. All four of these book clubs offer a way for readers to share their ideas and opinions about a book while allowing them to hear others’ views and share a hobby or interest beyond reading.
Sugar Grove Library Assistant Director, Genna Mickey, knows the many benefits that come with regularly attending a book club.
“Book clubs offer the chance to discuss the same story, share ideas and opinions about the plot, characters, tone and pacing of the book,” Mickey. “Reading a book can be a solitary experience, and book clubs make a story so much more social."
Book clubs can offer more than just a place to discuss the same book Mickey said.
“Often times, members in a book club form relationships outside of the book club and become good friends,” Mickey said. That;s particulary true when club members discover interests outside of the books they read, and that's just the idea behind some of the themed groups offered.
Participants have read fiction and nonfiction books and enjoyed local craft brews in the Books and Brews Club. Meetings are held in the four seasons back porch of the library that offers comfortable seating.
“The books chosen for this book club tend to be a mixture of nonfiction and fiction and are more on the literary side,” Mickey said. “The group has enjoyed more fiction titles. This group is led by Adult Services Assistant, Tim Fitzpatrick. Local craft brews are available during the meeting and attendees must be over 21-years-old to attend.”
Trail walking and book discussions are combined in the Tales and Trails book club. Members meet at the parking lot across the street from Christ Community Church on Galena Boulevard.
“The club walks for an hour on the V.L. Gilman path,” Mickey said. “Each member gets a list of questions to discuss, and we talk about the book during our walk. Sometimes we all discuss as a group and sometimes we walk in pairs with smaller breakout conversations. When the weather is hotter in the summer, we meet earlier in the morning.”
Tales and Trails has monthly meetings April through October. The group has discussed books from several genres including science fiction, to young adult, historical fiction, biographies, and more. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 8 to discuss “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki.
The Adult Book Discussion Group meets the first Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 7 to discuss “The Woman on the Orient Express” by Lindsay Jayne Ashford.
“It is self-run, with no library staff member,” Mickey said. “The library gets many copies of the book sent in and available for pickup. This club votes on the books, and they try to read two classic books a year.”
Similar to the Adult Discussion Group, the Mystery Book Club is not run by a library staff member.
“The mystery book club likes to read cozy mysteries, with titles that do not have too much gore and crime,” Mickey said. “Each year in May, the Mystery book club invites a mystery author to their meeting to discuss the book with them and hear about the writing process and background information about the book.”
More information on each book club can be found at www.sgpl.org/adult-books.