It’s almost summertime and the kids, or grandkids, will soon be out of school. Let’s face it, after a few days, you may need a mental break from the kids. Now is the time to start planning your summer escapes. Reading is a great way to get away from summer stressors, all from the comfort of your own home. If you haven’t already considered it, make sure to get in on our Summer Reading Challenge, where in addition to reading great books, you can earn prizes and attend amazing events. If you want to form lasting connections this summer, now is the time to consider joining a book club.
Why join a book club? Each and every book is a personal experience, but any avid reader knows that a really good novel cannot just be mentally shelved away. It begs to be talked about and shared with others. By attending a book club, you can meet interesting people and even form new friendships. Different points of view are welcome at book clubs and the discussion can help a person better understand their own viewpoints. Library-sponsored book clubs are always open to the public, and readers can participate as little or as much as their schedules permit.
Irving Public Library offers 14 book clubs and one writer’s group for readers of varied interests. Ten of them are reserved for adults. Upcoming book clubs in May include:
Global Reads Book Club discusses The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
2 p.m. May 20, West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road
Book Lover’s Happy Hour discusses book series: Staying Power vs. Running Out of Steam
7 p.m. May 22, South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive
Unicorns in Space! Book Club discusses Indie Novels
7 p.m. May 23, West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road
Valley Ranch Reads Book Club discusses Moloka’i
7 p.m. May 25, Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail
Don’t see your perfect fit? There are plenty of other book clubs to choose from that meet once a month, including the Girl’s Night Out Book Club, Tried and True - a classics and non-fiction club, a Young Adult lovers book club, a Mystery readers’ lunchtime meet-up, a group that focuses on self-improvement through books, and a club that meets at the Heritage Senior Center. For additional information, call (972) 721-4612.