The role of libraries is shifting with the times. Whether you prefer your books in hardcover, paperback or on a CD, book clubs offer ways for people in communities to connect.
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Libraries across the region host at least one book vlub a month, and some as many as three. Bethel hosts fiction and non-fiction clubs as does Southbury, which also hosts a parenting book club.
At the Danbury Public Library last year, over 2,199 people participated in the One Book, One Community program, and almost 1,000 people turned out to hear an author speak, according to Library Director Mark Hasskarl.
Residents gather at the Woodbury Library to discuss essays written about Great Decisions that resulted in war, peace, and other outcomes.
Mothers know that book readings for tykes and programs for the K-12 set are free and easy for the whole family, but in these economic times, there are great things for everyone to take advantage of in their home town library.
Whether you prefer to engage in a chess game in Monroe, watch an afternoon movie for free in Woodbury, check your e-mail, learn a foreign language, or argue politics, there is an awful lot going on in libraries these days.
If you are too busy to joing the clubs, you can still be in the loop with what your community is reading. Here is a list of what the libraries in the region are serving up. If you are short on good books to read, never fear, we will run a new list every month.
Monroe Edith Wheeler Memorial Library: Tends to read older or obscure books that have literary value rather than bestsellers. You will discover books you might never have known existed. Currently reading "The White Tiger" by Avarind Adiga, and described in their brochure as, “A story of wit, blistering suspense and questionable morality.”
Southbury Library: "Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science" by Dava Sobel, for the non-fiction book club. "The Tower, The Zoo and The Tortoise" by Julia Stewart for the fiction book club, and The Parenting Book Club is reading "The Pretty Little Liars" Series by Sara Shepard.
The Bethel Library: Reading "Brooklyn" by Colm Toibin
Oxford Library: Currently reading "Hearts of Horses" by Molly Gloss. The book is described as a sort of cowgirl/horse whisperer story based around the time of World War 1.
Newtown Library: Currently reading three books. "Salt, A World History" by Mark Kurlansky, "The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver and "Learning to Die in Miami" by Carolos Eire.
Woodbury Public Library: "Please Look After Mom" by Kyong-Sook Shin
Danbury Public Library: "The Imperfectionists" by Tom Rachman
Howard Whittemore Memorial Library, Naugatuck: Jane Eyre by Bronte
Brookfield Library: The Likeness by Tana French, a book of suspenseful fiction.