by Alphild Dick, Adult Services Librarian
It’s a natural order of events for a book lover. Go to the library, get books, look for a book club. The first two things are easy to accomplish, but it isn’t always easy to find a book club. In fact, one of the questions that we often get asked at Manhattan Public Library is whether we can recommend a great local book club. Well, now we can!
Starting this fall, Manhattan Public Library has its very own book club here—The Good Books Club. Meeting at 7pm in the Groesbeck Room on the last Thursday of every month, The Good Books Club will feature delightful conversation with community members and local experts; intriguing books that are sure to capture your imagination; and delicious treats and refreshments. Everyone is invited!
Here are some of the upcoming titles for this fall, and their featured guests:
- Revolutionary Heart by Diane Eickhoff: 19th century pioneer, Clarina Nichols, was a passionate and tireless advocate for women’s rights and the abolishionist movement. She was also a Kansan. Revolutionary Heart is an engaging, thought-provoking biography of this extraordinary woman who lived in a time when little was certain and battles were perilous. This book group discussion is sure to be amazing, especially because Diane Eickhoff, the author, will be joining us. This event is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council and it’s not to be missed!
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brian: Manhattan Public Library is participating in Kansas’ The Big Read this year, and we’re excited to feature the book, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brian. A moving portrait of the lives of soldiers serving in the Vietnam War, this book illuminates a part of our history that is fraught with complex emotions. There will be numerous events to highlight the book, including two book club meetings:
- November 14th: Join us for a special evening of books, brews, and converation at the Little Apple Brewery. Starting at 6pm, the Books and Brew group will chat about The Things They Carried and enjoy some great food and company.
- November 20th: Our final Good Books Club meeting for the fall, we will meet to discuss The Things They Carried. Refreshments will be provided.
Interested in joining us? Contact Manhattan Public Library to put a hold on one of the featured titles at 785-776-4741 ext. 141.
After the holidays, our book club meetings will resume on January 29 with and exploration of British Classics. The selected writers have delighted the minds, warmed the hearts, and frozen the blood of readers from every corner of the world. Readers meeting to discuss these stories will travel back to the days when books were the center of conversation among friends and neighbors. How could you stay home?