If one of your New Year's resolutions is to finally join a book club, you're in luck! Greenwich Library has a whopping nine book clubs among its libraries.Join a club to meet new people, be exposed to new ideas, and stretch your literary horizons. We're confident you'll find one to fit your interests.
The Selective Eye Book Club meets monthly on the second Tuesday afternoon. Selective Eye has been compared to a college literary course: for the first half, professional facilitator Susan Boyar gives a brief lecture about the book, and the second half is dedicated to a group discussion. The structure of the club is informal: some come to listen, some come to talk, and some will actually do both.
Books read this year include a mix of classic and contemporary authors: The Master by Colm Toibin; The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James; God on the Rocks by Jane Gardam and 2010's Pulitzer Prize winner A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Upcoming books will include Swamplandia by Karen Russell in February; and Room by Emma Donaghue in March. The next meeting is Tuesday, January 10 at 1 p.m. in the Meeting Room on the second floor. The book to be discussed is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. No advance registration is required, so just drop in and join the club.
Other book clubs will meet in January as well:
Great Books Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, January 5 at 9:30 a.m. in the Jewel. The book for January is The Bell by Iris Murdoch and the reading for February is Rothschild's Fiddle by Anton Chekhov. For more information please call John Caron at (203) 661-2907.
The Foreign Affairs Book Club will meet on Tuesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room on the second floor. The book to read in January and February is The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin. For more information, please call Yang Wang at (203) 622-7924.
Bookworms Club, for children in grades 2 and 3 who are reading independently, will meet on Wednesday, January 11 at 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room on the second floor. Join them for a book discussion, fun activities and a snack. Register and pick up a copy of the book at the Children's Room desk. For more information, call (203) 622-7940, or visit the website and click on the Children's Program tab.
Junior Book Club, for students in grades 4-6 will meet on Thursday, January 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room on the second floor. Register and pick up a copy of the book at the Children's Room desk. For more information, please call (203) 622-7940, or visit the website and click on the Children's Program tab.
Middle School Book Club will meet on Thursday, January 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room on the second floor. Visit the second floor reference desk to register and pick up a copy of the book. For more information, contact Margaret Walsh, (203) 622-7915, or visit the website and click on the Children's Program tab.
The Cos Cob Library hosts three book clubs:
Thursday Evening Book Club will meet on January 5 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss Old Filth by Jane Gardam. Suzie Carter facilitates this popular monthly book club which discusses current fiction and non-fiction books of interest.
Mystery Lovers Book Club will kick off its fourth season on Saturday, January 14 at 1 p.m. with The Lady In the Lake by Raymond Chandler. This is a fun book club whose members meet monthly to discuss various whodunits. The facilitator is Shubha Phansalkar.
Brown Bag Book Club will meet on Wednesday, January 18 at 12 p.m. to discuss The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer. Susan Boyer facilitates this long-running book club. Pack a lunch, grab a friend and join the discussion!
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