Reading is one of my favorite winter pastimes, ok, truthfully it’s an all season pastime for me, but winter does really lend itself well to being curled up inside with a good book. I tend to get more reading done in the winter, but there comes a time where all that reading leads to the desire to, well, share. Talking about a book you read is almost as much fun as the act of reading it. But, there’s that unfortunate moment when, usually ten minutes into your brilliant monologue you realize, ‘this person hasn’t read the book and they have no idea what I’m talking about!’ As much fun as talking about a book is, what you really want is a dialog, a sharing of experiences and reactions to a piece of literature. This is the book lover’s dilemma.
I’ve found that joining a book discussion group is a great way to get your book dialog fix. There are, of course, other reasons to join a book discussion group: you get out of the house, taking a break from your everyday life; you meet new people and have lively discussions with them; you read things you wouldn’t have read otherwise, expanding your reading world. But above all, book discussion groups build community; you and your other book group members are sharing an experience each time you read a book and then come together to talk about it. Here at KRL, there are book clubs in each community. Some revolve around specific themes, like Poulsbo’s ‘Rainbow Reads’ focusing on books with LGBTQ themes and/or by LGBTQ authors; others around genres, like Bainbridge Island’s cookbook book group ‘Eat Your Words’ or Sylvan Way’s Nonfiction book group.
But wait, there’s more! Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that none of the book groups that the library offers appeal, hard to imagine, but it could happen. Maybe they are offered at times that don’t work with your schedule. Maybe you want to create your own group, meeting at friends’ houses or a coffee shop. This is where the Book Club Collection comes in to save the day. It allows you, the individual KRL library card owner, to check out a book kit, complete with 15 copies of a book, a discussion guide, reviews of the book and more. There are over 100 titles of fiction and nonfiction with a range of genres. My favorite part however, is that you can reserve these kits online through the KitKeeper system as I appreciate any activity one can do from home in one’s pajamas.
Whether it’s an established book discussion group, one you create using the Book Club Collection, or an impromptu exchange with one of the library staff at the desk or in the shelves, use KRL as a tool to help solve the book lover’s dilemma.