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Library column: Book clubs provide new idea, places, perspectives

Tina Norris

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At the Hudson Area Public Library, everyone loves book clubs. Librarians love to talk books and receive new reading recommendations, and it's fun to step out of a familiar genre and try something new.

That's the wonderful thing about books: they transport readers out of the ordinary and provide endless opportunities to explore new ideas, new places, and new perspectives. Hearing someone else's reaction or opinion about a book is thought provoking. Book clubs provide a safe space to meet new people, express your ideas and if you're lucky, there are snacks to enjoy too!

At the Hudson Library, we offer a variety of book clubs for all ages. For adults, there are two book club options: Bookmarks Book Club and A Novel Bunch Book Club. Bookmarks members read both fiction and nonfiction on a variety of topics, including history, biography and current topics. They meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m., upstairs in Room 219. Bring your coffee and join them; Bookmarks Book Club is open to all and welcomes new readers.

A Novel Bunch Book Club is a newer group and it's led by a rotation of your Hudson librarians. You'll find a wide variety of topics and genres, and again, all are welcome to stop by and join the discussion. All of the book club selections for our book clubs are listed on the Library's website, or you can pick up a brochure with book selections and more information at the Hudson Library. If you're already a member of a book club, we would still love to talk books with you. It can be difficult to make book selections or plan your meeting, and we have resources for that (try googling Book Club Central: it's a great new site created by the American Library Association). We can also help you order multiple copies of a book for your book club. Join us for book club fun at the library this year!

Upcoming events

Dorm Room Cooking, 12-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug.12. Teens(16+), get ready for dorm life by learning how to cook with limited ingredients, supplies, and appliances. Registration is required for this program as supplies are limited.

Library Board Meeting, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15. Meetings are open to the public and interested people are invited to attend.

Regression Session, 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. Teens, regress to kindergarten and revisit your favorite pastimes! Join us and play with fingerpaints, legos, Playdoh and enjoy a classic disney movie w/snacks.

Stitch Night, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17. Bring your stitching and enjoy relaxed conversation and refreshments!

Book clubs

Bookmarks Book Club,10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug, 16. The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton

A Novel Bunch Book Club, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug, 16,. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. A Novel Bunch Book Club is led by a rotating group of your Hudson librarians. Get to know us and enjoy a variety of book topics and genres! Join the book discussion on our Goodreads page, look for fun book club postings on our Pinterest page, and get all of the Novel Bunch book club selections on Facebook or our website.

Teen Book Club, 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein.