Are you resolving to read or learn more this new year? We’re offering four new book clubs that can help you reach that goal!
Science Fiction Book Club
First, we’re launching a new book club for fans of science fiction. The first meeting is 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Mentor Headlands Community Center. They’ll discuss Ursula K. Le Guin’s classic The Left Hand of Darkness.
“Science Fiction tends to be an overlooked genre, especially when it comes to book clubs,” said Josh Sebrasky, manager of our Headlands Branch and founder of the Science Fiction Book Club. “But when creating these new worlds, the authors are just indirectly showing us another way to look at our present situation.”
Sebrasky said he picked Le Guin for his first author, because he loves her optimism.
“So many speculative-fiction authors write dystopian futures, but Le Guin is a utopian thinker. She asks us to think about worlds we want to see, not worlds we want to avoid,” Sebrasky said.
Watch What You Read Book Club
Also, we’re starting a new book club that will appeal to both readers and movie lovers. The Watch What You Read Book Club discusses bestselling books and the movies that they inspired.
Everyone’s invited to read the book, watch the movie, and come to the club to discuss how they complement and differ from each other. The club is led by Library Associate Laura Temming.
“I thought it would be fun and interesting to discuss the differences between the movie and book with others, and find out which version people liked better,” Temming said.
End of the World Book Club
We’ve also created a book club for teens that features the best in YA dystopias. Fans of the Hunger Games, Divergent and Maze Runner book series will love the End of the World Book Club!
It’s open to everyone in seventh through 12th grade. The club will talk about Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman during its first meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at the Mentor Headlands Community Center.
Online Book Club
Finally, we’re launching an Online Book Club in January. It’s the perfect book club for readers with busy or unpredictable schedules who love books but don’t know when they’ll have free time.
Anyone can sign up to join and use the online forums to discuss books on a range of topics. The first book will be The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King. The conversation starts on January 6, and readers can join (at their convenience) any time in January and February.
People can sign up at www.pbc.guru/mentor. The conversation will be moderated by Professional Book Club Guru, who’ve managed online book clubs for companies, alumni associations, and libraries.
We offer several book clubs, including clubs that specialize in mysteries and bestsellers. All of them are open to the public. Of course, the discussion books can be borrowed from us. Registration is required. You can sign up on our website or by calling us.