12 16, 2021

Mentor Library Launches Book Clubs for Sci-Fi Fans, Cinephiles & Busy Readers

By |2021-12-14T09:15:06-05:00December 16, 2021|

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.

Its first meeting will be 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at our Lake Branch. They’ll chat about Me Before You – both the book by Jojo Moyes and the movie of the same name.

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.

02 22, 2021

Lake County Libraries team for Big IDEA Book Club

By |2021-02-22T06:00:56-05:00February 22, 2021|

Freedom Is A Constant StruggleThe Lake County League of Libraries and The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio will discuss scholar and activist Angela Davis’s newest book during the next meeting of its Big IDEA Book Club at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9.

Her book, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle, is a collection of her essays, interviews, and speeches. The book club is open to all, and copies of Freedom Is a Constant Struggle are available at your local library.

The League of Libraries formed the Big IDEA Book Club to discuss books and issues involving Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access. The discussion will be hosted via Zoom. People can sign up to join the talk online.

The Lake County League of Libraries is a collaboration between all the public and academic libraries in Lake County. It was formed to host larger-scale programs than any of the libraries could create individually. The League includes Fairport Harbor Public Library, Kirtland Public Library, Lakeland Community College Library, Lake Erie College Library, Madison Public Library, Mentor Public Library, Morley Public Library, Perry Public Library, Wickliffe Public Library and Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library.

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