Friday, January 13, 2012

Marshall Book Club 2012

The two book clubs at the John Marshall Library, have become popular monthly gatherings for many in the community. Lively discussions of interesting books are guaranteed at each meeting. The clubs have fostered lasting friendships and smaller “get togethers” but new members are always warmly welcomed.

The Evening Book Club is entering its 13th year and the Afternoon Book Club, its 8th. Each group reads 11 books a year, with titles suggested by group members and then voted to the final list. The suggestions are always eclectic, including fiction, non-fiction, bestsellers and classics. Every book may not be loved by all, but members often agree that they would not have discovered some of these interesting titles had they not been in the book club. Titles are sometimes seasonal or they may reflect current events. There is always a good book for a cold January evening, while summer reads may be lighter. During election years, a fall read may include something of a political nature, or a biography of a prominent American figure.

In recent years, there have been field trips that tie in to certain books. A reading of the The Moon and Sixpence (W. Somerset Maugham), led to a trip to the National Gallery to see a recent Gauguin exhibit. Because both groups had read The Help (Kathryn Stockett), there was an excited interested in going, as a group, to see the movie when it premiered. (of course lunch was included in the trip!) Local historian, Bob Sinclair, conducted a “Walking tour of Marshall”, after one club read High in Old Virginia’s Piedmont (John K. Gott). When an occasional Shakespeare play was included on the reading list, all agreed that the play would be brought to life by experiencing a live stage production. A trip to the “American Shakespeare Center” in Staunton, Virginia, made our reading of Twelfth Night one of the favorite reads of the year!

A summer picnic and a Holiday party, have become annual traditions that are eagerly anticipated by members of both book clubs. Picnics are held under the trees, on the hill, behind the Marshall Library. It is a potluck affair, with food that gets better each year! The Holiday party is held in the Library when the surroundings radiate holiday cheer. No book is read in December, so the meeting is just a time to relax, enjoy great food and good company.

The Marshall Book Clubs know no strangers. Every new person has something to offer and you will be warmly received. It is no wonder that the Clubs have become one of the most popular activities at the Library. Join us!

The following titles were chosen for the 2012 Book List:

Afternoon Book Club
Evening Book Club
The Marshall Afternoon Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month, at 1:00 p.m.

The Marshall Evening Book Club meets on the last Monday of the month, at 7:00 p.m.

Come join us!

Debbie @ John Marshall

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