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Four Book Groups for Croasdaile Residents

by Carolyn Coolidge

Whether you like fiction or nonfiction, or even if your vision does not allow you to read on your own, there is a book group for you here in the Village. You can visit meetings without reading or finishing the book under discussion and find two copies in the library. Also, in the library alcove, to the right of the door, there is a list of the books being read by each group for the year. On the lower right edge of our monthly Life Enrichment calendars is a colorful rectangle presenting the books under discussion for the current month, low-vision group excepted.

The Booklovers’ group, led by Janice Schulke, Diane Busch, and Nancy Lutes, meets on the first Monday of the month in the Boles meeting room at 10:30 a.m. Generally, a reviewer presents the book, usually fiction, and then there is a discussion. Sometimes lunch follows. Members choose the books to be read each year in June. The book chosen for May is The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough.

The Wednesday Book Group, while convened by Ann Williams, meets on the fourth Wednesday in Boles at 2:30 p.m. to discuss fiction, sitting around a table and all contributing; there is no leader. Ann chooses the books to be discussed in the next season. In May, they will discuss This is Happiness by Niall Williams.

Non-fiction Book Group which meets on the second Friday at 1:00 p.m. in Roy’s Room. It is a group that enjoys history and reading about important people. The reading for June will be Jon Meacham’s, And There Was Light, a recent book about Abraham Lincoln.

Finally, Jane Green reads weekly to a group, some low-vision and some who enjoy being read to. She began doing this because she had enjoyed reading to her mother as her vision deteriorated. They meet Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the lower-level activities room. The book she is reading now, the 13th since she started this ministry, is Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery.