Let’s Read — and Then Party!

A couple of days ago, I took a peek at the web site of my old stamping grounds, the Oak Park Public Library, where I began my library career way back in the 60s.  I was pleased to note the library has organized a book lovers’ appreciation society called Oak Park Readers.  There are no restrictions or registration.  Staff members encourage local residents to “read all you want,” then come to the library for a book-sharing party.

At the party, staff members welcome the attendees by sharing some of their own favorites, then invite the participants to take the floor and talk about the books they love.  After this time of book-sharing, everyone drinks, eats, mingles, and discusses books with other like-minded individuals.

The staff promises everyone will leave with a reading list and a fresh outlook, and possibly one or two new friends.  The parties are held periodically on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00, and information about past parties, including book lists and photos, can be found on the library’s web site, www.oppl.org.

Great idea, don’t you think?

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About the Author:

Ted Balcom lives in Arlington Heights, IL and conducts workshops on leading book discussions, about which he has also published a book: Book Discussions for Adults: A Leader’s Guide (American Library Association, 1992).

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