This month marks the first anniversary for a monthly book discussion group in Peabody.
“The only thing better than reading a really good book — or even a really bad one — is sharing it with others,” group member Linda Wetta said. “A year ago, after occasional impromptu conversations with local readers, Sarah Kallansrud, Sharon Schmill, and Faie Frederickson started the monthly book club in Peabody.”
The group meets at 1 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in the Ann Potter room of Peabody Township Library. The one-year anniversary was celebrated on Thursday and members received mementos including bookmarks and copies of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s book, “Gift from the Sea.”
“During this first year, books read and discussed included a book of choice by local author Leslie LaFoy,” Wetta said. “We also read ‘Orphan Train,’ ‘Neverhome,’ ‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ ‘The Girl on the Train,’ ‘Beautiful Mystery,’ ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ ‘The Pecan Man,’ ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns,’ ‘The Shack,’ ‘The Aviator’s Wife,’ and ‘Sharp Objects.’ For April the book will be ‘The Nightengale’ and May will feature an open book forum, reader’s choice.”
Some members download the books; others borrow them through the library’s inter-library loan program. Members take turns suggesting titles and bringing refreshments.
“Three things especially valued by club members are reading books that perhaps one would not have chosen, sharing insights, and great conversations,” Wetta said. “And members agree that while an occasional book may be disappointing, the refreshments and conversation never are.”
New members and drop-ins always are welcome. Anyone interested in joining the group is encouraged to stop by the library at 1 p.m. the first Thursday of any month and observe the meeting and discussion. For more information about ordering books, Peabody Township Librarian Rodger Charles is available during regular library hours.