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Judy Taylor

According to Wikipedia: “A book discussion club is a group of people who meet to discuss a book or books that they have read and express their opinions, likes, dislikes, etc. It is more often called simply a book club, a term that is also used to describe a book sales club, which can cause confusion.

“Other frequently used terms to describe a book discussion club include reading group, book group, and book discussion group. Book discussion clubs may meet in private homes, libraries, bookstores, online forums, pubs, and in cafes or restaurants over meals or drinks.”

Just about anyone can start a book club. For a relatively easy place to start and get involved initially go to our website: lacrossecountylibrary.org/programs.asp and check upcoming selections for all of our Branch locations which normally meet as follows:

Holmen—third Tuesday of the month; Onalaska Afternoon—third Thursday of the month; Onalaska Evening—second Thursday of the month; West Salem evening—third Monday of the month, and West Salem Morning—second Wednesday of the month.

Here are some of the upcoming titles for January:

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout; El Paso by Winston Groom; Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott, and Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance

Copies of Book Club selections are available through the library in multiple formats including regular print, large print, audio and eBook. For reviews on books please visit amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com

Book groups are a great way to appreciate books and socialize at the same time. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!

Five Reasons You Should Join a Book Club

1. You meet interesting people.

2. You read things that you wouldn’t otherwise read.

3. Some books need to be discussed.

4. You eat great food.

5. Sometimes it’s fun just to chat.

If you’re looking for a book club to join, check with your library. Libraries often provide meeting space for book clubs and many administer their own book discussion groups. You may also enjoy reading books about Book Clubs!

Last Chance Book Club by bestselling author Hope Ramsay.

Good books lately: the one-stop resource for book groups and other greedy readers by Ellen Moore and Kira Stevens.

The kids’ book club book: reading ideas, recipes, activities, and smart tips for organizing terrific kids’ book clubs/Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp.

Thinking of starting your own book club? Learn how to get started and find tips about structuring your meetings, facilitating a great discussion link, and finding the right books.

Stop into a La Crosse County Library location today and make us your “one-stop resource” for whichever chapter is next on your list!

Judy Taylor is a staff librarian at the Holmen Area Library.

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