The Adams County Library System provides monthly book discussion groups for ages 6 through adult. Book clubs are currently virtual via Zoom, making it convenient to join any group across the county. You can attend as many as you would like! Registration is available on the events calendar at adamslibrary.org and copies of the featured books are available for check out.

     Book clubs can serve many purposes. They lead one to look deeper into the themes, characters and the plot of a book. Hearing the viewpoints of others can cause a reconsideration of a character’s actions. They can sharpen the mind and expose one to new books.  And, perhaps most importantly during this time of social isolation, it gives a safe way to connect meaningfully with other people.

           Our February book discussions include a sampling of fiction, nonfiction and even a play:
 
     If you like to read mysteries featuring an amateur sleuth, typically set in a small town, Cozy Reads may be the answer for you. Meeting the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., they will discuss “Homicide in Hardcover” by Kate Carlisle on February 9.  If eager for a more intense mystery, the Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library will cover “The Hangman’s Daughter” by Oliver Potzsch on February 23 at 7 p.m. Email sallyc@adamslibrary.org if interested in attending.

     If looking for a contemporary novel with no murders involved, the Shelf Indulgence Book Club delve into “The Authenticity Project” by Clare Pooley on February 18 at 6:30 p.m.  A lonely man wonders what would happen if people revealed their true feelings and thoughts. He writes his in a notebook and leaves it for a stranger to read, encouraging that person to do the same.
 
     If nonfiction appeals, join the Littlestown Library book club at noon on February 16 to discuss “Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History” by Keith O’Brien.

     Ready to brush up on the classics? The Too Cool for School February title is the play “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. Members join this Littlestown Library Facebook Group and post comments on the book for other members to read and reply to throughout the month.

     Finally, for a book smorgasbord attend “Wine About It: Book Talk for Book Lovers” at 6:00 p.m. on February 24. You’re invited to have your favorite adult beverage (or not!) and meet with other readers to talk all things books.

     And, don’t forget about the kids. First and second graders will chat about the classic “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl on February 3 at 3:30 p.m. Third and fourth graders escape to “Nim’s Island” by Wendy Orr on February 10 at 3:30 p.m. Fifth and sixth graders reflect on “A Blind Guide to Stinkville” by Beth Vrabel on February 17 at 3:30 p.m. Seventh and eighth graders ponder “Evil Genius” by Catherine Jinks on February 24 at 3:30 p.m. And ninth through twelfth graders dive into the sci-fi/romance “The Adoration of Jenna Fox” on February 19 at 3:00 p.m.

     Happy reading!

 Submitted by Barbara Buckley, Branch Manager of the Harbaugh-Thomas Library