It has been my absolute pleasure and honor, as Adult Services Librarian, to host the Main Street Book Club for the past 2 1/2 years. Our meetings are always interesting and full of wonderful insights into a variety of literature. (Plus, there’s usually some really great food at the end). If it were up to me, we’d meet every week. In fact, I enjoy our book club so much, that I asked our Director if I could perhaps try a second book club at the Library. We did a survey of library patrons in the months of October and November and discovered that people were indeed supportive of another book club, specifically one focusing on non-fiction.
So, it is with great excitement that we announce the addition of this new book club. We will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Our first meeting is scheduled for February 6th, when we’ll be discussing The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. This fascinating book explores two stories that take place side-by-side in Chicago in 1893: the World’s Fair and a series of disturbing disappearances. Larson very successfully highlights the differences between men whose sold end is to create and those whose object is to destroy. The juxtaposition between light and dark is ever-present throughout the book. It’s non-fiction, but it reads like fiction, because, as the Chicago Sun-Times put it, “Larson is a historian with a novelist’s soul.”
Have no fear, though! The addition of a second book club should in no way affect our current book club. The Main Street Book Club will continue to meet the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. to discuss a wide variety of books (our next book is Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo). You are absolutely encouraged to attend both!