“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” That quote was said by Napoleon Bonaparte and C.S. Lewis once said, “We read to know we are not alone.”In order to promote reading and provide more opportunities for people from Daleville, Fort Rucker and surrounding areas to come together in a casual, friendly setting, Daleville Public Library wants to spread the word about its adult book club. Library officials hope to grow its club participation numbers and possibly expand the club to a second session in the evenings so day workers can participate.“Big Stone Gap” by author Adriana Trigian is the current Book Club selection being enjoyed by about a dozen members. It’s the 17th selection for the club in its nearly two-year history. On average, eight people come to the fellowships.“I don’t think a lot of people read after high school. They get busy and stop reading. It’s a good way to continue to learn,” said Assistant Library Director Rachel Horne. “You get to learn about other people, other cultures.”Director Kathryn Brown said it’s common for everyone, at some point, to not like a particular book and not have an interest in reading it and that’s okay. Members aren’t “required” to read the books, but they can still participate in the fellowship and discussion and that alone can enrich their lives and increase a love for reading various genres.“You begin to learn that you do like new authors and that you’ve been missing these new authors and wonder where have they been all my (their) life. You will begin to like new genres,” said Brown, adding that people love the social aspect of the book club too.“We tell people ‘you don’t have to like the book, it’s just fun to talk about it’ and while they might not like the book somebody else might,” Horne said. “Our book club is diverse with different ages—16 to past 68—and different races. It’s kind of fun, seeing and hearing someone else’s interpretation of a book, and begin to understand why they did or didn’t like it. It just blows me away to see/hear the different perspectives.”The club offers a simple, inexpensive form of entertainment and fulfilling social interactment, Brown said, adding that all books are gotten through the library, so there is really no cost. Plus, she said, light food fare and drinks are provided.The group meets at the library the third Friday of every month at 2 p.m. Anybody can join and those wishing to begin participation in February can simply go by the library to pick up the book beforehand, then come for the discussion fellowship on Feb. 19. The next book selection will be announced at that time.Sessions usually last about an hour. If enough interest is shown for an evening session, the directors said they will consider opening a club up for nighttime so daytime workers can participate as well. No library card is required and people outside of Daleville are welcome to attend, Brown said.
The book club group meets at the library the third Friday of every month at 2 p.m.
You begin to learn that you do like new authors and that you’ve been missing these new authors and wonder where have they been all my (their) life. You will begin to like new genres.” —Director Kathryn Brown