Have you ever been so engrossed in a book that it became real to you? Or so fed up with a book that you threw it across the room? Having an emotional reaction to a book can make us want to talk to someone about what we’ve read.

Unfortunately, more and more of us are skimming what’s on our phone in place of something called “deep reading” – that is, becoming utterly absorbed in a good book. However, research shows that deep reading can make us all happier and smarter.

Luckily, OverDrive audiobooks are a great option for people on the go. Your drive across town will get you through chapters of a book you’ve been wanting to read, and the book will transport you out of the torture of rush hour traffic!

The library has several book clubs that meet monthly and allow people a chance to dive deep into a text, share their insights and reactions, and connect with others. If you’d like a paper copy of the book, just ask! The library has extra copies of all our book club books for people to borrow or keep.

Here are the book clubs meeting at the library in the next month:

Mysteries & More talks suspects, motives, and alibis. Interested in investigating some cryptic crimes with other bloodhound bookworms? Led by Pam Wood. At their next meeting, they’ll discuss The Professor by Robert Bailey. (April 17, 1pm, Westbank)

Education Conversations focuses on topics in education, with an emphasis on the psychology that should inform how we approach K-12 education. Facilitated by Antonio Buehler. At their next meeting, they’ll discuss The Creativity Challenge by Kyung-Hee Kim. (April 25, 6pm, Laura’s)

Women in Print reads and discusses books focusing on women’s perspectives of the world. Led by Camille Hoff. At their next meeting, they’ll discuss Circe by Madeline Miller. (April 27, 3pm, Laura’s)

BookTalk reads and discusses literary fiction, with an occasional non-fiction book thrown in. In addition, each year the group reads a classic and a book by a Texas author. Led by Jane Dunham. At their next meeting, they’ll discuss The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish. (April 30, 1pm, Westbank)

Young Adult Book Club is a teen-facilitated YA book club for fans of Young Adult literature. (Please note, some books contain mature content.) At their next meeting, they’ll discuss The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. (May 2, 4:45pm, Laura’s)

Daytime Book Group reads both fiction and nonfiction, discussing books that explore life from many angles – from the author’s viewpoint, from the characters’ experiences, and from the group members’ personal perspectives. Members usually meet after the book discussion at a nearby restaurant for social talk and visiting. Led by Jo Virgil. At their next meeting, they’ll discuss Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine  by Gail Honeyman. (May 5, 4pm, Laura’s)

Shakespeare Out Loud meets monthly to explore the genius of The Bard and to understand Shakespeare’s plays on a level that most readers have never experienced. Led by Landon Schultz. At their next meeting, they’ll be discussing A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (May 12, 4pm, Laura’s)

For more information about deep reading, take a look at this article.

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