The library is getting a great response to our Quasquicentennial (125th anniversary) Book Club. Readers of all ages are invited to join the Fourth Street Book Club and take the challenge to read 125 books from Jan. 1 through Dec. 15.
Individuals, families, book clubs and other groups have embraced this challenge, reporting on an amazing diversity of books read to date. One family even reached its 125 book goal before the end of February — they are dedicated readers. Of course, with January and February’s frequent winter storms, people seemed to be finding lots of time to read.
As might be expected, many readers are listing books by bestselling authors such as James Patterson, John Grisham, Gillian Flynn, Joyce Maynard, Lisa Gardner and Tom Clancy. Mystery and thriller lovers are enjoying some old and new favorites including John Sandford, Lisa Jackson, Jim Kelly, Karen Rose, Lisa Scottoline, C. J. Box, Steve Hamilton, Joan Hess, M.C. Beaton, Elizabeth Gunn, Clive Cussler and Lee Child.
Some readers are being armchair travelers, journeying through foreign lands and history this winter. Several have enjoyed “Lady Almina and the Real Downtown Abbey,” the true story of the popular Masterpiece Theater series. Some have journeyed to Ireland with the popular “Fingal O’Reilly: Irish Doctor” series. Others have explored Asian culture with the books of Amy Tan and “The Silk Road.” Two World War II era nonfiction works, the basis for a current and a soon to be released movie, have been very popular: Robert Edsel’s “The Monuments Men” and Laura Hillenbrand’s enduring bestseller “Unbroken.”
Teen readers have also joined our 125 Book Club. They are enjoying the popular series by Veronica Roth (“Divergent”), Cami Garcia (“Beautiful Creatures”) and Cassandra Clare (“Mortal Instruments’). Other books also catching teens’ attention include titles by Laurie Halse Anderson, Tim Green, Carl Hiaasen, Joan Bauer, Melody Carlson, D. J. MacHale, Erin Hunter and Anthony Horowitz. Remember that parents and older siblings can also count books they read to younger children on their reading club logs. Those interested can join the library’s book club in person or online at www.cllibrary.org anytime throughout the year up to December 15.
Don’t forget a special Quasquicentennial event coming up soon: storyteller Al Batt will perform at the library on Monday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. Batt’s audiences love his humorous stories of rural life. All are invited to this special National Library Week program sponsored by the Friends of the Library.