What brings community together? Just ask the South Routt County Book Club and they will say “BOOKS!”
I became familiar with this group of readers when I met one of it’s members at the Bud Werner Memorial Library Genealogy Club. Here is what Vanessa has to say about bringing individuals together through reading~
“The backgrounds of our participants is so varied and interesting. There are ranch wives who have lived here for generations, several who have lived all over the world, who worked for the CIA in Paris, another has lived in South Korea, Netherlands, Argentina etc. following her husband’s work. Many are retired, or are active in community non-profits, and they range from librarians to a psychologist to women who have never worked outside the home. Those who do work include a hair stylist who participated with her 16 year old daughter, a substitute teacher, and our current library manager.
Our age range as stated has been between 16 and 80 something! Our youngest started with her Mom and is now a senior in college. We manage somehow to include all age ranges in our choices. Book themes can be universal and appeal to every age.
We have been going since 2008 when we started with 6 members and now have twenty. I remember holding my youngest grandaughter who was 3 weeks old at one meeting as I was babysitting for my son and daughter-in-law.
We select themes and book titles at our Jan. meeting and meet every other month with 3 selections on the current theme. Some themes have been: War, Second Chances, Life’s Situations, Classics, Famous People, Hemingway, Memoirs, etc. Everyone goes around and throws out titles and then we group them into a theme and try to have a contrast.
Our meeting places vary among our members. Some for whatever reason will host at one of our libraries, however, most are at private homes. We have a social period and food before we discuss the current books-many times the theme or books themselves will suggest the menu. We incorporate movies, pictures, and other items at our meetings. One memorable one was when we read Wild by (forget the author’s name!) and a member who had walked the Appalachian Trail shared that experience with us.
The small (and I mean small) towns in the south part of Routt County are financially depressed yet surrounded by million dollar mansions and a small rural community around Stagecoach Lake. The older residents are hardy, conservative, and clannish but community spirited with colorful people.There is also a large group who have moved here for the wonderful ski town atmosphere and for second homes and tend to be more liberal and richer. Makes for an interesting clash of values though all seem to come together when needed.”
Thank you Vanessa for sharing this wealth of information about your book club and how it has brought a diverse group of people with varied interests and backgrounds together!
If you have never been a member of a book club before, put it on your list of things to do in the New Year!
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