New chapter

Rossland Public Library’s book club is taking a more open approach to selecting books.

Rossland Public Library’s book club is opening a new chapter this year by taking a more open approach to selecting books using the B.C. library book club service and a relaxed meeting style.

After a survey last year showed people wanted a more open book club, the library chose to go with a new format.

“We ran last year until the summer break,” said book club coordinator and library director Lauren Roach. “We wanted to get more people involved, even if it’s only on a drop-in basis, or for a particular book.”

“It’s nice to be able to just show up, without having to be invited,” said Roach, who has tried a variety of book clubs before. “This appeals to all different types of readers.”

The new approach saw members at the September meeting choosing nine titles from the library’s selection. Members get the books on loan through the library, without having to purchase them. Each month the selected book is read and reviewed.

“I read like crazy, but always hated directed feedback. Our discussions are pretty free-flowing,” said Roach, who usually gets things started. “When people say they loved it or hated it, the discussions get really interesting.”

Resource sharing librarian Margaret Smith is coordinating getting the books in for the club. The October read is Medicine Walk by Robert Wagamese. His novel, Indian Horse, was a finalist in Canada Reads 2013. Medicine Walk is the story of Korean War vet Eldon Starlight, estranged from his teenage son, Franklin. Eldon is dying and seeks out  Franklin to take him to the mountains where he can be buried in the Ojibwa warrior way.

The library book club meets the last Wednesday of the month at the library from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.. However, the October 29 meeting will start at 6 p.m. so the group can attend the second Rossland Reads event starting at 7 p.m. at the art gallery, where citizens will vote on the book all Rosslanders should read.

The book club atmosphere is relaxed, with refreshments supplied. For more information on the books contact the library at (250) 362-7611, visit their Facebook page or email Lauren Roach at lauren@koopmans.ca.

 

Just Posted

Nine fires burning in West Kootenay

All fires considered to be lightning caused.

West Kootenay afternoon storms spark fires

Lots of thunder and lightning, and little rain, as system moves through region

PLACE NAMES: Rossland neighbourhoods, Part 1

Early Rossland townsite built on top of mining claims

Webster students find missing man

Man reported missing from his Warfield home Wednesday night

Getting to know you better: Rossland kids spend day with nature

Third annual bio-blitz brings kids more environmental awareness

VIDEO: Huge crowds gather in downtown Toronto for Raptors parade

Mayor John Tory declares it ‘We The North Day’ after team’s historic NBA title win

Feds announce $50M strategy to fight dementia

Emphasis is on prevention and and supporting caregivers

Federal Liberals’ plan to help first-time homebuyers to kick in weeks before election

Ottawa to pick up 5% of a mortgage on existing homes for households that earn under $120,000 a year

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Most Read