Literacy Day is Jan. 27, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore books for the rest of the year. If you don’t know where to start, two book clubs based of of the Lethbridge Public Library downtown branch and Lethbridge Public Library Crossings Branch on the west side are happy to point you in the right direction.
“We’re all readers, so reading a book a month isn’t a problem,” said Sheila Braund, a long standing member of the Definitely Not Plato reading group. For the past dozen years, the group has met on the fourth Monday of every month in the Lethbridge Public Library community meeting room to discuss their favourite books. The committee meets in June to determine the books they will be reading in the next year. All of the members get to submit their favourites, both new and classic releases though the library must ensure they have enough copies of the book for everyone to read.
”We don‘t read a lot of pop fiction like Danielle Steele, but we read a lot of award winning books,” she emphasized.
This month they are reading Calgary based author Betty Jane Hegerat’s latest creative non-fiction story “The Boy.” Hegerat has released several others including “Delivery,” which was shortlisted for the 2010 Alberta Literary Awards George Bugnet prize
She will be coming down to Lethbridge to speak with the group when they meet this Wednesday, Jan. 25, though this is a special event.
“We don’t do this very often because we don’t have any money for it, but we will for local or southern Alberta authors,” Braund continued, noting Hegerat is the mother of one of the librarians, so she was a perfect fit for the event.
Hegarat was part of the World On The Street Festival this past summer.
Braund is excited about this event and introducing the book to the group members.
“I read the book in three days, I couldn‘t put it down,” she enthused. She is excited she was able to recommend it to the group.
The group also video conferences with members of the club living in rural areas, who are connected to the Chinook Arch library system. They can log in at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month at their closest library to join the discussion, though she doesn’t know the exact number who do.