Looking for adults to join evening book club—September 16, 2011
It’s Fall. You can watch the days get shorter. You can count the number of Saturdays left in football season (and there are never enough to satisfy your fix) and you find yourself getting ready for the cold blasts of air and freezing temperatures and ice and snow and BRRR.
Thankfully, the Hastings Public Library is looking out for you. And by “you” I mean adults. If you didn’t notice, the public library had a summer reading program for adults over the warm months. It was a brilliant success. We had tons of readers and a bunch of great prizes and everyone who participated had a great time. But once August was over, there was nothing left to do. All the prizes were gone and the kids had to get ready for school and your recreational reading habits took a back seat to work, school, football parties and the other important things that go on in September. Have no fear, the Library can fix it.
Starting in early October, the Public Library will begin hosting an evening book club. The name is still a work in progress, but I intend for this to be a book club like you’ve never experienced. We will read a little of everything, from Teen thriller, to Christian fiction, to trashy romance novel, to in-depth nonfiction. It will be a book club on many different features. We will bring guest speakers and we might make a field trip to local businesses and a whole bunch of other things. But we need you to help figure it out. There will be an informational meeting where we can see if anyone is interested and what kinds of books we want to start reading first and what day of the week would be best on Wednesday, September 28th. That’s the day before Pub Quiz (and if you don’t know what Pub Quiz is, please read the next part of the article).
One of the newer events the library has been putting on in Hastings is the Pub Quiz. It started last September at Murphy’s, where once a month, trivia hounds can come complete for a prize while in the comfort of a warm tavern. It has been very successful. So much so, that the library has started a second Pub Quiz in the middle of the month at HK Sports Bar and Grill. Now, twice a month at 8:30 p.m. (on the second Wednesday at HK Sports Bar and the last Thursday at Murphy’s) you can get a trivia fix and win a prize. And what’s more, HK Sports Bar and Grill will not only donate the prize at the end of the night, but they are also donating 10% of sales from the Pub Quiz players to the “Renew our Library” fundraising campaign. Play trivia, win big, and help build a new Library. What a brilliant way to help out.
Finally, what good is a library in Fall if we can’t offer you something amazing to do with your hands? Using a recently purchased book called The Repurposed Library: 33 craft projects that give old books new life and a basement full of old books from donations that can’t be sold and bound magazines, we will offer three craft afternoons that let you ‘artfully repurpose’ an old book into a mobile, a shelf, a luminary, a chandelier, an ebook holder, and a whole lot more. The three days will be October 1st, October 22nd, and November 12th. There is no cost to participate, but we are asking participants to make two crafts that afternoon: One to take home, and one to be sold in the Friend’s Bookshop with proceeds going to the Renew our Library campaign. For more information, call the library at 402-461-2346 or email me directly.