BPL Book Club is thriving

Staff Writer

Libraries are always trying to initiate new and innovative ways to bring more people into the library to check out books, movies, graphic novels and eBooks. Priscilla Ivy, resource librarian, started the Romance Reading Challenge in February.
Ivy got the idea to sponsor the Romance Reading Challenge from Louisa Whitfield - Smith, Library Consultant of the Mississippi Library Commission.
"She and I were discussing the wide variety of books available," Ivy said. "But so many people never venture outside of a certain genre that they are familiar with. She thought maybe we should offer readers a challenge to see what is out there. If you always drink from the same well, it dries up eventually."
Ivy said she thought it would be a great way to coax people to read something new to them.
"The idea was to have a book that was totally out of the box from what most people think romance novels are," Ivy said. "The book we started with in February was a historical romance called 'An Extraordinary Union."

The book club has continued to meet each month, discuss the book chosen for the month and find out what the book for the next month would be.
"An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones, was the book read during the month of October.
"It turned out this was the perfect book for October," Ivy said. "I thought it would be a love story, but it turned dark very quickly."
This is Jones second book, her first "Leaving Atlanta." centered on the Atlanta child murders that took place in the late 1070s and 80s. When her book was published, Wayne Williams had not been arrested.

"I really enjoyed reading this book," Debourah Wray said. "It grabbed my attention and I just could not put it down."
Wray said her favorite character was Celestial. She has it going on. She and her husband Roy, are so very different from each other.
"They have a very complicated relationship." Kim Miller said. "I started the book liking Roy the most. But Celestial became more likable as the story progressed."
The book carries a secret in its pages that is vital to the story, Ivy said family secrets are always the ones that should have never been allowed to continue for many years.
The group carried on its round table discussion of "An American Marriage" for an hour.
"This group is open to anyone who loves to read," Ivy said. "We would love to have some men join us and give their perspective. You can pick up a copy of 'Educated' by Tara Westover, at the library to read."

The next meeting of the Book Club is Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 3:15 p.m. at the Bryan Public Library.
For more information call 494-4872,