Reader's Forum, Reader's Advisory and the pleasure of reading.
A couple of my patrons have been friends since they were in Elementary school. They love to read, walk and talk together and wanted to belong to a group of people that also enjoy reading, thus began the Reader's Forum –An Adult Book Discussion Group, at the New Oxford Area Library. There are currently eight members and we read a variety of genres, the term for any category of literature. We meet on the Second Thursday of the month at 9:00AM. The meeting begins with the biography of the author and I am constantly amazed at what they did with their lives before they began to write stories or books. Do they have notebooks with ideas or just watch the world around them and the people they meet? Then we discuss the book we read and then share comments about the other books we are reading. Please register and join us. Both print and audio books of the chosen titles are available to borrow from the Library.
The following is a list of titles chosen by the members of this group:
June 9, 2011 Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand; July 14, 2011 Widow of the South by Robert Hicks; August 11, 2011 The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve; September 8, 2011 Marley and Me by John Grogan.
There are some great resources that help us to answer the question: Who else writes like _________? Visit the database Gale Books and Authors on the Adams County Library System website. Once you have entered your library barcode, search by Fiction or Nonfiction and Who, What, Where and When for a title you may like to read. You can look at the New York Times Best Seller list at the library or ask a friend or your librarian for a suggestion.
I also use www.fantasticficton.co.uk. It has Biographies and Booklists as well as New Authors, New Books and series information. You will also find some bookmarks in different genres with suggested authors to help you continue your adventure in reading.
I read Historical Fiction, some Non-fiction as well as Mystery and Fantasy novels. I read to escape and to relax, to experience a different time and place or different type of people. I do enjoy "traveling" through my books. One of my favorite books is, The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt, about a fire in an opera house in Venice, history and a mystery not quite solved. One of my favorite characters is Odd Thomas in the Dean Koontz series. I consider it a challenge to introduce patrons to a new author or to enjoy reading more if they are not already an avid reader.
The New Oxford Area Library is a branch of the Adams County Library System. The Library is located at 122 N. Peter Street. Library hours are: Mon. & Thurs. 2PM – 8PM, Tues., Wed., and Fri. 11AM – 5PM and Sat. 10AM – 4PM. The library is closed on Sunday.