Join The Afterthoughts, Springville Road Library’s Nonfiction Book Club

by Kelly Laney, Adult Services Librarian, Springville Road Regional Branch Library

Do you sometimes read nonfiction and think, Wow, I’d love to talk to someone about this topic? The Springville Road Library has a program just for you. The Afterthoughts Book Group chooses a different topic every month, and then everyone in the group reads one or more books or articles on that subject. We get together on the third Tuesday of every month at 2:00 p.m. to share what we’ve read and then branch out and talk about the subject in general. Most of the time you’ll be interested enough in hearing about another book to want to read it, too. Past topics have included "New Technologies," "Royalty," "Biographies," "Espionage and Spies," "Animal Stories," "Solar System and UFOs," and "Gangsters, Molls, and Thugs."

Our topic for June’s meeting is "History of Civilization through Architecture and Archaeology," so any book dealing with any human civilization that discusses buildings or archaeological digs counts. So far we have someone doing Colonial Williamsburg, ancient Egypt, life in the Middle Ages, and Celtic civilization. You can be sure there will be a lively discussion as we hear about the way different people lived and make comparisons.

If you like book clubs but prefer one that meets at night, check out The Reading Roadies. This is a (mostly) fiction book club that meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. June’s selection is Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. We try to pick books we would not normally select in order to stretch our reading horizons. This year we are reading books by Jodi Picoult, Gustave Flaubert, Michael Crichton, Ian McEwan, Joanne Harris, and Catriona McPherson.

Please call Kelly Laney at the Springville Road Library at 205-226-4083 for more information. Reading Roadies will meet next on June 19 at 6:30 p.m.; The Afterthoughts will meet on June 20 at 2:00 p.m. Visit the BPL event calendar for upcoming Springville Road Library programs.