How many times have you read a book you loved and wished that you had someone to talk with about the characters, the plot, and the author’s style of writing? Consider joining one of the three book clubs for adults that meet monthly at the Peters Township Public Library. Members select the books they will read at an annual planning meeting, and the library borrows copies of the books for club participants. Discussions are led by the person who recommends the book to the club.
The Evening Book Club for Adults meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. This club primarily reads fiction by popular female authors. Upcoming selections include Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio, The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, and The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood. Contact Margaret Deitzer, the club facilitator, to join the club or for more information at 724.941.9430 ext. 3270.
The Afternoon Book Club for Adults meets the third Wednesday of the month from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. This club reads a variety of genres including the classics, non-fiction, history and popular new releases. Upcoming selections include The Power and The Glory by Graham Greene, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, and War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Contact Margaret Deitzer, the club facilitator, to join the club or for more information at 724.941.9430 ext. 3270.
The Mystery Book Club for Adults meets the last Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The members have chosen to read The Ex by Alafair Burke, Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben, and The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis in the coming months. Several participants can borrow a Kindle Fire from the library with a copy of the book downloaded and ready to read. Contact Peter Stamoolis, the club facilitator, to join the club or for more information at 724.941.9430 ext. 5767.
These Civic and Social Literacy programs are offered by the library as part of the Pennsylvania Library Association’s statewide initiative, PA Forward, which fosters the idea that libraries can help citizens participate in and contribute to their communities. Good readers make good citizens and research shows that regular readers are more than twice as likely as non-readers to volunteer or to do community or charity work.  Libraries cultivate achievement, productivity, and connectedness.
Peters Township Public Library is participating in the PA Forward Star Library Program as part of the Pennsylvania Library Association’s 21st Century Literacies Initiative, PA Forward, and received a Bronze Level Award in January 2017. This statewide initiative places the spotlight on Pennsylvania libraries and the important role our libraries have in the lives of citizens.
 National Endowment for the Arts, “To Read or Not To Read: A Question on National Consequence”, November 2007, https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/ToRead.pdf