Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fifty Book Challenge Group to Meet

Reading fifty books in fifty-two weeks may seem daunting, but if you share the goal with a supportive group, it can be a lot of fun. Community members are invited to come to the next meeting of the 50 Book Challenge, which is led, prodded and encouraged by Reference Librarian Karen Vaias. The meeting, which will include snacks, a free book, reading logs and more, will take place on Saturday, April 30 at 3:00 pm in the library’s Community Room. There, ambitious readers will trade notes on their progress and get book recommendations as well as instructions on how to set up their own online reading logs and post reviews to the library’s “Book News and More” blog. New members are welcome at any time during the year and will be invited to additional events in the coming months.

“The goal of the program is to provide support for those readers who wish to challenge themselves,” said Ms. Vaias. “We also hope to provide a forum for readers who would like the opportunity to discuss books with others in a less formal environment than the traditional book group. One reader told us that through the discussion she discovered new books in Spanish and English that she really enjoyed, while several challenge participants found Young Adult literature to be very appealing, and others enjoyed listening to recorded books (for the narrators as much as for the stories.)”

The fifty books in fifty weeks are suggested, not required, for participation in the program. Each reader will choose which reading “counts” as part of the total. There are no limitations as to which formats can be read: downloaded books, audio books, e-books and graphic books are all acceptable.

There is no charge to attend the on-going programs, but advance sign-up is requested. Sign up online at and follow the link under Adult Programs, or by phone at 908-766-0118. If you are unable to attend the April meeting, but would like to enroll in the 50 Book Challenge, contact Karen Vaias at or (908-766-0118).

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