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Book club a novel idea for libraries

Book club a novel idea for libraries Turn over a new page this year by joining one of Canterbury-Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centres’ popular monthly Book Club. No Book club a novel idea for libraries Turn over a new page this year by joining one of Canterbury-Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centres’ popular monthly Book Club. News Columns; News and Updates; Media Releases
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Turn over a new page this year by joining one of Canterbury-Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centres’ popular monthly Book Club.

Mayor Khal Asfour said more than 350 people have attended Book Club in just six months, making it one of the most popular services offered at Council’s Library and Knowledge Centres.

“It has become so popular that we have had to introduce new sessions just to meet the growing demand,” he said.

“What we’ve seen is residents are switching off the technology and taking time out from their busy lives, for a moment for themselves.

“Opening a book, flicking over each page and escaping into the novel, can be quite a satisfying and enriching experience.”

Diane Chapman, who joined the Chester Hill Book Club, said you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, unless you give it a real go.

“I joined because even though I read a lot, I saw that I tended to stick to the same genres, so this was a way to try different books I probably would have never thought about picking up,” she said.

For Dolores King, joining Book Club was about socialising and sharing different perspectives.

“I’ve met a lot of different people from different backgrounds, who are all lovely and have the same interest in sharing their opinions,” she said.

“Everyone is open-minded, respectful – even when we don’t agree – and we all love books.”

Book Clubs is one of the many programs offered at Council’s nine Library and Knowledge Centres which, last year, attracted 1,434,735 people, who borrowed 958,166 resources.

Other services our Library and Knowledge Centres provided include:

  • Book a librarian;
  • Movie Clubs;
  • Tech Wise Buddies;
  • Baby Rhyme Time;
  • Pre-school Story Times;
  • Help with Reading;
  • Play to Learn sessions;
  • Craft groups;
  • Discover your Family Tree workshops
  • Local and Family History Drop-in sessions
  • English language classes; and
  • Author Talks.

Book Clubs meets monthly to discuss pre-selected books. For more information, visit your local Library and Knowledge Centre, or contact it at libraries@cbcity.nsw.gov.au 


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