After a month-long hiatus, the Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre (LCSC) Book Club is back in business.
The Book Clubs’s first meeting of the year was on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the LCSC community gallery. Each month the club members read a new book, and the book for February is Night Circus by American fantasy writer Erin Morgenstern.
“We started it as a community engagement initiative just as a way to bring the community of Lloydminster together and create an enjoyable environment for people who have a passion for reading,” said LCSC manager Shawna Maurice.
The LCSC has been hosting the book club since last spring. Maurice says they try to choose books that can engage the group in discussion.
“We pick them based on group preference. We do a vote but we try and focus them on issues that are current in the community or that can be related back to the museum,” she said.
“We did World War Z last month. That was a good one and definitely we were able to tie that into (world) politics.”
Maurice says the meetings are casual and “low-key,” without any particular structure. It’s also a chance for people to make new friends in the community.
“There’s not really a set of questions. We just sit down and say our opinion of the book and then we pick off each other and go from there,” she said. “How it’s relevant to anything else going on, looking at sub-themes and motives. We just let the discussion flow and see where it takes us.”
Maurice says that facilitating and encouraging these types of discussions is important at a time when the Internet has taken the place of many of these forums.
“We want the community to come together and have these face-to-face dialogues. And as we move into the technological age ... we lose that human connection,” Maurice said. “So, the book club’s a way for people who still have that passion for dialogue – to get together and talk about the things that they’re reading or seeing in the news. Not just through a computer or through a phone.”