The partnership between the New Haven Free Public Library and the Prospect Public Library began in late March and early April 2020 when the pandemic was a new experience for New Haven and the world at large. Wilson Branch Library Technical Assistant Arthur Volanth noticed that the New Haven Free Public Library was looking for new virtual programming opportunities, while also noting that the first library he worked at, the Prospect Public Library , did not have virtual adult programming at the time. Arthur realized that there was a unique opportunity to bring together extraordinary people in various parts of the state and reached out to facilitate the creation of the Joint Library Book Chat.
At the end of April 2020, the first common book virtual chat took place where participants discussedChristina baker kline A piece of the world. Not only did those who joined these early sessions have the opportunity to discuss the book, but they also had the opportunity to share new ways to overcome the challenges of everyday life during the pandemic and to connect during a time when it was very difficult. to do so safely in public spaces.
The book discussion continues each month with selections made by library staff and group participants. The group discusses a variety of adult and young adult fiction titles. These selections include books such as Delia Owen Where the crayfish sing, that of Angie Thomas The hate you give, and August wilson Fences. The group enjoys discussing works that explore the depth and complexity of the human experience. A regular attendee from New Haven noted, “The Joint Book Chat is an event I particularly look forward to attending each month and I enjoy both the reading and the camaraderie that has developed within the group. ”
Looking to join a group of sympathetic readers? Meetings are usually held virtually at 7:00 p.m. on the third or fourth Thursday of each month and are virtually accessible to anyone, no matter where they are. The common book cat is being read that of John Grisham Camino Island for the September 23 meeting and ZOOM information can be found here. For more information, contact Arthur at [email protected].
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