The next meeting will be Thursday, September 26 at Lohstroh Family Farm at 7:00 p.m. The farm is located at 15632 St. Rt. 56 SE. The group can park in the regular parking out front of the main sales building and will be directed by a sign where to go for the meeting. The book to be discussed is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman. A choice of pumpkin bread, sugar cookies, and apple cider or flavored milks will be provided. Members may opt to purchase cider slushies and other items on their own.

Some recent notables about previous meetings include:

So far in 2019 the book club has met at Deb’s Country Diner, the library, the United Church, Pleasant Township Hall, and the historical home of library staff member Angela McFarland, Mt. Sterling Community Center, and Two Hands Cafe. If you or your business would like to offer a space for the book club to meet, please contact Melissa at the Mt. Sterling Public Library on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

The ‘Around Town’ Book Club had their annual December meeting on Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting/party was held at the Deercreek Lodge in front of the roaring fireplace. Members enjoyed a discussion over the Christmas themed book of the month; A Cherry Cola Christmas, by Ashton Lee. Each member brought a wrapped favorite, pre-read book for the book exchange which was made into a game. This is a fun part of the night we added last year. Refreshments were served, and some members took advantage of dining at the restaurant prior to the beginning of the meeting. A fun game of Christmas book trivia was played. This is a co-ed book club open from older teens and up. If you have never attended a meeting, please join us.  This is a fun group of people with a love of reading and socializing. There are never any fees, and you do not have to come every single month. Come out and make new friends or just partake in the monthly shenanigans of a fun reading group.

Some of the places we have met “around town” also include the Mad Hatter, Colburn Wealth Management, Two Hands Coffee, Dairy Freeze, Thirsty Goat, Ben & Joy’s, Larry’s Pizza, Mt. Sterling Community Museum, Mt. Sterling Public Library, Mt. Sterling Community Center, The United Church, Sweet Bessie’s, Pleasant Township Hall, Brickhouse Cafe, Der Dutchman in Plain City, the home of Grif & Peggy Vincent, and the historical home of Steve Chambers (Museum director) and Angela McFarland, assistant librarian.  We have also traveled to the AMC Movie Theater in Grove City together on our book club night. If you would like to host a book club meeting at your venue or home, please contact Melissa Reece at the library, or leave a message for her with your contact information. The library’s number is 740-869-2430.

The “Around Town” Book Club has been meeting for over eight years now, on the last Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. With the exception of combining our November and December meetings held on the first Thursday in December, and occasionally the October meeting is held a week early because we plan it around the Deer Creek Halloween time campout, every meeting is the LAST Thursday of each month.  Our club meets at a different location each month “around town”, hence the name.  We are a diverse group of varying ages and backgrounds, though we have several educators in our group. We are a non-genre specific and co-ed group of adult readers, yet we tend to have mostly women in attendance, and generally read more adult fiction than any other genre.  We would love to have more men and women, even teens, join us. Meetings that are held at restaurants allow members to order from the menus on their own.  Meetings held at non-food locations will have a variety of refreshments served.  Every month a prize is won, usually from a “reading related challenge” of sorts, or by a type of name or number drawing.  There are no membership dues or fees.  Readers are encouraged to volunteer to host, or contribute their own reviews of different books if they so desire.  We encourage our members to read “outside the box” and explore other styles of reading and authors than they may otherwise on their own, but it is never a requirement.  Our group enjoys fun times with laughter sprinkled throughout the book discussions.  We have played many reading games, and even taken literature related quizzes for fun.  Prizes are won from these challenges every month. We encourage you to join us!