We are a non-genre specific book club, meaning we read more than just one type of story. We mostly read fiction, but that could include mysteries, historical fiction, Christian, romance, science fiction, etc. We also read some memoirs, biographies, and other versions of non fiction.

The next meeting was scheduled for  Thursday, March 26 at the Mad Hatter café. Unfortunately, it will have to be rescheduled to a date yet to be determined due to the COVID19 pandemic. Look for updates on our webpage and social media outlets. Our next book discussion will still be on the book Where the Crawdads Sing.

Our February’s meeting was held at the historical home of assistant librarian Angela McFarland at 231 Yankeetown St., Mt. Sterling, OH. We welcomed a  newcomer once again to the group!  February is our traditional “Blind Date with a Book” theme due to the National Love Your Library Month, Love Your Library Day, and the Valentines Day holidays in the month. Angela made beverages to go with some of the locations that the stories took us and a great discussion was had with refreshments on the side.
Our scheduled meetings for the first half of the year will be as follows:
January – Mt. Sterling Community Center
February – The historical home of Angela McFarland, Assistant Librarian
March – The Mad Hatter
April – Mt. Sterling Eyecare office
May – Hammertime Pub
June – TBD
July – TBD
August – TBD
September – Lohstroh Family Farm
October – Vincent campsite at Deer Creek Campgrounds
November – No meeting
December – Deer Creek Lodge (First Thursday, not last Thursday as rest of year)

Our Christmas meeting/party was great fun. We have recently added a new member each of the past 3 months, and they have continued to attend. Welcome and thank you all for joining us! Our current active membership is 18, but we never have everyone at a meeting at the same time!

Some recent notables about previous meetings include:

In 2019 the book club met at Deb’s Country Diner, the library, the United Church, Pleasant Township Hall, the historical home of library staff member Angela McFarland, Mt. Sterling Community Center, Two Hands Café, and Lohstroh Family Farms, and Deer Creek Lodge. Our meeting locations are booked through a good majority of the 2020 year so far.

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 the first Thursday of December 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 chosen book. 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 2 years ago. Refreshments were served, and some members took advantage of dining at the restaurant prior to the beginning of the meeting. We played a couple other Christmas themed games and the winners were awarded a prize. A drawing resulted in many other gift winners as well. 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” in recent years 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 otherwise 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!