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Bergendorf: Book confessions

Community Voice

I have a confession to make: I never finished reading, “The Scarlet Letter,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

I didn’t like it, so I stopped. 

In my defense, I’ve tried to read it several times, but I never make it beyond the first few chapters. When patrons discover this, they’re often shocked, exclaiming, “You’re a librarian. It’s a classic. You’re supposed to love them all!”

My classic response back is, “Do you love every book you’ve ever read?” 

Here’s a dark and deep secret: Librarians are patrons, too. We check books out, we bring books back and sometimes our books are late, too.  We’re just like library patrons with reading likes and dislikes. We have the CSI wannabe’s devouring mysteries, the paranormal romance experts debating whether it’s better to be a vampire or a shape shifter and the do-it-yourselfers searching for craft books for every occasion. There are librarians reading only nonfiction and those with kids desperate to squeeze in a quick read between homework and dropping from exhaustion. 

At the Wood Dale Public Library, we have five different book clubs for grown-ups:  Book Club Express, Georgia’s Book Club, Klub Ksiazki, Love and Forgiveness and Mystery Lovers. Each book club caters to a different group of readers. 

Book Club Express features quick and easy reads. The club meets at the Target Starbucks in Wood Dale every third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. The next meeting date is Sept. 18 and features, “The Happiness Project.” 

Georgia’s Book Club features popular, readable literary novels. This club meets at the Wood Dale library at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.  “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” is the selection for the Sept. 17 meeting. 

Klub Ksiazki is a Polish adult book discussion group meeting every other month at the Art Gallery Kafe in Wood Dale at 7 p.m. The selected book and discussion is in Polish. “Sluzace,” is the Oct. 15 selection. 

Love and Forgiveness explores different topics. This year, the group is exploring the Vietnam War. “What It Is Like To Go To War,” is the book for the Oct. 8 meeting at 7 p.m. at the Wood Dale library. 

Mystery Lovers meets at different times during the year and features the great combination of a whodunit and pizza. “Deeper Than the Dead,” is for the next Mystery Lovers’ Pizza Night that meets on Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wood Dale library. 

Please join us for an evening of book friendship and fun. All book club selections can be found at the Library Book Club Corner shelves for checkout. Happy reading!  

Yvonne Bergendorf is library director at the Wood Dale Public Library

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