Saturday, August 20, 2011

Walking Books, Talking Books

Connecting with books, each other. (Door County Advocate, 8/19/2011)

Excerpt: Reading continues to be the lifelong enjoyment of a group of residents at Pine Crest Village, an assisted living facility in Sturgeon Bay. Even better than reading a good book for these residents in their 80s and 90s is the ability to share that enjoyment with others through hearty discussion in a book club that has met every third Tuesday since December.

The book club is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and led by volunteer and retired teacher Dorothy Wickman.

It began with a request of resident Millie Londo, who arranged to have books delivered to her at the residence through the Friends of the Library's Walking Books. When the Friends offered to start the book club, Londo was excited for the opportunity not only to read and discuss the reading materials but also to find a meaningful way to connect with other residents.

"It's the camaraderie and getting to know the background of people we eat with every day" that makes the book club so appealing, Londo said. "We get to learn about each other's families and get to know all different types of persons.

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