A hip book club, Bean There, Read That, developed by the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, offers young professionals and college students a new connection to each other and to reading. Come to Bean There, Read That at Flying Monkey at PTs, 1625 SW Washburn Ave. No book report required – just have fun with like-minded folks.
The club meets at 7pm the fourth Tuesday of each month, with the exception of December because of the holiday. Here’s the upcoming schedule and topic list.
November 27 – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
December 18 – Let’s talk about all books! Bring whatever you’re reading!
January 22 – The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
February 26 – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
(in conjunction with The Big Read 2013)
Conversations are casual, and everyone gets a chance to participate. At October’s inaugural meeting, we met Gwen, who works at Washburn University. “I’m relatively new in town, and this seemed like a good way to meet people,” she said. Lisa, who’s never belonged to a book club, said she really felt the pressure now to read The Hunger Games, a book she hadn’t previously considered. “Maybe I’ll like it. Maybe I won’t, but at least I’ll have opened the book,” she said.
Readers pick up the books prior to the meeting at the library’s Reference Desk. They can also sign up to receive reminders about book club meetings. Email Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on that list.
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training.
Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.