• Tony Bosworth

Third Thursday Book Club’s next chapter begins

Back 10 years ago a small group of avid readers got together and turned the first page at the Third Thursday Book Club at Hawkesbury Library.

The club is now 30 strong and they’re set to celebrate their first decade.

Third Thursday began back in September 2010 with just a handful of people who wanted to meet new friends and connect through reading. Since then, it’s grown to 30 members, with new people joining every year.

Not surprisingly, the club meets on the third Thursday of the month, from 10am to midday at Windsor’s Hawkesbury Central Library.

Julia Beaver, a long-time volunteer with Hawkesbury Library Service, has run the club since it began.

“The club is a wonderful opportunity to discover new books, new authors and new friends,” she said.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, book club members have decided to hold off on their planned anniversary celebration until early next year, when Hawkesbury Library Service will host a celebratory morning tea for its members.

Hawkesbury Library Service said in a statement they recognised the value of social connectedness through reading and support this by hosting two open book groups as well as maintaining a book kit collection.

A second book club, the Tuesday Night Book Club, meets on the third Tuesday of the month, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Rozzolli Meeting Room, ground floor, Deerubbin Centre 300 George Street, Windsor.

The book kit collection housed at Hawkesbury Central Library includes over 30 book kits available for loan to book clubs who have registered for a special membership card. Any local book club can apply for membership at $80 for a 12-month period. The kits are stored in a convenient carry bag and contain 8-10 copies of a book title, as well as suggested discussion questions.

Anyone interested in joining either of the book clubs or registering their own book club should contact the library on 4560 4460.

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