Bond­ing with books

Se­niors club brings avid read­ers to­gether at the li­brary

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­

It’s no mystery as to why Con­nie McIn­nis loves the se­niors book club at the Glace Bay Li­brary.

“I love mys­ter­ies and it forced me to open up to other things,” she said. “You read things you wouldn’t nor­mally read. It broad­ened my hori­zons.”

How­ever she said it’s also about the great group of peo­ple in­volved who have be­come friends.

“We’ve got­ten close as we all so­cial­ize to­gether out­side the club.”

The se­niors book club was formed about five years ago at the Glace Bay Li­brary with the help of a New Hori­zons grant.

Club mem­bers meet once a month.

Li­brar­ian Charlene Bud­den said there is a cat­a­logue of books specif­i­cally for the book club as there are 10 copies of each. Each month one of the sets of books is sent to the club and the mem­bers read the book dur­ing the month and dis­cuss it at their next meet­ing.

Bud­den said the mem­bers will often come to­gether and go to other func­tions out­side the club.

“They re­ally bonded. They go to din­ner to­gether, have par­ties, go for cof­fee and even will car­pool.”

Bud­den said they re­cently cel­e­brated the 96th birth­day of mem­ber Mary McIntyre.

It’s McIntyre’s sec­ond year with the club and she says she re­ally en­joys it as well.

“I think ev­ery­one in it likes it,” she said. “You read books you wouldn’t nor­mally read.”

She said many of the books as­so­ci­ated with the book club have been sto­ries from Nova Scotia or by writ­ers from the prov­ince.

“I just love to read,” she said. “I love a mystery story and a travel story.”

How­ever she ad­mit­ted some­times the club will get a book that doesn’t main­tain her in­ter­est as with “The Time Trav­eler’s Wife.”

“I skipped through it,” she said. “I don’t like time travel sto­ries very much but I’ve al­ways loved sto­ries about trav­el­ling.”

Don Langill joined the club two years ago and re­ally en­joys it. He is also in­volved with the lo­cal walk­ing club and some mem­bers are in­volved in the book club which is how he got in­volved.

He laughed when asked what it was like to be the only man in the club.

“If they give me too much grief I can stay away a week,” he said, adding he was only jok­ing, the en­tire group is close and often so­cial­ize to­gether out­side the club.

“They are all so well read and in­tel­li­gent, it’s a great group,” he said.

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