East Riding Libraries Face in a Book Club on Facebook now has over 220 members who have been enjoying the books selected each month by the Libraries team. The club started back in February 2020, just before the first lockdown and has gradually grown since then.
The group initially started with people sharing their thoughts or book recommendations in a typed chat, but has now evolved to virtual meetings on Facebook rooms every six weeks.
Book Clubs have always been very popular at East Riding Libraries. Prior to lockdown, clubs took place at libraries across the area, free to attend, with books free to borrow and the added benefits of encouraging people to read, offering reading recommendations, chatting with like-minded people and reducing social isolation.
The libraries team hope to re-introduce the various social groups in libraries when safe to do so but joining the short, half hour 'Face in a Book Club' meetings every six weeks are a great way of enjoying the group interaction and sharing your thoughts on reading in a safe way for the time being. If members don't get time to read or listen to the book, it doesn't even matter! They can just come along and find out what others thought and see if they fancy reading it in the future.
Reading is a very calming activity and has a myriad of proven health benefits such as reducing stress and lowering blood pressure. Audiobooks are a great way of enjoying the benefits of reading if you are short on time too and are popularly listened to when walking, decorating, gardening and even doing the housework.
The selected book is Matt Haig's 'The Dead Fathers Club' and can be downloaded as an eBook or eAudiobook free on the Borrowbox app with your library card, or borrowed as a hard copy - just visit your nearest East Riding Library or mobile to reserve a copy, or visit your online library account (log in at library.eastriding.gov.uk) to reserve online.
'The Dead Fathers Club' follows the story of Philip Noble; an eleven-year-old in crisis. His pub landlord father has died in a road accident, and his mother is succumbing to the greasy charms of her dead husband's brother, Uncle Alan. The remaining certainties of Philip's life crumble away when his father's ghost appears in the pub and declares Uncle Alan murdered him. Philip vows to carry out the ghost's relentless demands for revenge. Can the words of a ghost be trusted any more than the lies of the living? Philip makes his decision and when the moment comes to act, he finds himself heading towards disaster.
The next book club meeting will take place on Wednesday, 9 June at 6.15pm on Facebook rooms - everyone is welcome! To join the Facebook group and the discussion, visit the @ERLibraries Facebook page, click on groups and join our 'Face in a Book Group'
To join the library free or find out more about the huge selection of eBooks, Audiobooks, eMagazines and Newspapers that can all be downloaded free from home with an East Riding Libraries membership, visit https://www.eastridinglibraries.co.uk