Kamloops library targets younger crowd with innovative book club

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KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops library is looking to expand on its regular bookclubs by giving readers a more relaxed version.

It’s called Books and Brews and is a bookclub with few restrictions meant to appeal to a younger crowd in Kamloops.

"We have quite a few book clubs but they’re all very traditional,” Thompson Nicola Regional District reference librarian Laurel Phillips says. "Everyone talks about that book. They’re always full but it just tends to be the same people signing up over and over again."

Phillips says the library wanted to target those who want to read their own unique book each month and bring it to discuss in a social setting, like a cafe or pub. She drew her inspiration from similar clubs located in the states, she says.

The first official meeting for the 11-person group will be this coming Tuesday at the Noble Pig restaurant. Registration is full for this month's meeting, but Phillips says there’s a waitlist available.

“If it’s super successful, we might have to run it more often,” she says.

While attendees are welcome to select their own book, it must fall within the parameters of the theme for that month. This month the theme is banned books.

To inquire about future registration or learn more about the club, contact the library at 250-372-5145.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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