The Canton Branch of the Haywood County Public Library is planning to revive an old tradition later this month. At 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16, the library will host an informal gathering to discuss the formation of a new Canton Book Club.
“Because a book club is a real asset to the life of a community, the Canton Branch Library is planning to sponsor such a club,” wrote Katherine Levine, the librarian of Canton Branch Library, on a flyer typed on Haywood County Public Library stationary back in the mid-1970s.
Keneitha Bryson, a current employee at the Canton Branch Library, has fond memories of being the youngest member of the book club started by Levine. At club meetings, someone would review a book and participants would ask questions at the end. Bryson said it was more of a presentation then a general discussion.
“Many of the participants were life-long patrons of the library,” Bryson said. “We would meet to discuss books and listen to guest speakers. As the youngest member, I paid special attention to what I wore and how I spoke at meetings.”
At the Aug. 16 informational meeting, participants will have the opportunity to meet other prospective book club members, discuss how they envision the book club, and pick the first book selection. The new book club will be informal. All those who enjoy reading and sharing what they’ve read with others are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the Canton Branch Library at (828) 648-2924.