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2012-11-12: Information Station Column

The Sioux Center Public Library offers a wide variety of programs for babies, preschoolers, grade school children, and teens. We like to hear the pitter patter of little feet in the library. But do we only care about children here in the library? 

The correct answer is, Of course not! For the past few years we have offered a book club for adults here at the library. The book club generally meets the third Saturday of the month, and over the past year we’ve discussed books from many genres, fiction and non-fiction alike. Honestly, the group that comes to this book club is so much fun that I can’t believe I get paid to lead it! (Come and join us sometime if you want to see for yourself!) Adult Book Club, however, is not the only program we have going for adults. See the list below to find out what else we have for you at the library: 

Christmas Crafts and Coffee – Saturday, December 8, 9:00-11:00 a.m. – Come enjoy a cup of coffee and put together a variety of lovely Christmas decorations out of old books for your home or to use as gifts. These trendy decorations would be perfect gifts for a book lover you know! Registration is encouraged but not required. 

Adult Winter Reading Program, ”Drifting Through the Stacks” – January 7-March 2 – Shake off the post-holiday blues by participating in this exciting new program at the library. It’s easy. Sign up at the library. Then, turn in your reading log page each week of the program and receive a small prize at the library!  In addition, your reading log pages become entries into a drawing for an e-reader! Watch for more information coming soon! 

Young Adult Book Club for Adults – Saturday, January 5, 10:00 a.m. – Join us as we kick off a brand new book club offered at the library! This book club is designed for adults but we will read books that are marketed for young adults. Did you enjoy The Hunger Games? Have you always been fascinated by A Wrinkle in Time? Or are you just curious what your teenager is reading? If so, then this book club is for you! Find out at the library what our January read will be and we’ll look forward to seeing you on January 5! 

Vintage Movie Nights – Tuesday, January 22, 6:30 p.m. – Vintage Movie Nights are back by popular demand! Come on January 22 to enjoy a movie that has stood the test of time and treat yourself to some popcorn on us! Watch at the library for more details coming soon!

 

Digging to America by Anne Tyler 

I have always heard that Anne Tyler’s books are gems, but until a few weeks ago, I had yet to experience her writing for myself. I often choose books for our book club to read based on what I’ve had on my reading list for a while (shh, don’t tell the book club). So, it made sense to me to put something by Anne Tyler on the list so that I could finally ascertain for myself whether her writing was all it was cracked up to be. 

It was. This book, Digging to America, is both a story of immigration and assimilation and a story of adoption. Two little girls are adopted from Korea by two very different families: an American family and an Iranian-American family. The book follows the girls as they grow from infants into young children. But even more, the story follows the two families as they grow closer despite their obvious differences. 

The story itself is a little bit slow. Not a lot happens. But the trick with Anne Tyler’s writing is that you don’t realize that not a lot is happening. Her characters are so rich, so vivid, so very human, that you get caught up in their lives, mundane or not. All of her characters have quirks; Tyler doesn’t shy away from the flaws of human nature. But her characters are also lovable, and through reading about them, I become more accepting of my own quirks and the personality quirks I see in others. Overall, I highly recommend Digging to America.