MEREDITH — The Meredith Public Library is launching a brand new type of book club this spring. Beginning on Wednesday, May 15, the library will be hosting a Comics Club in its function room every other Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
The club will be open to all ages, but Youth Services Librarian John Locke hopes that the subject matter will help attract a younger crowd.
Similar to a standard book club, attendees will congregate to discuss, debate, and recommend their favorite books. But unlike other book groups, there won't be any assigned monthly book. Instead, the Comics Club will be a forum for members to discover new and interesting comics and graphic novels, and a place where like-minded fans of the format can meet and socialize with people who share their interests.
There will be screenings of comic-based movies, as well as chances to play fun, nerdy games. And perhaps most importantly, the club members themselves will have the opportunity to help guide the development of the library's graphic novel collections. Attendees will be able to recommend titles both new and old that they believe the library should own. In this way, the library
staff hopes to give younger patrons a chance be more involved in the library.
The formation of the Comics Club is due in large part to a generous donation from the Meredith Altrusa Club's Literacy Committee. This gift has allowed the library to expand the number and variety of graphic novels on its shelves in order to cater to all types of readers.