With the new year in full swing, people may be looking for ways to get back into reading and one way to do this is through book clubs offered by area public libraries, including the Cheshire Public Library.
Lauren Gledhill, head of adult services, said the Cheshire Public Library offers three book clubs — Books Over Coffee, Books Over Cocoa and Murder by the Book Mystery Book Club.
The Books Over Coffee and Books Over Cocoa groups read the same book, with Books Over Coffee taking place during the afternoon and Books Over Cocoa taking place in the evening. This is because Books Over Cocoa will give people who work during the day the opportunity to join a book club. Books Over Cocoa started in October.
These two book clubs are reading “Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times” by Katherine May. Books Over Coffee will meet on Jan. 25 from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. and Books Over Cocoa will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. in The Loft.
The Murder by the Book Mystery Book Club is reading “Light on the Bone” by Kathryn Lasky and will meet on Jan. 26 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on Zoom. Barbara Ritchie, a Cheshire community member, is the host.
For all three of the book clubs, registration is done through the library’s website.
Gledhill said that Books Over Coffee, which started in April 2019, is a popular book club at the library. “For some reason, the daytime book clubs people really like in this community,” Gledhill said. “I’ve tried doing evening ones and weekend ones myself over the last year or so and very few people showed up to them.”
Therefore, Books Over Cocoa is getting a slow start. Gledhill said the library might shift the format of it, but for now, it will be reading the same book as Books Over Coffee. “Books Over Coffee is definitely our number one, our flagship book club,” Gledhill said.