Books! Books! Books!

WPL Brown Bag Book Club

Paula Walters - Monday, March 19, 2012

 North Central Regional Library has wonderful book clubs.  Last week I posted a newspaper article that our Entiat librarian Esther wrote regarding her club which is celebrating  that they have read 100 books.  Wow !! 100 books!! If you have not read the blog please do as the celebration includes a "one book read" of Laura Hillenbrand's best selling book, Unbroken. 

I love to hear from books clubs.  I know that the club that meets at the WPL has been helping out in the community and I asked the leader Kathy to write a bit to tell us what they have done.



The NCRL Brown Bag Book Club has been meeting for 10 years at the library. They meet the third Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 PM. The current membership is 29 members of various ages with an average of 15 to 20 people attending each month. New members are always welcome. Each month’s selected book brings plenty of invigorating discussion and often times sharing of how the story relates to their lives. For a group so large it is truly incredible how everyone is respectful of each other’s opinions and everyone has an opportunity to talk. The book lists grows as members suggest a specific book and/or author. In December they donate household items to Wenatchee’s Haven of Hope. In January 2012 they read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. They were so inspired by the great organizations available to help women that the group decided to donate to Kiva, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.The group read the book The Help by Kathryn Stockett earlier last year and when the movie was released a group from the club went to the movie and out to dinner to discuss their reaction to the movie version of the book.


I met with the group in December and yes it is amazing how such a large group works so well together, giving everyone a chance to speak.  I would love to hear from more books clubs, how long you have been meeting, what makes your group work, what books you enjoy, etc??

Entiat Library Book Club Celebrating 100 Books!!

Paula Walters - Thursday, March 15, 2012

One hundred books! That's how many books the "We Really Read the Book" book club
in Entiat has read, from the time they first began, up to the current month's book choice.
Since its formation in the late 1990s this diverse group of enthusiastic readers and friends
have been sharing meals, conversation, laughter and life stories each and every month.
In honor of this centenary landmark, all readers from Entiat and surrounding
communities are invited to share in our celebration. Readers are invited to pick up a copy
of the 100th book choice, Unbroken - A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and
Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand at the Entiat Public Library or by request through
North Central Regional Library.

“On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific
Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and
blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant,
the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So
began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and
vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story
of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the
human mind, body, and spirit.”

- From the hardcover edition.

On May 5, at 2:00 we will host an afternoon of snacks and beverages, along with a
chance to share each other’s impressions of this book, and the topics it raises. The
gathering is planned to be held at the Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center in Entiat.
We especially would like to invite readers of other book clubs, past members of the “We
Really Read the Book” book club, and veterans and families of veterans of WWII who
served during the time that the events in the book take place. For more information
please call Esther Dalgas at the Entiat Public Library 509-784-1517, or any member of
the “We Really Read the Book” book club. We want to offer many thanks and much
appreciation to the North Central Regional Library system, and to Paula Walters, the
book club coordinator at NCRL for generously meeting our requests for the many
gratifying, sometimes mystifying, sometimes hilarious but always thought provoking

Never Too Early to Plan Ahead

Paula Walters - Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Never Too Early to Plan Ahead



Save the date!!  Mark your calendar!!


This year the keynote speaker for Write on the River will be Jonathan Evison.  There will be a free public reading at the Wenatchee Public Library on Sunday May 20th, 1:30 – 2:30.  Mr. Evison is a local author residing in Western Washington.


His first novel, All About Lulu, was published in 2008.  This won the Washington State Book Award.  This is a coming of age novel about a young boy dealing with the death of his mother.


Mr. Evison’s second novel, West of Here, was published in 2011.  The novel is set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, Washington on the Pacific coast.  The book follows two timelines. The first begins in 1889 with the town’s founders.  The second is the year 2006 and deals with the descendants of the founders.  It is a novel of how mistakes keep happening from generation to generation, but people keep trying to be strong and brave and just and right.


NCRL has copies of both novels. 


Hope to see you at the presentation.  The authors that have been involved with Write on the River in the past and have come to our library have all been wonderful.  As I have said before what a great way to spend an hour on a Sunday afternoon.

Far from Here

Paula Walters - Thursday, March 01, 2012

I just recently read Far from Here by Nicole Baart.  It was one of those books that after I finished reading I kept thinking about.  When a book affects me like this one did I have to say it is a great book.


Danica Greene married her high school sweetheart.  Etsell was the boy of her dreams and they had a wonderful marriage, despite the fact that he was a pilot and she hated flying.  He owned a small plane and gave flying lessons.  Without consulting Danica,  Etsell decided to help out a pilot friend and take a job in Alaska.  It was only for three weeks.   Danica was not happy but knew she could not stand in his way.  On his last flight before he returned home the plane vanished shortly after takeoff.  Etsell did not register a flight plan and the search team cannot find the plane. 


Despite her fear of flying Danica gets on a plane and flies to Seward Alaska.  While there she finds out that Etsell might not have been alone when he went missing.  A woman is also missing. 


This book deals with a wife whose husband is missing.  She does not know if she is a widow or an abandoned wife.  Danica thinks back over her marriage and the reader learns a lot about her past good and bad.


There are a lot of colorful characters. Her mother and two older sisters are not the best choices to help her overcome her grief but they do their best.  The author did an excellent job of letting the readers know the many feelings a person has in a situation where you do not know what has happened to someone you love.  This would be a good book for book clubs, lots of discussion.


I am now rereading David Copperfield. The first time I read it my oldest son was six months old.  It was summer and we had just bought our first home in Seattle.  We had a wonderful backyard with beautiful gardens.  My baby and I spent many hours outside.  He playing in his playpen and me reading.  For years I would tell friends that this was my favorite book.  I decided I should reread to see if I still like it and yes I do!!

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