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Cole Corner: Upcoming informational meetings will help choose book club dates, titles
August 16, 2013 · Grace Chamberlain

While the end of summer can seem like a bit of a drag, all of us at the Cole Public Library are excitedly gearing up for the beginning of school.

With Cornell, Mount Vernon and Lisbon students returning to their classes, our hours will increase substantially, Knitting Night will return to its regular time, and Cathy will be selecting our Early Out Movies.

The start of the school year also heralds the return of Off Track - our middle school and high school book discussion groups. Both middle and high school book groups have always been very popular Cole Library programs, and last year was no exception.

Members read a number of exciting and thought-provoking titles, such as Artemis Fowl by Eion Colter and Unwind by Neal Shusterman, and discussions were always lively.

Off Track meets once each month and is a great way for teens to connect though meaningful literature. Plus, all books are free - thanks to donations from Hills Bank and Trust.

This year we're planning even more activities, and I'm currently looking forward to our upcoming informational meetings.

These meetings are great introductions for anyone interested in joining the middle school or high school book group, as well as a good review for current members.

They are also some of the most exciting meetings, because members get together to select the books we'll read this year.

I'm encouraging all attendees to bring a list of literary suggestions to vote on. On top of that, we'll pick the day we'll meet each month.

Meetings are currently set for:

• Middle school: Friday, Aug. 23, at 3:30 p.m.

• High school: Sunday, Aug. 25, at 3 p.m.

Those with questions, or who are interested in joining but can't attend the first meeting, please contact me at 895-5940 or

Also, a quick plug for Lego Club: Our first meeting of the fall is Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 3:30 p.m.

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