Library to Host Book Club at Aeronaut

Librarians Cassie Graesser, left, and Lilly Sundell-Thomas are running the Books and Brews series. Courtesy of Lilly Sundell-Thomas.

The Somerville Public Library is teaming up with Aeronaut to launch a “Books and Brews” series this month.

The offsite book club is aimed at people in their twenties and thirties and those who are “young at heart,” according to two librarians who are organizing the series.

Hosting a book club at the popular brewery is a way to engage an age group that regularly uses the public libraries but doesn’t always participate in programs, marketing librarian Cassie Graesser says.

“Partnering with Aeronaut has been huge for us,” Lilly Sundell-Thomas, programming and outreach librarian, explains. “We reached out to them, and they were very responsive. Even having our Facebook event co-hosted by them brought in tons of people and tons of interest, which is great because that reminds people that the library’s here for them and is something fun and free that they can use whenever they need.”

Sundell-Thomas and Graesser have been thrilled by the amount of interest in the event series—over 100 people have RSVP’d “going” on the Facebook event for the first meeting, which will take place Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.

A large turnout won’t come at the cost of personal discussion, though—the librarians say if many people show up they’ll break people up into small groups to talk about the book.

First up is “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, an award-winning novel about two people who emigrate from Nigeria and return 15 years later.

The book club will meet every third Tuesday. Sundell-Thomas and Graesser are picking the books for now, but are open to having club members choose what to read if they’d prefer. Next month’s book is “The Stranger in the Woods” by Michael Finkel, a non-fiction story of a man who lived in the woods in Maine for nearly 30 years.

The Books and Brews series is just one of the librarians’ efforts to roll out new adult programming. Library fans can look forward to a “Getting cozy at the library series” this winter that will celebrate the Danish concept of “hygge.” Sundell-Thomas says events could include learning to knit, making your own lip balm, or tea and coffee brewing 101.

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