Stuttgart-based book club seeks to welcome new members

Vivienne Schiffer’s Camp Nine is Booknotes Adult Book Club’s March Book Pick. (Book cover courtesy of www.vivienneschiffer.com)

The Booknotes Adult Book Club meets at noon each Friday at the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie at 921 E. Fourth St. in Stuttgart. Club president Connie Dooley said the group is welcoming additional attendees.

“We would love to see new members,” Dooley said. “Bring your lunch, bring something to drink and come downstairs.”

Dooley joined the book club about 10 years ago after moving from Tennessee to Stuttgart. The club was relatively new at that time, and she found that she could meet friends and read new books without having to pay large fees.

“It’s done through the library, so no one has to buy the books. They all come to the library through the Central Arkansas Library System,” Dooley said.

The members of the book club read a specific book each month which they collect from the public library in Stuttgart. They also read books of their choice to discuss with the other participants.

“On the last Friday of the month, we talk about the book we’ve all read,” Dooley said. “The other three Fridays we talk about other books we might be reading. This way we get an idea of ​​what other people are reading and what they like to read.

Members can give feedback on books the group receives from the Central Arkansas Library System. Dooley said a list of about 250 book titles is sent to band members each November.

“Everyone gets their own list and that way they choose their top 20. Then I go through everyone’s picks and try to pick the books that maybe two or three people had on their lists” , Dooley said. “Then I reduce it to 12 so that there is one for each month.”

The Central Arkansas Library System sends books based on availability. Specific books are not promised to participating readers.

“It might open up new authors that you wouldn’t have read or heard of before,” Dooley said.

The book club used to meet at the Stuttgart Public Library, but COVID-19 closures prompted the group to find another venue.

“We have decided to relaunch the book club before they open their meeting rooms at the library. We use the museum and we always distance ourselves from society,” Dooley said.

The club is still affiliated with the local library. Those interested in becoming a member can contact Estella Dudman, head of the Stuttgart Public Library, for more information. Dudman can be reached through the library’s main line at 870-673-1966.

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