No Time to Read Book Club Celebrates Father’s Day

It happened every time. Picture it. There I was on the stage of our elementary school cafetorium (a large room that was used as both as a cafeteria and an auditorium) waiting to begin singing with my classmates or participating in some other school function.  It even happened when I was in the choir loft at church with the rest of the children’s choir.  Nervously looking out at the audience, there he was. Our eyes would meet and my daddy would give me that big, lopsided grin of his, intended to help calm my nerves.  That’s all it would take to settle me down and I was ready to perform.  Of course, I didn’t dare look at him too many times, for fear I would crack up laughing if he still had that grin on his face.

That was many, many years ago. To be quite honest, time has erased a lot of memories of my childhood, so I am grateful that I still remember times like that. Although I have had countless precious moments with him since then, it still remains one of my favorite.

cover image of NPR Driveway Moments for DadsIn June we celebrate Father’s Day and that means it is dad’s turn to be featured in the  No Time to Read Book Club. We will be listening to audio selections from NPR Driveway Moments for Dads: Radio Stories that Won’t Let You Go.  Please join us as we listen to a variety of dad stories, each sure to elicit some sort of response….be it a smile, tears, or laughter.  We will have a discussion time where you can share your favorite dad memories or moments.  Participation in the discussion is, of course, optional.

There is no outside reading required for the No Time to Read Book Club. Simply come and listen to an audio selection.  If you like, bring your quiet activity to work on while you listen.

In the meantime, we would love to have you share your favorite dad moments with us here.

Attention:  The  No Time to  Read Book Club will change its meeting day for the summer.  We will be meeting on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

What: No Time to Read Book Club

When:   Saturday, June 9, 2018

Where: Major Hillard Library




No Time to Read Book Club Celebrates Mother’s Day

After I graduated from college and moved out on my own, my mom would call me every year on my birthday. During the work week she got up at 6:00 in the morning. That is when she would call me because she said she wanted to be the first one to wish me a Happy Birthday.

On the few occasions this area got snow, ice, or other inclement weather, she would call and tell me to not to go to work because of the bad weather or because the roads were too bad. I would joke with her that I did not think a note from my mom would work with my employer.

My mom has been gone for years and I still miss those calls.

Mother’s Day is in May and in celebration the No Time to Read Book Club will be listening to audio selections from NPR’s Driveway Moments: Moms.  Come listen to short tales for and about moms, some heartfelt and others just plain funny.cover image of NPR's Driveway Moments Mom

What are Driveway Moments?  They are those moments when you are listening to a story on the radio and you just have to hear the end of it, even if you have arrived at your destination…even if you are sitting in your own driveway.

The No Time to Read Book Club is for those who want to be part of a book club but for whatever reason do not have time to read.  They just want to come and listen.

If you like, bring your favorite quiet time activity to work on while you listen.  You can knit, crochet, color, and even balance your checkbook. Of course, you can always just sit and listen.

We will have a short discussion following the selections where you can share your own mom memories or stories.  Participation in the discussion is purely optional!

Meanwhile, please feel free to share your own mom stories here, whether they are about your mom or your mom memories with your own children.

What: The No Time to Read Book Club

When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018    2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Major Hillard Library


No Time to Read Book Club

I don’t know about you, but it seems there’s never enough time to do all I want to do, reading included. I may work in the library surrounded by books, but even I find there’s just not enough time to read all that I want to. If you feel the same way, consider trying one of our brand new book clubs called the No Time to Read Book Club with no outside reading required. Simply come, listen to an audio selection, and share what you think during our short discussion. If you’d like, bring your favorite quiet time activity like knitting, crocheting–even balancing your checkbook!–to work on and get two activities done at the same time. Or, you can always just sit and listen.

When: the second Tuesday of the month from 2:30pm-4:00pm, starting December 12, 2017

Where: Major Hillard Library

We will start December 12, 2017, with Christmas Short Stories by Charles Dickens.



Trying Out Audiobooks

There’s an argument between readers and non-readers alike over whether listening to an audiobook qualifies as reading. My opinion is that though listening does not involve the physical act of looking at words, listening to a book involves the same mental interpretation and imagination as reading a book in your hands. So, yes, I consider audiobook listening to be real reading.

Despite this opinion, I never listened to an audiobook until now. I enjoy the visual aspect of reading, so I never considered doing otherwise. Many have told me to listen to one while driving, but I like listening to music. I did not consider audiobooks until a few weeks ago. Continue reading “Trying Out Audiobooks”

So You Think You Can Read: Tips for the 52 Book Challenge

It’s January 2015, and you’re thinking about or have already committed to taking the 52 Book Challenge (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, see the next paragraph). For most adults, reading 52 books in one year is quite a feat. Being the seasoned veteran of the challenge that I am (third year running!), I would like to share some tips for sticking with the challenge and getting it done.

[For those of you who are unfamiliar with this challenge, it’s pretty simple: Read one book a week for the entire year. In other words, read 52 books in 2015. CPL adopted the challenge last year, and we had nearly 400 people participate so we’re bringing it back for another year! To sign up or to learn more about the 52 Book Pickup (CPL’s name for the challenge), click here.]

1. Walk away from duds

Give up! And no, I don’t mean give up on the challenge. Continue reading “So You Think You Can Read: Tips for the 52 Book Challenge”