The Update for January 19, 2024

Above: Last year’s Book Club Madness winner Carolina Bluestockings received an exclusive audience with Verse & Vino author Javier Zamora as part of their prize.

Even though the holidays are over and winter will be sticking around for a while, we are entering one of my favorite times of year. The Super Bowl is around the corner and of course, those of us who pray at the altar of college basketball, March Madness isn’t too far behind. These yearly events always remind me of the pure joy of sports.

I was a bit of a jock (but I hardly run up the stairs these days). I played tennis at University of Montana and was elated when my Grizzlies made it to the FCS national championship this year. There is nothing like the thrill of competition, an opportunity to prove yourself and be part of a team.

Which brings me to my announcement… Book Club Madness is back! Our über-popular competition for local book clubs was a huge success last year. We’ve made some improvements, amped up the challenges and moved it to March to align with the NCAA basketball tournament. Much like that pure joy I feel on the tennis court or watching my alma mater on TV, Book Club Madness seeks to inspire in our community the pure joy of reading, especially sharing books with friends.

In fact, our first challenge encourages book clubs to earn points by participating the Library’s annual Community Read event. Registration opens on February 6 and the games begin on March 6. The competition is free to everyone and we hope you join us for another exciting tournament.

Stay warm and keep reading,

Jenni Gaisbauer, CFRE
Executive Director

P.S. How are those New Year’s resolutions doing? If you need some motivation, join us at Sugar Creek Library on Saturday, January 27 for our next Around the World in 21 Branches event. “Shef” Shaun will be sharing culinary creations to jump start your meal planning.

P.S.S. Need MORE resolution motivation? We have new wellness event happening in February at Plaza Midwood Library. Check it out here.

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