New!! Veterans Book Club

  Veterans - (Men and Women) Wondering what to do over the long winter?

 Sign up for our new Veterans Book Club.  We’ll supply the space and books.  The first book will be "What It Is Like to Go to War” by Karl Malantes, and local author, Sara Sheldon, author of “The Few. The Proud.: Women Marines in Harm's Way” will lead the first discussion.   Book club will meet the 4th Wednesday of each month, starting in January. 

Interested? Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

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Loda Township Library

105 E. Adams St. Loda, IL 60948

(217) 386-2783

Hours

Mon

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tue

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wed

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thu

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fri

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat

Closed

Sun

Closed

1st Wednesday of the Month Book Club!

When & Where

The Book Club meets the first Wednesday of each month with the exception of the month of January. All meetings are held in the Reading Room of the library.  February's book is “Under the Wide and Starry Sky"  by  Nancy Horan.  Call to reserve a copy.

Time

Readers start arriving at 12:45 p.m. Discussion begins at 1:00 p.m. and continues until 2:15 p.m. At 2:15 the book to be discussed at the next meeting will be announced. 

Contact Information

Due to inclement weather, the Book Club may cancel or reschedule meetings at any time. If you have meeting concerns please contact the Loda Township Library by phone 217-386-2783 or by email at lodalibrary@gmail.com.

What the Book Club Thought

"Priestdaddy" by Patricia Lockwood

Only 3 of the 8 members enjoyed this book. The majority found it to be difficult to read and an irreverant story of a dysfunctional family.

Others found it to be entertaining with poetic segments and funny moments.

"Our Souls at Night" by Kent Haruf

All of us liked this book very much. It's a short read that brings up a lot of issues and themes.  The story honors the loneliness of our senior citizens, their guilt, family and finances, life in a small town, and treatment of the elderly. It delicately narrates a need and courage of two people who are generous, loving , and lonely.

"Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman

"This book dissects the life of Eleanor, a woman in her thirties, whose world is filled with trauma and personal challenges." ( Washington Independent Review of Books)  The story of Eleanor is revealed like the layers of an onion and reveals a strong, independent woman. The dark story also has doeses of quirky humor. The author wants the reader to take away one wornrdd "Kindness, show kindness everyday to others. You don't know the trouble others may be shouldering."    All of us liked this book very much.

"To the Bright Edge of the World" by Eowyn Ivey

Everyone liked this book very much.  The reader is pulled into this story of an historical adventure, based on an actual exploration.  With vivid description we see the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness and feel for the Forresters as we learn of the challenges, struggles, and hardships they endured. The characters were revealed in layers and the love the Forresters had for each other shines throughout the book.

"Snowflower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See

A well written portrayal of  two women who suffered and how their friendship helped them survive.  

A very interesting look into 19th century China life and culture.

"The Address" by Fiona Davis

Set against the backdrop of NYC’s Dakota Building, this historical fiction novel is rich in detail and full of plot twists and surprises.  It’s also an interesting comparison of the status of women in the 19th and 20th centuries.  It was enjoyed by all seven attendees this month.

“The Tall Woman” by Wilma Dykeman

  This book received a unanimous thumbs up from everyone in Book Club.  The setting for this historical novel is the Smoky Mountains during and after the Civil War.  The main character, Lydia McQueen, proves to be a person of great determination and integrity during times of hardship and struggle.

When her husband leaves to fight in the war, she is left to care for their homestead and farm while expecting their first child.  Several years later she endures the loss of her first child.  She leads the crusade for a church and school in this mountain area.  Later, when the village was left without a doctor, she took on the selfless task of being a midwife. 

According to a Southern mountain saying, “A tall woman casts a long shadow” meaning she is of high morals and character.  This is certainly Lydia McQueen.