Summer Garden Program 2018

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Welcome to Book Club!

It cannot be that the people should grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading. A reading people will always be a knowing people. —John Wesley

About Our Book Club

When & Where

The Book Club meets every first Wednesday of each month with the exception of the month of January. All meetings are held in the Reading Room of the Loda Library.


The Library opens 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 dsicussed at the next meeting will be announced. The Library closes at 2:30 p.m.

Contact Information

Due to inclament 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

What the Book Club Thought

"Whistling Past the Graveyard" by Susan Crandall

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this story.

The story takes place in Mississippi in  1963 where a 9 year old girl, Starla, through a series of unforeseen events, has her eyes opened to the harsh realities of the southern culture and her family life.

We liked the character development, the progression of the story, and the revealing insight into the racial climate of 1963. As one member said "It's a crackin' good read!"

"White Houses" by Amy Bloom

A rich story about the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lenora Hickok. Although fiction, the story reveals the struggle of their relationship, and the historical figures and events of the period. Our independent research learned the author used letters from the Roosevelt library as a resource.

The author wrote a descriptive story but it was a bit rambling with flashbacks.

This book, has encouraged some to read more about Eleanor. Only 3 book club members liked this book and 4 were ambivilant.

"These Healing Hills" by Ann H. Gabhart

Six out of seven of us liked this book. It's a romantic, soft, and enjoyable read that tells the story of mid-wifery, eastern Kentucky mountain people and the transplanted city nurse. The author writes beautifully of the culture, language and scenery of the area and into the life of a frontier mid-wife in 1945.