There exists a mecca for book clubs in the wilds of Redding. The Mark Twain Library, at 439 Redding Road, often serves as a comfortable meeting spot for book discussion groups.

The library also hosts a regular book discussion led by "an amazing, very literate person," said Heather Morgan , the library's director. She was referring to discussion leader Catherine Riordan , who has a Ph.D. in English literature.

The group meets once a month on Monday evenings. A flier for the program reveals the theme for the spring discussions is "First Person Narratives."

"There are about 12 other book groups in the community that sometimes meet at the library," Morgan said. The groups may feel "they get more work done (here); the atmosphere at the library is more conducive to productive meetings than at someone's home. There are great big sofas in the reading room."

The library's support for book discussions goes beyond providing a comfortable setting for meetings. Library staff member Maureen Jones , who coordinates interlibrary loans, tries to supply book groups with multiple copies of the books they want.

A section of the library is dedicated to book group selections, so visitors can see which books area groups are reading.

"Fiction reading is going up," Morgan said. She added that Meadow Ridge, a senior living community in Redding, has three book groups, a women's group and two men's groups.

For more information on the library's programs, call (203) 938-2545 or visit .


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