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Share Your Passion for Reading: A Great Escape

Evergreen Park Public Library hosts monthly book club meeting.

For many moms, reading is a luxury. Gone are the days of hours spent turning the pages of a book whose author both transports and mesmerizes with silken words. We squeeze it in at the end of our day, having read only a page or two before we drift off. The mother's lexicon is anything but reverberating—tantrums, nasal discharge, allergies, bullying, diarrhea. The "how-tos" become our favorite genre (out of necessity).

Perhaps it's time to reconnect with the reader you were and join others with the same interest.

On the last Wednesday of every month, the hosts the from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The group was started in 2000 by Nicki Seidl when she was appointed library director. And since its inception, the group has seen a steady stream of readers eager to join in and share their thoughts.

"People feel comfortable expressing their feelings here," Seidl said. "It's all very open and understanding."

While attendance varies, meetings draw anywhere from 8 to 12 participants every month. Most do not attend every meeting but will come and go based on their level of interest in the current book selection.

Seidl is interested in how interpretations of Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luis Zafon will vary. The book, originally written in Spanish, is available at the library in both English and Spanish translations and will be discussed at the next meeting on April 27.

In past years, Seidl has compiled lists of books for consideration in upcoming discussions, but has since welcomed the ideas of group members. Once a book has been chosen, several copies are ordered from the Metropolitan Library System.

"Book clubs are a nice way for people to connect," she said. "You have the book so you already have a good starting point for conversation. And if all you want to say is your name, that's cool, too."

The library also will host two New York Times best-selling authors. Steve Berry is scheduled to appear May 26, and Karin Slaughter on June 23. Both authors will discuss their work and autograph copies of their books.

is located at 9400 S. Troy. For more information, go to www.evergreenparklibrary.org or call 708-422-8522.

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