We just finished Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. Yaa is Ghanaian American, born in Ghana, brought up in the USA. This is her second book.
Most of the group enjoyed the read, and even those who were less enthusiastic still found something to admire in it. It is an easy read – and the short chapters were a definite plus!
It covers many themes, ranging from drug addiction, the challenges of assimilation in a different culture, racism, prejudice, mental health, religion, friendships, neuroscience and “fitting in”. Some thought there were too many strands to the novel and that it attempted too much. Others found lots to enjoy in the exploration of these themes and were encouraged to try the novelist’s first book, Homecoming. Overall, it was a positive, thumbs-up for Transcendent Kingdom.
Most of us got our copies from West End Lane Books, and we thank them for ordering it in for us.
Next month’s read could not be more different. We’re onto Bleak House, by Charles Dickens. It will be a re-read for some, but new to many.
Mondays are when the book stock team work on cataloguing the book stock and getting the library ready for opening.
We have a small group of trained volunteers working on this. If you are interested in joining them, please complete the volunteer sign up form to be added to our database. Please be aware that this is a very popular shift, and that we have many more volunteers than we can currently use. But once you’re on our volunteering database you will get to find out about other opportunities that may also be of interest.
Meetings of Cricklereaders, the Cricklewood Library Book Group, take place every six weeks. The first meeting is on Sunday 28 March, from 1500-1730. The group are reading Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life. There are still three places left! to join, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
While it’s not allowed to meet in person due to Covid-19 regulations, the book group will be meeting online, via Zoom, so you will need to be able to use this platform for the first few meetings. Once lockdown eases, the meetings will move to a new location, probably the library.
A family-friendly, early evening talent show, showcasing performers from our local neighbourhood. Expect music, singing, storytelling, and more. We have a carefully curated line up of singers, dancers, musicians, actors and performers.
If you would like to show your appreciation of the performers and make a donation to the library, use this link.
So exciting! The ten review copies of Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life have arrived from The Reading Agency!
I thought it would be nice to kick off the book group with a book you might not normally read, and it’s a bonus that it’s free! The publisher asks for reviews once we’ve read it. More details on that shortly.
In the meantime, if you haven’t claimed your free copy yet, drop me a line and I’ll arrange to get it to you. Just a reminder that the information session on the book group will be this Sunday afternoon. See my earlier post for details.
Fancy joining a book group, but not sure how to go about it? It’s difficult during the pandemic, to be sure. Well, look no further. We’ve done the leg work for you by starting one of our own at the library. In an ideal world, we’d be holding group meetings at the library, obviously, but during lockdown, that’s not possible. So, we’re inviting interested parties to sign up to an online book group for now, with the idea that we’ll transition to in-person meetings as soon as the pandemic allows.
We have four potentially interested readers already – why not think about joining them? There are no hard and fast rules about anything at the moment – when and how often you meet, how many members the group will have, how you will choose your reading materials – all that is yet to be decided by you, dear readers.
While borrowing books is difficult due to the pandemic, we’ve negotiated a discount for bulk purchases from local bookshops, so sourcing books once chosen should be a cinch.
For more information on how it could work, email email@example.com.