Relax with reading

Pageturners book club announces winter schedule

By Camyle Cryderman, Editor-In-Chief

There is no better way to keep the mind stimulated than by reading. With so much work from classes and outside life, it is often hard to find the time and motivation to read for pleasure, but Schoolcraft’s book club, Pageturners, provides that needed push to pick up a book again.
After a successful first semester, Pageturners returns for the winter season. With three new books sure to peak the interest of any student, faculty, staff or community member, Pageturners is an enjoyable, accessible resource on campus with interactive events.
“Pageturners allows the chance for leisure reading as opposed to having to read a book for an assignment,” said Pageturners member Nicole Saez. “Even those who don’t necessarily think of themselves as avid readers may find a book they like or a character they can relate to and it may change their opinion on reading.”
Kicking off the semester in January, anyone interested in attending is invited to read “Our Town: A Play in Three Acts” by Thornton Wilder. This Pulitzer Prize winning drama was first published in 1938 and has had wide success since. The play follows the everyday lives of the residents of a small town called Grover’s Corner. Act one portrays the daily goings on of the residents from things as simple as delivering milk. Act two goes on to portray the love life and marriage of town inhabitants, and act three details the death of town residents as well.
Mimicking the happenings of a real city, this play will draw in readers on a relatable level. For those who attended Schoolcraft’s theater department performance last semester, this will be an interesting comparison piece to read. Those who have read this play are invited to attend an open discussion on Jan. 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the main campus Bradner Library room 105. The following day, Jan. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the movie production of “Our Town: A Play in Three Acts” will be shown in Liberal Arts building room 200 for comparison with the book.
“Book discussions are facilitated by Schoolcraft students,” said Pageturners coordinator Elzbieta Rybicka. “Although there is usually a faculty member present, the discussions are lively, informal yet informative, and friendly.”
For those who are unable to commit to attending in January, February’s Pageturners hosts an ever popular novel by Stephen Chbosky, titled “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Chronicling the life of a young boy through his adolescence, this novel leaves nothing out as it tells the true tales of high school life including sex, drugs, death, love and growing up. This New York Times #1 best seller brings a dose of nostalgia for more mature readers and will provoke all the emotions to go along with it.
Beginning the events on Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Pageturners will be showing the accompanying movie of the same name in the Waterman room 210. The following week, on Feb. 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., the book discussion for the month will be held in Bradner Library room 105. Open to anyone who has read the novel, this popular story is sure to bring about deep discussion.
“There is no big commitment to taking part in Pageturners. Come to one, or come to all the book discussions and events. You can just sit and listen or speak up, whatever you’re comfortable doing,” said Pageturners member Diane Roy.
Winding down the semester in March, Pageturners attendees are invited to read “South of Superior” by Ellen Airgood. This Michigan based novel relates more closely back to home than the others and will be a pleasure to read. It focuses on an isolated town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that has a special draw. One young woman comes to the town one day while running away from her old life and is drawn in to the charm. Finding a family she never thought she’d have, this town provides goodwill for all of its residents.
Opening the final discussion of the year on March 29 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Bradner Library room 105, this is the last chance for attendees to have a chance to discuss with others on their feelings of the novel. Rounding out the season is a meet the author with Ellen Airgood that will provide a unique opportunity to get an inside look at the story. This date is yet to be determined.
Pageturners book club is always free to attend and is open to all who are interested including staff, students and the public. There is no harm in trying it out, so why not pick up a good book and immerse in the act of reading.