New book club mixes young adult reading, TV, movies

A new book club is going outside the library walls for a growing community that enjoys popular titles, good food, and lively discussion.

sun-starThe Young at Heart Book Club will meet every second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m., with the next meeting Oct. 11 at The Electric Brew Elkhart, 113 E. Lexington Ave., downtown Elkhart.

“While we have several successful book clubs at EPL, we wanted to see if we could do something to capture a different audience,” says librarian Allison McLean, who helped organize the club.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations with people that love to read these books that are marketed for teens,” says McLean. “For some people it helps them feel a little younger or capture those feelings of being young.”

In October the club will read “The Sun is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon, which is a love story that takes place over the course of one day. A movie based on the book is due out next year.

“We were able to tie some of the books to new releases that are coming out as movies or TV shows,” McLean says.

Finding books that are being spun off into TV shows and movies helps the club appeal to a broader audience, as well as help pick books that are more relevant in pop culture.

“There’s a lot of fun stuff that’s being published in this genre right now, whether it’s realistic fiction, sci-fi or fantasy,” says McLean.

Meeting outside of the library helps bring a lighter atmosphere to the event, while also helping support other Elkhart businesses. “Just to make it a little more fun and to enjoy some of the places that downtown Elkhart has to offer to eat,” McLean said.

The club will read “The Hate U Give” for the November meeting, which will be held at The Electric Brew in Elkhart, 113 E. Lexington Ave. It’s a story about a girl whose childhood friend is shot in front of her by the police.

“It’s a lot more serious but it’s relevant to a lot of issues going on,” McLean says. “It’s sure to generate an interesting discussion.”

A movie based on that book is set for release Oct. 19.

The December book selection is “All These Beautiful Strangers” by Elizabeth Klehfoth, an Elkhart native that is visiting EPL for a book signing Dec. 11.

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