Finding time to read: a parable about Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt...real reader

Theodore Roosevelt…real reader

“Once upon a time in the dead of winter in the Dakota Territory, Theodore Roosevelt took off in a makeshift boat down the Little Missouri River in pursuit of a couple of thieves who had stolen his prized rowboat. After several days on the river, he caught up and got the draw on them with his trusty Winchester, at which point they surrendered. Then Roosevelt set off in a borrowed wagon to haul the thieves cross-country to justice. They headed across the snow-covered wastes of the Badlands to the railhead at Dickinson, and Roosevelt walked the whole way, the entire 40 miles. It was an astonishing feat, what might be called a defining moment in Roosevelt’s eventful life. But what makes it especially memorable is that during that time, he managed to read all of Anna Karenina. I often think of that when I hear people say they haven’t time to read.”*

This spring, the Library Book Club invites the Regent and CBN community to devote 20-30 minutes per day to reading literature and to rediscover the pleasure of sharing ideas about books by joining us at our book discussions. The reading schedule is comprised of two great classics and two highly acclaimed contemporary works. All four of titles can be read with as little a commitment as twenty minutes per day, although completing the book is not a requirement for attending the meeting.

Book Club meetings moved to Thursday

In response to several requests, Book Club meetings will now take place at noon on the final Thursday of each month in the Library Conference Room, located inside Library Administration. Check the events tab of our Facebook or Google+ page for confirmed dates and times. Tea and refreshments are served, and participants are welcome to bring a lunch.

Distance students and faculty welcome

Distance students and faculty may join our discussions via Google Hangouts, Google’s new free videoconferencing service. Here is the Library’s permanent link for all Hangout events:

For more information about the Book Club, or to receive reminders of upcoming events, contact Harold Henkel at 757-352-4198 or

*David McCullough, “No Time to Read,” quoted in Connect: College Reading, 2nd edition, by Ivan G. Dole and Leslie Taggart. (Boston: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2012), 474.

Library Book Club Schedule Spring 2014

Month Author Title Date & Time
January Jhumpa Lahiri The Namesake January 30 at 12:00
February Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God February 27 at 12:00
March Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities March 27 at 12:00
April Luis Alberto Urrea Into the Beautiful North April 24 at 12:00
 “It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.” ― C.S. Lewis

“It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”
― C.S. Lewis