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Library Book Club Schedule 2015-2016

Painting by Sister Isabella Guerra (see image credit below).

In the final volume of In Search of Lost Time, Proust’s narrator experiences a number of epiphanies about the nature of creativity that have been percolating in his mind for hundreds of pages. One of these concerns the value of reading:

Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. The writer’s work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book.

And that is not all we get from literature. For Proust, it is literature (and the other arts) that teach us to see the world through new eyes:

By art alone we are able to get outside ourselves, to know what another sees of this universe which for him is not ours, the landscapes of which would remain as unknown to us as those of the moon. Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world, our own, we see it multiplied…

The mission of the Library Book Club is to encourage the reading of great literature by bringing members of the Regent and CBN communities together to enjoy the unique pleasure of reading and discussing books. For our ninth year, we have assembled a schedule of American, British, and Israeli works from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Library Book Club Schedule 2015 – 2016




Date & Time*


Geraldine Brooks


September 24 at 12:00


Jane Austen


October 29 at 12:00

Nov – Dec

Patrick O’Brian

The Far Side of the World

December 10 at 12:00


Henry James

Washington Square

January 28 at 12:00


Toni Morrison


February 25 at 12:00

March – April

Meir Shalev

A Pigeon and a Boy

April 14 at 12:00


Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd

June 30 at 12:00

Time & Location

*Book Club meetings usually take place at noon on the final Thursday of each month in the Library Conference Room. Dates and times above are tentative. Check the events pages on our Facebook or Google+ sites 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 free videoconferencing service. Here is the permanent link for all Library Hangout events: https:plus.google.comhangouts_eventc0lnc83s5ok7tecuqdcnjg0mcno?authuser=0&eid=100028809078157626561&hl=en.

For more information about the Book Club, see our webpage or contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Image Credit: Painting by Sister Isabella Guerra, a nun at the Cistercian monastery of Santa Lucia, Zaragoza in Spain. For information about Sister Isabella and examples of her work, see Lines and Colors (blog) at http:linesandcolors.com20111113isabel-guerra.

Library Book Club history outlined in new book

by Jerome Reading, Patron Saint and Heavenly Intercessor of Libraries

Before the Second World War, most academic librarians considered the promotion of extracurricular reading to be a core component of their professional duties. Typical of this approach to librarianship was Edwin Osgood Grover, Director of the Library at Rollins College, who taught a popular course in recreational reading and in 1926 was made “Professor of Books” at the college.

Since the 1950s, academic librarians have increasingly seen themselves as information specialists, and the promotion of reading to be the mission of public libraries. In recent years, however, a number of academic librarians have joined researchers who question the healthfulness of consuming unprecedented amounts of “fast” information produced on the internet and in social media. Taking a cue from the globally successful “slow foods” movement, journalist Maura Kelly, in a 2012 article for The Atlantic, proposed a “Slow Books Manifesto” that called on readers to set aside 30 minutes of the reading day from newspapers, websites, magazines, and even non-fiction books, in order to read literature.1

The Slow Book Revolution: Creating a New Culture of Reading on College Campuses and Beyond,2 published in September, is also a fruit of the idea that, just as foods grown and harvested with care for slow enjoyment are healthier for the body than industrialized products, books written for attentive reading and reflection are healthier for the mind than an intellectual diet based on electronic information.

Included in The Slow Book Revolution is a case study of the Regent Library Book Club by Associate Librarian Harold Henkel. In the chapter Harold gives an overview of the Book Club’s history since its founding in 2008, and discusses what has been successful and not so successful in order to provide a guide to other academic librarians considering a book club at their institutions. Harold says he was honored to contribute a chapter and hopes that the book inspires other academic librarians to take up the cause of promoting literature on their campuses.


1Maura Kelly, “A Slow-Books Manifesto” The Atlantic, March 26, 2012, http:www.theatlantic.comentertainmentarchive201203a-slow-books-manifesto254884.

2Meagan Lacy, et al., The Slow Book Revolution: Creating a New Culture of Reading on College Campuses and Beyond (Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2014).

Regent Reads starts July 1

This July the Library will be hosting our fourth annual Regent Reads, a summer reading program for children ages five to nine. Each Tuesday morning, from 10:00 to 11:30 am, we will feature two illustrated books: one about a Biblical hero and one about a modern-day hero (such as a military veteran or teacher), read by members of the Regent and local communities. There will also be an interactive time with music and movement. Each program will conclude with snacks and coloring activities. For more information and a schedule of books, see the Regent Reads webpage.

In addition to the Regent Reads series for young children, The Library Book Club invites children 10 and up as well as adults to join us on July 31 at 12:00 for a discussion of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer . For more information about this event, see our website, or contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

All summer literature events are free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

Take the Library Book Club survey

To our dear readers:

The Library Book Club was founded in 2008 to encourage the recreational reading of literary classics as well as high-quality contemporary literature. To date, the Book Club has read and discussed 55 (mostly) great books. We hope to be around for many years to come and would like to ask a small favor, both from our members, and from the dozen or so of you who have not yet read a book with us:

Please take two minutes to complete our survey: https:www.surveymonkey.comsJRHN8ZB.

Thank you for your support. Your responses will help us improve the Book Club as a resource for the Regent community.


Image Credit:  Handelsman, Bud. [Cartoon]. The New Yorker, February 7, 2012. http:www.newyorker.comonlineblogscartoonists201202a-far-far-better-cartoon-gag.html.


Book Club discussions now online via Google Hangouts

Beginning with our discussion of Dracula on November 8, the Library Book Club will allow distance students and faculty to participate in book discussions via Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts is a free video calling service offered by Google through their Google+ and Gmail systems. The service is similar to Skype, but allows up to ten participants to videoconference together at no charge.

Discuss books with us from anywhere.

Here is the permanent Google Hangout URL that we will use for all Book discussions:  https:plus.google.comhangouts_eventc0lnc83s5ok7tecuqdcnjg0mcno?authuser=0&eid=100028809078157626561&hl=en

For more information about joining the Book Club online, or to receive an e-mail reminder before each discussion, please contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.