Virtual book discussion at the Athol Public Library

  • Library Technician Robin Brzozowski invites reading enthusiasts to get their copy of “Educated” by Tara Westover and participate in this monthy’s virtual discussion on Zoom. Contributed photo

Published: 9/13/2020 4:11:57 PM
Modified: 9/13/2020 4:11:56 PM

ATHOL — The Athol Public Library is excited to announce a new season of book discussion meetings that start Monday, Sept. 28, at noon. Free, friendly and open to everyone, the monthly meetings of Booked for Lunch, the noontime book club, are the perfect opportunity to take a break and talk about books with other reading enthusiasts.

Library Technician Robin Brzozowski, has been leading the discussions for several years, selecting titles ranging from best sellers to local authors, classic works and even non-fiction titles like the September selection, “Educated,” by Tara Westover. “Educated” is a memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. The New York Times Book Review says it’s, “Heart-wrenching . . . a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives.” There is sure to be plenty to talk about, from education to survivalists to family dynamics and coming of age. Brzozowski notes that one of the most interesting parts of the discussion group is the way the same book resonates so differently with each reader.

The virtual meeting on Monday, Sept. 28, at noon uses Zoom. This flexible platform allows participants to join using a computer, tablet, smartphone, or even a landline. Registration is required. To find out more about how to participate, call 978-249-9515 or email Robin at

Copies of the book are available for pick up anytime during curbside hours. Patrons can stop by the library Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. to get their copy. Digital versions of the book are available to download using either the Libby or Overdrive App.

The library reminds the community to visit their website, Facebook page, and new YouTube channel regularly to stay informed about all the great things that are happening. The fall season is going to be filled with new virtual programming for all ages as well as fresh take home activities for kids and teens, craft videos, Lego Club, book bundles and more.

The library, located at 568 Main St in Athol, is open for curbside pick up Monday through Thursday. Call 978-249-9515 for more information about this and other services.

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