Book club inspires at Wedge Gardens

A book club meeting is held on Friday nights in Wedge Gardens’ library, much to the delight of residents.

The Wedge Gardens rehabilitation centre has started a book club.

Residents at the centre have responded to the opportunity to share their thoughts on the books they have been reading, as well hear other people’s experiences with various genres and authors.

“The book club is voluntary but has attracted dozens of members and as residents join, so others are encouraged to do so too,” said Adél Grobbelaar, Wedge Garden’s manager.

Biographies of sportsmen and entrepreneurs, crime, suspense thrillers and self-help books seem to be the biggest hit.

An exchange of books between residents is also happening.

“Cowboys are popular too. There is a renaissance of Louis L’Amour and beaten-up old paperback copies of his westerns are doing the rounds,” said Adél.

The book club provides a healthy distraction from life’s burdens, great entertainment, exposure to critical thinking and better communication skills. For many, there is also the discovery of a refreshing alternative conversation,” said Adél.

“It is also encouraging further engagement with the Wedge Gardens library and greater awareness of libraries in general. The enthusiasm of the book club members has prompted the Wedge Gardens kitchen staff to provide sandwiches for the Friday night meetings,” she said.

Guest speakers sought

Book club meetings are held in the library on Wedge Gardens’ premises and writers, journalists, librarians and avid readers are welcome to contact the facility with regards to being a volunteer guest speaker at one of the meetings.

Donations of men’s-interest books, a coffee or study table and comfortable reading chairs are welcomed.

For more information, call 011 430 0320.

You can also ‘like’ Wedge Gardens on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @WedgeGardens.

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