Most readers know the feeling. You find a good book and have to tell someone about it. At Highlands Hollow Brewhouse a nontraditional book club meets once a month.
"If we're eating and drinking it's such a natural and organic way to just say, 'Hey I read this book, it wasn't the best,' or, 'It was great.' We get to reach a lot of our patrons who might not come into the library and have a meal with each other or drink some beer," said Huda Shaltry a library assistant with the Boise Public Library.
With a book in one hand and a drink in the other, each person takes a turn talking about their latest read.
"It's unlike most book clubs because we're not all reading the same book. We're all sharing whatever it is that we've recently read, or some people show up and don't share anything and just get book ideas for their next great read," Shaltry continued.
Books & Brews started in September 2016. Now with the opening of the new Library! at Bown Crossing, the book club will expand to a second location at Bier:Thirty.
New participants are always welcome. It's a casual and different way to meet other readers.
"And you can hear about books or read a book you'd never pick up on your own, like a graphic novel or a young adult book, or something nonfiction. Sometimes just hearing about it makes you want to read it. Or if someone gives you little tidbits, like you have to get passed the first 30 pages then it's great. You probably wouldn't get that normally," Shaltry added.
The next Books & Brews is Monday, June 12th at Highlands Hollow at 7:00 p.m. Then a week later, Monday June 19th they'll meet at Bier:Thirty in Bown Crossing at 7:00 p.m. There is no need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up and the group will welcome you.
For more information, visit www.boisepubliclibrary.org or contact Shaltry by calling (208) 972-8320.