Reading groups bring people together. For over ten years, the Women’s National Book Association’s initiative, National Reading Group Month, has promoted the value of book discussion groups during the month of October.
Reading groups and book clubs have many interesting benefits. Did you know that belonging to a book could help you live longer? Research finds that belonging to a book club or other similar social club that meets regularly for social interaction can reduce your risk of premature death after retirement.
Book groups also keep your brain sharp and offer stress relief. Discussing what you’ve read with others can challenge your understanding, and help you make new connections that you may not have thought about before. According to a 2009 study, even just six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by more than 68 percent! Reading seems to work better and faster than listening to music, going for a walk or having a nice cup of tea.
With all of these benefits, not to mention the fun of reading and discussing a good book, now is the perfect time to join one of Chandler Public Library’s book groups. Check out our calendar to see what groups are meeting and what they’re reading. There are both in-person and virtual offerings, so check your desired event to learn how to join and if registration is required. Looking for book recommendations for a group of your own, or just for reading on your own? Try this list of conversation-worthy reads!
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