Williamsburg Regional Library staff lead four monthly, themed book discussion groups. Here's how to participate:
Choose any book that reflects the topic of the month. It can be fiction or nonfiction, adult or young adult.
Briefly introduce yourself and make sure you state the title and author of the book that you read.
Plan to discuss your book for about three minutes.
Williamsburg Regional Library has collected multiple copies of the following titles for use by reading groups. The books are packaged in a tote bag, and can be checked out for up to eight weeks. Many of the titles have questions and supplementary material to stimulate thoughtful discussion. Bags are available at both the Scotland Street and Croaker Road libraries. You may place a hold on the title you want and pick it up at the most convenient location. For a complete list of Gab Bag titles, click here.
The purchase of the initial nine titles was made possible through a grant from the Friends of the Library to support library-sponsored book groups. Since then, support has come from Jane and Robert McGaw, the Williamsburg Community Trust, and the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation. The Friends have resumed providing grant money for the titles, and have made it possible for us to begin purchasing large print and audiobooks when they're available. By sharing these group resources with community readers, the Gab Bags program extends the success of those grants.
If you have any questions about the program, or would like to learn about other book group resources available through the Williamsburg Regional Library, please contact Andrew Smith, Readers Services Librarian, or call 259-4050.