Bonus Brown Bag Lunch
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting a bonus Brown Bag Lunch on Thursday, September 4, from Noon – 1 pm in the Library Park. Susie McIntyre will present Bowling Alone, Reading Together. This program is free and open to the public.
In 2000 Robert Putnam wrote the book Bowling Alone to lament the decline in our social connection and social capital. He argues that “we have become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and our democratic structures.”
At the same time, more and more people are reading and connecting through books. Estimates of book club membership have skyrocketed in the past several years from 250,000 to a million or more. Librarything, GoodReads, and Oprah’s book clubs have created rich online reading communities.
How do we talk about books? Why do we join book clubs? How does reading impact our social connections? Are online book groups as effective in building community as face-to-face groups? We will have a lively lunch discussion of the social aspects of reading