Virtual Adult Book Groups Returning in September

Dear Friends,

I find myself saying yes to things these days that get me outside in the sun—naturally doing as much as I can to soak up summer on a daily basis. Yet even as I choose to notice and savor the season, my mind turns toward fall with some longing for the routine and sense of settling that arrives in September. For us at the library, we’re thinking ahead to the programs we want to offer this year, and I’m excited to share news of some of our upcoming book discussion groups for adults.

Our monthly Virtual Book Discussion Group for Adults returns on Monday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. and will continue to meet every second Monday of the month from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. over Zoom. This group is for anyone who loves to read and talk about books! The discussions aim to be relaxed and open, and group members shared that having a chance to meet new people and discover new genres and books they might not have chosen themselves kept them coming back each month. Please feel welcome to join us for each session or for only the books that catch your eye. We will post titles for the upcoming month in our newsletter and on our website.

We have a successful mindfulness meditation group that has been meeting and practicing together weekly since April of 2020. We are excited to announce a new Virtual Mindfulness Meditation Book Discussion Group to extend and complement that weekly class. You are welcome to join this book group even if you don’t join our meditations. The book group will meet quarterly to allow for time to read and digest each book in the series. Each session will begin with a short silent meditation and then dive into discussion and reaction to the text. For September, we’ll be discussing Radical Compassion by Tara Brach. This group will meet on Monday, September 27, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. over Zoom. Thank you Jeannette for providing a place of comfort, calm, and community for our patrons over the pandemic.

For more information on either of these two groups or to sign up, please email Jeannette at

We are grateful to Leigh Anne Keichline, a Skidompha patron and educator trained in racial equity and diversity work, for offering another Anti-Racism Book Group for Skidompha patrons this fall. This small group book club will meet one Wednesday evening mid-month through Zoom, discussing one text/film, using guided questions and supplemental materials. September’s focus is High on the Hog, a highly-praised short series on African American culinary history and present. The first meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 15, at 5:30 p.m. over Zoom. Email Leigh Anne at to express interest. Please put “Skidompha Book Club” in your subject line.

We look forward to sharing other offerings with you in the coming months. I hope that you are finding ways to soak up summer, too, and I hope to see you soon at the library.

Be well,

Matthew Graff
Executive Director
Skidompha Library