The Meredith College Alumnae Book Club is a diverse group of readers, according to club member Sandra Close. Many have busy careers; some are retired. Several are women who returned to Meredith after the traditional college age and graduated through “Wings,” the school’s adult education program.
When and where do you meet? We meet the third Tuesday of each month from September through May on the Meredith campus in the Common Room in Jones Chapel. Our meetings are very simple – no food, 30 minutes of socializing, a great book discussion, and we are finished by 8:30.
Tell us about your club. We read a young adult book, a nonfiction, a classic and five others each year. On occasion, we invite the author of the book to join us or talk with us via telephone during the discussion. We have about 30 members, and our average attendance is 20 each month. The fact that we are all Meredith graduates adds to our interesting discussions, and we have become good friends through the years.
What are you reading now? “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
What is your club’s favorite book? “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” by Laura Hillenbrand
What’s unique about your club? We are Meredith graduates of all ages, including one who is nearly 90 and one who just graduated this year. The Book Club began in 1997, and each year we encourage more graduates to join.
How to join: The Book Club is open to all Meredith graduates. If you’re interested in joining, contact Marilyn Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of upcoming meetings and books can be found at meredith.edu/alumnae/events/.
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