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Rec Reading at Rutgers

February 22, 2017
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Photo by Ana Couto | The Rutgers READ club gives students the chance to meet people and broaden their literary horizons. The group reads authors from a wide variety of genres and subject areas and donates books back to University libraries.

A recent news story in The Daily Targum highlighted the READ club--"Rutgers' first and only book discussion group," according to their website. This group meets each month to escape the rigors of textbook and classroom reading and discuss a work of fiction, ranging from contemporary novels and literary fiction to poetry and short story collections.

The club meets in the Art Library and their next meeting is next Tuesday at 8 p.m. The club will be discussing Selma, 1965: The March That Changed the South by Charles Fager. Other recent titles, according the Targum article include Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris and The Corpse Exhibition: And Other Stories of Iraq by Hassan Blasim.

The club has been growing in popularity and welcomes new members. Reading the book is not a prerequisite (though certainly, it can't hurt!).

As club president Elisheva Rosen notes, the Libraries have a couple of ways to support recreational reading on campus. We currently have two recreational reading shelves--accessible behind the reference desks of Kilmer (recently renamed Carr) and Alexander libraries. The Libraries also provide E-Z Borrow services to students and faculty at Rutgers, meaning you can request copies of popular books from our partner libraries and they will be delivered to you via a Rutgers library.

So, there is no reason to wait for beach season to start your next great read!