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Nola Brantley Memorial Library focuses on young adults

WARNER ROBINS -- The Houston County Public Library system is putting some focus into its adult programming.

Mark Bohnstedt, branch manager at Nola Brantley Memorial Library, has added a book club, a game night and a trivia night to its monthly repertoire.

“When I started two years ago, we didn’t have any adult programming,” he said.

Bohnstedt wanted to create fun events to appeal to his age group, the 18-34-year-olds who might not use the library on a regular basis, though any adults are welcome to join the group.

His theory was to do “Nola@Night" after-hours events to make it seem like just hanging out at a person's house.

Last month was the exception for the book club. The group met Aug. 27 at Lazy Dog Growler in Warner Robins to discuss the book “The History of the World in Six Glasses” while drinking one of the beverages mentioned in the book.

To start the conversation, Bohnstedt asked the group of nine participants what other types of drinks might have been included in the book besides the six mentioned, which were beer, wine, spirits, Coca-Cola, tea and coffee.

Ann Williams, reference librarian at Nola Brantley, said some teachers also use the book in world history classes.

“It’s a good way to tie broad history into life you can relate to,” Williams said.

Reading the book made Andi Kerry want to drink wine. Bohnstedt admitted to not liking wine and falling asleep during the chapter about wine, to much laughter at the table.

The group has had as many as 10 participants and as few as three.

Though the meeting has been on the fourth Wednesday of the month since its inception in March, the book club will move to the fourth Friday of each month for September and October.

The next book is “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride. Copies will be in the library.

The board game night meets the third Friday of the month. Board games, as well as the popular card game Cards Against Humanity, are available to be played. Bohnstedt also encourages people to bring their favorite board games to share with others.

Trivia meets the second Thursday of each month.

For more information about the programming, visit www.houpl.org or call 478-923-0128.

Bohnstedt chooses books which are not in a “traditional” book club, he said.

“I want something a little edgier, something that will spark some interesting conversations,” Bohnstedt said.

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