Paisley & District

Book Group

Paisley and District U3A Book Group

We are a well-established group of interested readers willing to try a range of different authors and genres, based in Paisley Library. The Library service is keen to encourage book groups and, to that end, provides sets of up to 10 books, so that readers don’t have to source and purchase their own copies.

As Paisley Library closed last autumn, we met at a local café for several months, but are about to start meeting at the temporary Library next to the Lagoon. This is particularly handy as we decided to meet on the same day as the U3A meeting (first Thursday of the month), but at 12.00 to allow enough time to discuss the book and have some lunch before 2.00.

We don’t always agree, and, for a book group, that’s a good thing. Often a book that provokes different opinions fuels a livelier discussion, than one on which we mostly agree. But there are always other topics to chat about!

A small group of us recently visited Glasgow Women’s Library in Bridgeton. As a relative newcomer to the area, I discovered this gem of an institution on the first Doors Open after I arrived, and am constantly amazed at how many people have never heard of it. We were lucky with the trains and it only took about half an hour to get there from Gilmour Street. We were given a warm welcome and shown around the exhibitions, managing also to get to the upstairs gallery and see some of the exhibits up there. They run many regular classes, guided walks and special events. It’s well worth a visit.
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We are a recently established group of interested readers willing to try a range of different authors and genres, based in Paisley Library. The Library service is keen to encourage book groups and, to that end, provides sets of up to 10 books, so that readers don’t have to source and purchase their own copies.

However, as Paisley Library is closing on 20th September, we are making temporary arrangements to tide us over until January when the temporary Library opens at the Lagoon.

We decided to meet on the same day as the U3A meeting (first Thursday of the month), but at 12.00 to allow enough time to discuss the book, have lunch and maybe pick up a bit of shopping before 2.00.

We currently have 2 spaces in the group. We are limited to 10 because of the availability of sets of 10 books from the Library, plus, for getting round a table, 10 is probably a feasible maximum.  If you are interested in joining, please email the Group Leader, Dee, at dee.barnfield@btinternet.com

For the rest of this year, the plan is:

Thursday 4th October: Read “Whisky from Small Glasses” by Denzil Meyrick and meet at 12.00 to discuss at The Grumpy Monkey café in Moss Street (recommended particularly for its soup!)

Thursday 1st November: Read “Island Beneath
the Sea” by Isabel Allende and meet at 12.00 in the same (or another, if preferred) local café. 
Just to let you know, I won’t be at that meeting,
nor the U3A AGM as I’ll be away on holiday.
Apologies for that.

Thursday 6th December: To be discussed at October meeting.

In the New Year, we should be able to use the temporary Library at The Lagoon (very handy for the Salvation Army for the 2.00 meeting).  Hopefully there will be enough room – the librarians seem to think there will be. 

Just for the completists, the books we have read so far are:

“The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty
“The Sea Detective” by Mark Douglas-Home
“Where my Heart Used to be” by Sebastian Faulks
“May we be Forgiven” by A. M. Homes

Happy reading.

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