Your Town Merrill: Book club celebrates 20 years

Published: Dec. 18, 2016 at 10:30 PM CST
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Inside the T.B. Scott Free Library in Your Town Merrill, you'll find a group of literary lovers.

The 'Cover to Cover' book club recently celebrated their 20th anniversary.

"It's been 20 years and, I can't believe it," said Margery Piikkila, one of the club's founding members. "I was asked to join when they first started, and it was very important to me and I've been loving it ever sense."

Another member, Judy Weaver, said it started with a couple of retired teachers in Merrill.

"[They] went to the head of the library, Bea Lebal at that time, and said let's have a book club under the auspices of the library and she said, oh good idea," Weaver said.

Weaver joined the group 18 years ago.

"I'm a big reader," said Weaver. "And there are lots of people in Merrill who are passionate readers."

Piikkila said the first book the group read was "A Thousand Acres" by Jane Smiley.

"That was a good start for me. Right now we're reading Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence," Piikkila said.

Not only does the group dive into the book, they also discuss the story behind the story.

"Critiques and the reviews and background of the book," said Weaver.

Piikkila added, "We do have a history of the person the books are written about and also the author and why she chose to, or he chose to use that."

Weaver and Piikkila said diving deeper into the many elements of the book opens further discussion among its members.

"We've found so many people who have a connection to what we're reading and share so much of themselves," Weaver said with a smile. "It's really exciting."

The group says anyone is welcome to join. They meet every third Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. at the T.B. Scott Free Library.

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