Meet to discuss current book and choose next one.

Hello! It's that time of the month again, and for the past few months, we've been on a musical venue journey. So far, we've frequented The PourHouse Cafe, The Runcible Spoon, MCPL and Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream. For December, we've chosen Rachael's Cafe on 3rd Street. 

As a pleasant surprise, Rachael's does provide parking for approximately (12) twelve cars. The building is shared by the Senoj salon and a few other businesses. If spaces are filled, you can find parking (unmetered) on Lincoln street. 

Per their website, Rachael’s Café grew out of a desire to create a friendly, inclusive, peaceful atmosphere for all. Our mission is to bring understanding, education, and acceptance over a cup of coffee.

The quaint eclectic cafe and coffeehouse sits a few blocks from campus as well as downtown's Courthouse Square and is open til 9 pm nightly (except for Sundays, when it closes at 7 pm). Regarding entertainment, one can check out everything from bands, open mic, readings and poetry. In addition to serving as a great location to grab a quick bite, hold a meeting or get some quality work or studying done, the kitchen serves tasty fare including quiches, soups and pastries.

The agenda for this meeting is to discuss Nicole Mones' The Last Chinese Chef, plus the November MCPL Events (Book Plus Discussion and Power of Words). In turn, we've decided that we'll each bring our top (3) book choices to be considered for our 2014 reading. We plan to use the very formal process of picking titles for January - March from a hat. 

It's so encouraging to see new members actively joining our book club. We welcome each of you and please come to our meet-up even if you haven't had the chance to read it. 

Please, do take a moment to RSVP. I look forward to seeing each of you. As always, please don't hesitate to ask questions or make suggestions. We are a group whose collective voices matter. 

Laura

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Haven't made a meet-up yet. I enjoyed reading the summary of your November Meetup. I read the Tyler book and am currently reading The Last Chef. Due to being out of town on December 19, I will also no be able to attend that meetup. Looking forward to the January read. Maybe I will make that meeting. Happy Holidays.

    1 · December 5, 2013

    • laura b.

      Thanks for letting us know Nancy. The feedback is appreciated. Have a wonderful & safe holiday season. Stay warm!!

      December 7, 2013

    • laura b.

      Hope to see you next week.

      January 6, 2014

  • Melissa L.

    Hi. I won't be able to attend again this month. Looking forward to attending again soon. Have fun!

    1 · December 18, 2013

    • laura b.

      We'll miss you Melissa! Have Happy Holidays. We look forward to seeing you in January.

      December 19, 2013

    • laura b.

      Hope to see you next week.

      January 6, 2014

  • Karen A. W.

    I didn't manage to get hold of the book. If I can think of three books to suggest for 2014, and if I find some energy hiding somewhere, I'll show. If not, I look forward to hearing about the next few books -- and will try to be more diligent about reading them!

    1 · December 19, 2013

    • Karen A. W.

      I don't know if anyone will see these suggestions in time, but FWIW: (1) The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell. My favorite SF novel and maybe my favorite novel, among hundreds read over the decades; (2) Every Day, a very good current YA novel, somewhere in the SF/speculative fiction genre; (3) The Cuckoo's Calling, J.K. Rowling's (pseudonymous) venture into detective fiction.

      1 · December 19, 2013

    • laura b.

      Please bring these suggestions to our January meeting. Do you know if MCPL has enough copies? That's a big component.

      January 6, 2014

  • Francesca T.

    Hi! I have found the address of the new Chinese restaurant (Mei Wei <- means tasty in Mandarin) in downtown. http://www.yelp.com/biz/mei-wei-bloomington

    2 · December 20, 2013

    • Katie

      Thanks!

      December 20, 2013

    • laura b.

      Great. Thank you Francesca.

      January 6, 2014

  • Karen A. W.

    Do we have a next book yet??

    January 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      No book this month ---- Just discussion of making our book list. Hope to see you there.

      1 · January 6, 2014

    • laura b.

      Please see email I just sent. NO book. Hope you'll be there. Your input would be great.

      January 6, 2014

  • Carrie T.

    Does anyone want to see a movie tonight or hear music at the 9|ayers 9ub --- question mark

    January 3, 2014

  • Carrie T.

    ---|oved the discussion--wound u9 |iking Grownu9s book better after I finished it, a|so

    January 3, 2014

  • Francesca T.

    love that and see you all in 2014

    1 · December 20, 2013

  • Francesca T.

    Hi, I am new to this group, may I know the book to be discussed in the Dec meetup? Can I borrow the book from the MCPL?

    1 · November 24, 2013

    • Katie

      I am still on the wait list :/

      1 · December 5, 2013

    • laura b.

      Keep checking back. You never know. If someone finished their book, could we have a borrowing system please?

      1 · December 7, 2013

  • laura b.

    Hi All, see the November meeting summary in the Discussion Area. Just scroll up to the top of the page (right under the orange header) and you'll see "Discussion" as the 2nd tab from the right. Click on that and choose - November 2013 Back When We Were Grown Ups. I'm posting this note here and under the December meeting thread for optimal visibility. If you have any ?s, suggestions, etc, please let me know. I hope everyone is staying warm!!

    December 5, 2013

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