Elkhart Public Library

Relevant, popular titles will be the focus of Young at Hart book club.

New book club mixes young adult reading, movies, TV

A new book club is going outside the library walls for a growing community that enjoys popular titles, good food, and lively discussion.

Young at Heart’s next book talk will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at Hacienda in Elkhart, 186 Easy Shopping Place, Elkhart.

“While we have several successful book clubs at EPL, we wanted to see if we could do something to capture a different audience,” says librarian Allison McLean, who helped organize the club.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations with people that love to read these books that are marketed for teens,” says McLean. “For some people it helps them feel a little younger or capture those feelings of being young.”

The book for the next meeting is “All These Beautiful Strangers” by Elizabeth Klehfoth, an Elkhart native. The book has been optioned for a TV show.

Author Elizabeth Klehfoth will visit EPL Dec. 11

“We were able to tie some of the books to new releases that are coming out as movies or TV shows,” McLean says.

Finding books that are being spun off into TV shows and movies helps the club appeal to a broader audience, as well as help pick books that are more relevant in pop culture.

“There’s a lot of fun stuff that’s being published in this genre right now, whether it’s realistic fiction, sci-fi or fantasy,” says McLean.

Meeting outside of the library helps bring a lighter atmosphere to the event, while also helping support other Elkhart businesses. “Just to make it a little more fun and to enjoy some of the places that downtown Elkhart has to offer to eat,” McLean said.

Due to the weather, all library locations are closed after 4:30pm Tuesday 1/22