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ROUSES POINT - A year and a half since a book club was started at Dodge Memorial Library, it is still going strong.

With the help of Friends of the Library member Wendy Engelbrecht, the library began their book club in August 2008.

"I think we started with ... trying to decide whether there was an interest in our group," she said.

During the group's first meeting, five people showed up.

"We had a small turn out, but now we have a good size and we've kept at it," said Engelbrecht.

Part of what makes the group so successful is the group doesn't have a set list of books to read.

"We together as a group have chosen books," she said. "Everybody makes a suggestion. We try to pick something that each person has come up with so that everybody knows that at some point their going to read a book they choose."

Other libraries in the Northern Tier have tried, unsuccessfully, to have a book club. Dodge Library in West Chazy, Mooers Free Library and Chazy Public Library all hope to start a book club if they can find the interest in their communities.

"It's a great way to meet new and different people and talk about books," Engelbrecht said. "If you like to read, even if not everybody in the club likes the same thing, you get some great discussion."

"I think that enhances the enjoyment of books when you talk about them," she added. "I would definitely encourage it."

Engelbrecht has found the book club members haven't always agreed on a book to read, yet the group is open-minded enough they go with the consensus.

"It is true that some people said, 'Well, I never would have chosen this book, but it turned out to be okay.' Other times things flop," she said. "You win some, you lose some."

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