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Inaugural book club program to hold final meeting of season

By Staff | Apr 25, 2018

The community has one more opportunity to take part in the island’s seasonal book club.

The Captiva Island Reads! All Island Book Club will meet on April 30 at 7 p.m. at the Captiva Civic Center. Hosted by the Captiva Civic Association, the program is free and open to the community.

For the last meeting, the club will discuss “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee.

Lisa Riordan, president of the association, explained that it is the first season for the program.

“We were just creating activities that we thought folks would be interested in and we came up with an island-wide book club,” she said, noting that the meetings were held monthly starting with January.

“I have to say, the first meeting we were blown away,” Riordan added.

Nearly 30 people attended, a combination of association members and non-members.

“People are very enthusiastic about it and really enjoy it,” she said.

Large and small crowds have attended the discussions, which last about an hour.

The theme of American classics was chosen for the program’s first season.

“I actually saw it when I was up north at the library and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s an interesting idea,” Riordan said. “For the most part, people are rereading something they read as a teenager.”

Reading them as an adult with life experience seems to offer a different perspective.

“It’s nice to read it again for your own pleasure and discuss what you thought about the book back then versus what you think about the book now,” she said.

In January, the group discussed “Cannery Row,” followed by “The Old Man and the Sea” in February and “1984” in March. After the first one, the participants decided what to read for the next month.

Riordan noted the meeting on “The Old Man and the Sea,” a perhaps tedious read for youth.

“After life experience and reading the book at this point in our lives, it was an interesting discussion about the old man and the symbolism of the fish,” she said. “It’s very interesting to see the book though an adult’s eyes.”

Only intended to be a seasonal program, there has been talk of continuing it through the summer.

“However, there are plans to continue this next season,” Riordan said.

The possible summer program, along with next season’s theme, could be discussed at the meeting.

“Get involved in the discussion for what we’re going to do,” she said, encouraging the community to take part in the last meeting. “We’d like to get people’s input on what people would like to read.”

The book club is one of many events hosted by the association throughout the season.

From January to March, qigong classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“We’re planning some wine tastings with some food pairings,” Riordan said of next season. “This year we had a beer tasting – we’re looking into doing another beer tasting, also.”

The association hosted its first yappy happy hour.

Attendees were asked to bring donations of pet food or treats for F.I.S.H of Sanibel-Captiva.

“We plan to do one or two of those next year, as well,” she said.

There were also four art shows held.

Riordan noted that the first art show for next season is scheduled a little earlier in December.

For more information, contact the CCA at 239-472-2111 or info@CCAcaptiva.org.

The Captiva Civic Center is at 11550 Chapin Lane.