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Book club will start with 'The Rosie Project,' by Graeme Simsion, and will meet monthly

A variety of stories will soon be discussed at the Viola Community Club.

The club, located in the Historic Viola Schoolhouse at 22364 Redland Road, is the home of a recently-formed book group.

Voila resident Chelle Mitchell, who is leading the group, said the book club will give community members valuable opportunities to better get to know each another.

"When you discuss your interpretations of books and characters, you show a little bit of

yourself and form bonds," she said.

The club meets from 7-9 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, beginning on Oct. 18, at the community club. For October, the group's three members are reading "The Rosie Project," by Graeme Simsion.

"It's a fun book," Mitchell said. "It's about a college professor who wants to get married, but doesn't want to date. So he creates a computer program that women can use to apply to be his wife."

She added that if people are interested in joining the group but aren't able to finish the book prior to the Oct. 18 meeting, they are still welcome to at-

tend. The group's next book will be selected at the October meeting.

"I would love to see a diverse group of people who want to share what they think about different books," Mitchell said, noting that both men and women are welcome in the group. "We are really hoping for a few more members."

Mitchell said there are several benefits to reading books in community.

"It might expand the genres you read and help you read books you might not otherwise read," she said. "It can broaden your experience of literature and the world. You might read differently, and pay more attention to the details, if you know you'll be discussing the book."

She also thinks the book group's meeting location is valuable. Built in 1893, classes were held in the one-room schoolhouse until 1949. More than a century after its creation, the building still has many of its original features today.

"It's an amazing treasure for our rural community," Mitchell said.

Viola Community Club members also plan to host yoga classes and guest speakers at the location.

"I want people to know (that the club is) here for the community," emphasized Mitchell.

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