GULFPORT, FLORIDA — The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library announces the formation of a new LGBTQ book club. The first organizational meeting is scheduled for Monday February 5 at 6 p.m. at the Library (5501 28th Avenue South).
Those interested are encouraged to bring their favorite books with them and we will be discussing these as time allows. The meeting will also be an organizational one so that participants can chose what books they will read in the future. Plans call for the club to meet monthly on the first Monday.
“We are fortunate in Gulfport to have so many active readers and we hope that the book club will give an opportunity to share our reading experiences with each other,” said Greg Stemm, a member of the LGBTQ Resource Center committee and organizer. “In this setting we will be reading books with gay-related themes and/or written by LGBTQ authors. “It is Gulfport however,” he continued, “So any straight allies that would like to participate are certainly welcome.”
In the organizational meeting participants will be charged with putting together the structure of the club and how we handle selections. Some clubs all read the same book, while others pick a genre like mystery or science fiction and members all read different books in that genre. It is hoped that many of the selections chosen will be part of the ever-growing collection of materials dealing with LBGTQ issues that are part of the Resource Center. Organizers plan to have a list of possible selections from which participants can choose in addition to selections offered by the participants.
The LGBTQ Resource Center is a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Library. The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family. Find out more about the Resource Center, the Circle of Friends and the Library on the web at www.mygulfport.us/gpl or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.com.