College, Career, and Coffee Book Club

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The College, Career, and Coffee Book Club is the latest adult book club program at the Statesville branch of the Iredell County Public Library. The first Thursday of every month, we gather together to discuss the books we have read dealing with a particular theme. Instead of everyone reading the same book, we are able to read according to our preferences within a general topic. The purpose of our group is to stretch beyond just talking about plots and characters. We talk about the emotions we feel when read a certain book, the history behind the story, and we are able to recommend books to others and read books we normally would never have thought to pick up. Coffee and snacks are provided at these meetings, because let's face it, nothing goes better with books than coffee. Be sure to follow us on the library's Pinterest board for the CCC Book Club as well as the blog attached to this page. Join us for the best book club you'll ever find!

2017 Reading Challenge for the CCC Book Club

  • January 5, 2017- A Book You Can Read In A Day
We are all exhausted after the holidays and would like a break, no doubt. Read a short story or something simple you think you could finish in a day. Feel free to challenge yourself and read more than one. What do you appreciate about a short story?

  • February 2, 2017- A Book You Own But Never Read
We all have those books that we bought but never had a chance to read. Now is your chance! Why did you purchase this book and why did the poor thing end up neglected on your shelf? After reading it, are you sorry you waited so long?

  • March 2, 2017- A Book Published Before You Were Born
In honor of Becca’s birthday (the haunting Ides of March), challenge yourself to read something published before you were born. Read something published a decade before, or read an ancient Greek classic! Whatever floats your boat, just make sure you were not alive when the book came out.

  • April 6, 2017- A Book Clubber Recommendation
In February you will have drawn someone’s name to recommend a book to them. Someone else in the group did the same for you. Having read what someone else recommended, what are your thoughts? Would you have picked this book up if it had not been recommended to you? Would you, in turn, recommend it to someone else?

  • May 4, 2017- A Book You Previously Abandoned
Every book deserves a second chance. Maybe the book bored you, or you could not attach yourself to the characters, whatever the reason, we all have books we have not finished. Now is the time to pick it back up, give it another go, and finish what you started. Why did you put the book down? Are you happy you finished it? (Natalie, this means anything you have brought to book club in the past…literally…ANYTHING.)

  • June 1, 2017- A Book You Should Have Read In School
As school graduations approach, look back on your own school experience. Read a book you should have read while in school. Maybe you did read it and want to revisit it, or maybe you couldn’t bring yourself to finish it and want to try again. Why do schools find this book so important that they require young people to read it? What are your thoughts on it as an adult?

  • July 6, 2017- A Book That Changes The World
This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Build a Better World.” Read a book that encompasses this theme. What makes the world a better place and the people in it better? Read a book about people making a difference in their communities. Or about our changing environment and what we can do to help. Or pick a book that inspires you to take action to make your own world/community a better place. There are many different interpretations of this theme, but what does it mean to you?

  • August 3, 2017- Re-Reads
Read a book that was one of your all-time favorites, but you have not read in a while. Why was it your favorite? After re-reading it, do you feel differently about it? Or did reading it again justify why it earned a spot on your favorites list?

  • September 7, 2017- A Book That Intimidates You
Summer is almost over and during the month of August we are all trying to unwind as the kids get ready for school and the librarians take a breather from Summer Reading. With the extra time on your hands, pick a book that intimidates you. It doesn’t have to be a thick book, but something that challenges you intellectually, spiritually, or emotionally. Did you finish the book? Why did you find it so intimidating in the first place?

  • October 5, 2017- Banned Books
Celebrate Banned Books Week by reading a book that was once on the list. Do your research! Discover why that book was banned and share your thoughts on the reason. Do you think it should have been banned? Did you enjoy the book?

  • November 2, 2017- Battle Of The Books
Every year North Carolina releases titles for their Battle of the Books list and young people from around the state read these selections for an annual competition. Read a book that, past or present, has made that list. Juvenile and Young Adult books can be a break from the traditional adult reading we’re used to, but these titles can also surprise you. Why do you think kids/young adults should read this book? As an adult, how did you feel about it?

  • December 7, 2017- A Book Published This Year
Looking back on the year, pick a book that came out this year. Explain why you chose this particular book and how it affected you. Reflect on your personal reading schedule for the year. Did you meet you goals?
  1. For more information about the CCC Book Club, contact Shellie Kennedy at 704.528.2682 or or Lisa McBroom at 704.878.3097 or