The Page Turners are a book club that read books and have discussions about them to further their knowledge and understanding. The group used to read one to three books a semester but now usually only read one so people can find the time to finish it. They only have two meetings every semester. At the first meeting they plan what book to read and decide the date that they will discuss it. Then there is a discussion meeting where anyone who has read the book is welcome to join.
The club began in 2004. Lisa Higgins, the club’s advisor, said the books they read are “sometimes classical, bestsellers, science-fiction, children’s books, and one time we did a graphic novel.” Some of the books they have discussed in the past include: Pride and Prejudice, The Screwtape Letters, Jennifer Government, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Diary of Anne Frank.
In addition to reading books, Higgins said they also “like to collaborate with other clubs and talk about things that interest both of us, and we try to co-sponsor some readings.”
Last year they collaborated with the Spanish club where some students read a book in English and some read it in Spanish.
This year they will be discussing Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Student Services Center, Room 3245.
They chose this book because someone suggested it at the planning meeting.
The event is “an open discussion, whatever themes or topics you want to bring up we’ll talk about, we go with the flow of conversation” said Maria Perez, President of Page Turners. She also said “I always find the time to read. If you really enjoy reading, it’s not very hard to find the time for it.”
*Published in the College of DuPage Courier, 2012.