Reading is typically thought of as a solitary experience but over the years, book clubs have become increasingly popular and belonging to a book club adds a social element to an already healthy activity. As we age, maintaining social connections provides mental and physical benefits.

Numerous studies point out the benefits of reading, such as: - Increased vocabulary

- Reduced stress

- Lowered chances of Alzheimer’s disease

- Improved attention span

- Increased empathy for others

Whether you already love to read and want to broaden your choice of books, you’re looking for a new way to build relationships with your friends and neighbors, or you want to meet new people, a book club can stimulate your mind while you have fun.

The Charleston Public Library offers 3 monthly book clubs for children and adults. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 479-965-2605. — Adult Book Club meets on Thursday, February 27th at 10 AM — After-Hours Ladies Night Book Club meets on Tuesday, March 24th at 5:30 PM — Book Wizards Kids Book Club meets on Thursday, March 12th at 3:30 PM