Learn about America's oldest continuous book club and how you can become a member! Each month a different book from the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific (CLSC) book list will be discussed. Optional boxed lunch provided. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to reserve your copy of discussion titles. Discussions held at 12 Noon on the following Thursdays:
September 26: Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, by Mark Bowden
October 31: Making Toast: A Family Story,  by Roger Rosenblatt
November 21: The Archivist: A Novel , by Martha Cooley
December 19: Midnight Rising: John Brown & the Raid That Sparked the Civil War,  by Tony Horwitz
The CLSC is the oldest, continuous book club/home reading course in America. Introduced in 1878 by Bishop John Heyl Vincent, one of the two founders of Chautauqua Institution, it has graduated a class from the four-year reading course every year since 1882. The program is run by Chautauqua Institution: its selects the books, keeps the records, and distributes diplomas at the annual graduation(Recognition Day). In 1892, the collection of graduated CLSC classes joined together to form the Alumni Association and took as their first task the building of Alumni Hall. This headquarters of the association, opened in 1893, has served and continues to serve as a gathering and meeting location for the many classes of the CLSC and most of the summer-season offerings of the Alumni Association. It is also the repository of the historic class banners (50 of the most fragile banners rest in our state-of-the-art climate-controlled room in the Oliver Archives Center) and CLSC books from 1878 to the present. For more information about the CLSC click here.