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Column: Taking the plunge with the Grand County Libraries Virtual Book Club

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Members of the GCLD Virtual Book Club gathered at the Hot Sulfur Springs Library on August 6.
Grand County Library District/Courtesy Photo

Although Colorado is landlocked, that didn’t stop adults from diving into an “ocean of possibility” during the summer reading program hosted by the Grand County Library District (GCLD). GCLD’s Virtual Book Club has taken the plunge and engaged in a variety of ocean-themed books, movies, outdoor adventures, library programs and more.

Members searched AtoZ databases for countries and ethnic recipes, hiked lakes and waterfalls in Colorado and beyond, toured the Pacific Ocean, listened to scuba diving adventures, found similar reads on NoveList, discovered the Continental Divide Trail, gazed at Niagara Falls, and more. A family has even visited the creeks and lakes of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s childhood!

In addition, members discovered several entertaining, enlightening and inspirational readings. Below are some of their recommendations:



sea ​​stories

“Jaws” by Peter Benchley: “Take a bite of this one! Intense. Different from the movie, but I’m interested in reading the sequel. (Anonymous)

Pirates and Mermaids

Eli Brown’s “Cinnamon & Gunpowder”: “It was a fun spin on a pirate adventure. A chef is kidnapped and forced to cook for his life. Chaos, incredible food and sword battles. (Sarah)



“Bloody Jack” by LA Meyer: “A very amusing story about an orphan girl, disguised as a boy, who enlists with the HMS Dolphin. Will she be a heroine when they encounter danger and pirates?” (Anonymous )

Water documentary

“The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island” by Linda Greenlaw: Set on Isle au Haut in Maine, this is a “story of the lobster and fishing industry by one woman who was the first and most successful swordfish boat captain on the east coast for 17 years.(Michèle)

water-related fiction

“People We Meet on Vacation” by Emily Henry: “This was a fun read with a light plot. I even burst out laughing for a few parts! It’s fun for those who enjoy travel and difficult relationships. (Anonymous)

Rachel Hawkins’ ‘Reckless Girls’: “Action throughout the book keeps you hooked until the end. The mystery is so good you won’t want to put it down! (Chelsea)

By the sea

“At the Water’s Edge” by Sara Gruen: “A story set at the end of the Second World War near the edge of Lock Ness Lake in Inverness, Scotland. A wealthy young couple pursue their dream of finding the Loch Ness Monster in hopes of becoming famous. Their journey changes everything. (Anonymous)

This fall, the Virtual Book Club celebrates Books About Books, affectionately known as “Library Lit,” about bookstores, libraries, and librarians – both fiction and non-fiction.

All adult GCLD cardholders are invited to participate! Browse the library catalog suggestions in the Library Lit category. You will also find book presentations on the club’s Facebook group, called “GCLD’s Virtual Book Club”. Or, select your own reading! Then join us for gender celebrations scheduled for Nov. 7 at the Kremmling Library and Nov. 9 at the Hot Sulfur Springs Library. Contact these libraries for more information.