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The New Berlin Public Library’s Annual Winter Reading Program is about to launch!  One of the programs we will be offering is modeled after a new movement cropping up around the global reading community called, “Slow Reading.”  In New Zealand, the popular Slow Reading Club coordinates meetings at a local café, where members grab a coffee and replace their cellphones for a book, newspaper or magazine to read for an hour.  According to the Wall Street Journal’s, “Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress”,  ”The point of the club isn't to talk about literature, but to get away from pinging electronic devices and read, uninterrupted… it is at the forefront of a movement populated by frazzled book lovers who miss old-school reading.”


We’ve decided to slow the pace as well and during this year’s Winter Reading Program, we will offer the “Steaming Cup Club” on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 9 am-11am. Similar to New Zealand’s model, we will have coffee available for you to purchase and a cozy reading space available in the library’s 2nd floor Fireside Room to enjoy an hour (or more) of slow reading. There is no registration for our Steaming Cup Club. It’s just special time that we’ve set aside to start the day stress free.  Please feel welcome to slow your pace with us, we will have the coffee, the fire and plenty to read!

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For more details about the "Slow Read" movement, contact Jerry Dombraski at the library

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January 11, 2015 @ 8:11 pm
SandyJo Henning

What a lovely idea!

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