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February 5, 2013

Hamilton Readers' Club celebrates 45 years

HAMILTON — Ginny Seavey held up “The Light Between Oceans,” a novel by M.L. Stedman, in front of the group gathered inside the town’s old library yesterday.

“It is a page turner,” she said. “It really catches you. I won’t tell you what happened, but I really liked it.”

Seavey, 89, of Hamilton is one of the founding members of the Readers’ Club, which has been going strong for 45 years. Unlike a book club, the group gathers on the first Monday of each month to review what they’ve been reading and make recommendations.

“Everybody is different,” Seavey said. “Some people like mysteries, true stuff, historical stuff; it’s quite a mix. So you get a little bit of everything.”

Many books were scattered across the table in front of the group as they met yesterday, everything from “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel to “Alex Cross’s Trial” by James Patterson.

The group was started in 1968 by Jean Buckley, who is currently one of the trustees of the Hamilton-Wenham Library. It originally met at the Hamilton Library on Bay Road. While the library has moved to Union Street since merging with Wenham in 2001, the group still meets in the old library building, now run by the Council on Aging.

Seavey said the group is more than a book club; it’s a place to meet new friends. When finished with the book reviews, they talk about current events around the world and things happening around town.

People find out about the group through word of mouth, Seavey said. It started with only a few people and has grown to about 15. “It is still going on when other clubs have faded away, because new people always come,” Seavey said.

Seavey calls each member of the group the Sunday night before the meeting to remind them to join in on the discussion.

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