Bonding over books

Photo by Andrea Poteet

Nicole Dmitruchina (left) and her daughter, Lara, peruse a copy of the club’s next month, Frank Cottrell Boyce’s “Cosmic.” The mother-daughter book club meets once a month at Bacon Memorial District Library.

Library club unites mothers and daughters

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WYANDOTTE — Once a month, Nicole Dmitruchina and her daughter, Lara, explore exotic lands with each page they flip.

And through the Mother/Daughter Book Club at Bacon Memorial District Library, they also get to know each other better.

“That’s what I like about it,” Dmitruchina said. “It was something we could do together.”

Dmitruchina and her 12-year-old daughter are one of three sets of mothers and daughters currently enrolled in the club, which began last month.

It consists of girls 9 and older and their mothers or other special women in their lives. They read young adult books from a variety of genres. So far, they have read “When You Reach Me,” by Rebecca Stead and “Savvy” by Ingrid Law. Next month’s book will be Frank Cottrell Boyce’s “Cosmic.”

Lara Dmitruchina said she especially liked “Savvy,” which was like the fantasy novels she usually reads. In the book, a girl receives supernatural powers on her 13th birthday and tries to use them to wake her comatose father.

“I liked the ending,” she said. “It totally surprised you.”

She said she also likes discussing the books with the other club members.

Her mother said she and her daughter were always avid readers, but with a 3-year-old son at home, they didn’t always get the chance to spend much quality time together. The club allows them to share a mutual pastime and spend some one-on-one time together, she said.

“When I saw the posting, I thought it’d be something nice for the two of us,” she said.

Reference librarian Laura Gramlich said eventually she hopes to have more members in the club, which meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.

The idea came from youth librarian, Kelly Ray, who has young daughters of her own and thought the club would let mothers share a common interest with their preteen daughters.

“She thought it would be a good idea for mothers and daughters to spend time together,” Gramlich said. “And this way, you can get an idea of what they’re reading.”

For more information contact the Bacon Memorial District Library at (734) 246-8357.