Zimbabwe: Gweru memorial library launches book Club

By Alfred Tembo – In a bid to promoting a reading culture in Midlands Province, Gweru Memorial Library has launched an elite book club to put the idea forth into life.

Speaking on the sidelines of the bookworms’ elite club launch, Ignatius Chamunorwa Musonza told shout-africa.com on Friday that the initiative will go a long way in unifying readers and writers and allow them to read and comment on some the world’s classical books. “This has opened opportunities for readers and writers to interacting on regular basis to share and compare notes on selected books. The initiative is a noble idea aimed at developing literary skills.” Musonza said.

The board member who doubles as a Children’s literature author, said records institute will become the focal point of in creating a new society that will support the agenda of coming up with an reading community. “It is healthy for the community, to have such clubs that want to preserve the culture of reading that have slowly been eroded in the past.” said Musonza.

Hopewell Gandiwa encourage members to understand the concept of the book club citing that it brings about development in the country’s literary landscape a whole.

“Through reading and criticizing the books these books we will come too appreciate literature. In the process it brings about a sustainable development in the country’s book industry.”

The book club was officially launched by reading an extract from the first chapter of “To kill a mocking bird” a book by Harper Lee which was read by Hellen Kauma will go along way in exploring the deciphered messages and lessons in the world’s literary books which were published internationally and locally.

However the book club launch coincided with the International Education week which runs from 14 to 18 November of every year.