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George Memorial Library Invites Adult Readers to Escape with “Wandering Words”

June/July 2024

Fort Bend County Libraries invites adult readers to disengage this summer – just for a little while – from the stress of everyday life and work, social media and television, and adulting in general and stop by the library to relax during a designated hour of silent reading, free of distractions and responsibilities, with live music adding ambiance to the soothing experience.

This series of silent reading parties, “Wandering Words: An Exploration of Stories Through Music, Art, & Movement,” will take place in June and July at George Memorial Library in Richmond.

Each month, readers are invited to bring a book -- relating to a particular theme -- to read to themselves. Live, curated music by Garage Arts Project – supporting the theme of the month -- will play in the background. At the end of the first hour, readers will have an opportunity to talk about their reading choices and how they relate to the theme. The event will culminate with a short finale by the featured performing artist.

Similar to a book club, silent reading parties provide an opportunity for like-minded people to socialize – if they wish -- and connect over their books as icebreakers. Silent reading parties also hold individuals -- who like to read but never seem to find the time -- accountable for taking a break from their busy lives and committing to an hour of reading.

Kelsey Lee Bland with guitar

The series will kick off on Saturday, June 22, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. The theme for June is “Love and Betrayal” or “New Beginnings.” Readers are also challenged to broaden their literary horizons and their knowledge of other cultures by finding a book relating to the featured theme that is written by a foreign author.

Featured performing artists in June include Kelsey Lee Bland (vocals/guitar) and Justice Baker (djembe).

The series will continue on July 20, with the theme of “Independence.”

Sponsored by the Friends of George Memorial Library, this adults-only event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online, click here to register for the June event. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-341-2604, or by visiting the library.