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Anatomy of a Book Club: Up Close with KIRB Appeal Book Club Members #1

Posted on in Book, OverDrive/Libby.

Delois Walters: Library Assistant, Book Club Moderator

In the upcoming weeks, I’ll introduce members of KIRB Appeal, a multi-generational, diverse book club that meets at the Bob Kirby Branch Library. 


Our first two featured readers, Darlene Whitlow and Vicki Leedom are former colleagues as well as friends. Both are fans of WCPL’s digital collection, reading 4 or more books per month.  

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls (Available through Overdrive & Libby)

Darlene recently retired from the post office after serving Warren County for 30 years. Her husband Brent also attends book club occasionally and serves as the group’s resident photographer.

Delois: Darlene, name a book club selection that you would highly recommend?

Darlene: I would have to say that one of my favorites is the New York Times Bestseller, The Glass Castle, I have listened to it and read it several times.

Delois: What is it about this autobiography that fascinates you?

Darlene Whitlow, retired; USPS Letter Carrier

Darlene: I liked this book because although it was true, it was almost unbelievable. I normally read fiction but I couldn’t put this book down because it made me laugh and cry. It was great to read how the author and her siblings triumphed over their unconventional upbringing.

Delois: About 10 members of KIRB Appeal went together as group to view the movie when it was released. How would you rate the movie? 

Darlene: It’s as a good companion to the book, and I enjoyed it, but to fully understand the story, read the book first!

Delois:  Final question: What are you doing to keep busy during the pandemic? 

Darlene: One of my favorite pastimes is traveling, so since that’s not possible, I have dusted off my sewing machine and am trying my hand at making a jacket. I have also made protective masks for myself and several family members. I am praying that our community will come out of this crisis stronger than ever. 

The Glass Castle is available to download through the WCPL digital catalog as an eBook or an audiobook through OverDrive & Libby.

Becoming by Michelle Obama (Available through Overdrive & Libby)

DW:  Vicki, you read a lot! What title is currently at the top of your favorite’s list.

VL:  Becoming, by our former First Lady, Michelle Obama. It answered a lot of the questions I had about her life. The book has gone on to become a bestselling, Grammy Award winner. Before reading the book, I was a fan of hers, but even more so afterwards. I was impressed with how she and President Obama worked together and made life decisions as a couple. But I felt a strong connection with her desire to give back to her community even before she became First Lady. That really aligns with my personal ideology. My husband Gerald and I really like to give back.

DW: What are some of your favorite causes?

Vicki Leedom, retired; USPS Passport/Window Clerk

VL: We give to the Humane Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, and Feeding America just to name a few of our favorite organizations. Right now, during the crisis, we are focusing on donating to local food pantries as well, and I highly encourage others to do the same.

DW: Vicki, I know you have suffered several health setbacks. Tell me what brings joy to your life?

VL: When I am healthy, I really look forward to attending KIRB Appeal Book Club, socializing with old and new friends there, meeting authors at book club events and so much more. At home, I have 2 dogs, 3 grandchildren and a wonderful husband who mean the world to me!

Becoming is available to download through the WCPL digital catalog as an eBook or an audiobook through OverDrive & Libby.

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