By David Steinberg

The title of the event is “Book Club Bonanza” and the idea is to bring together people who are members of book clubs and to tell them about the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library’s many services.

The event will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2 at the Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE.

“We also want to have book club members share ideas with each other. We know that book groups are avid library users,” said Judy Gibbon, vice president of the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation and a member of Book Babes book club.

“We’re calling this event a ‘friend-raiser,’” Gibbon said.

The event will include several roundtable discussions on various topics, she said. So far 62 people have signed up for the event. “You don’t have to belong to a book club to come,” she said.

There is no fee to for the event but the foundation is asking those attending to make a $5 donation.

However, registration is requested. To register, go to the website http://www.abqlibraryfoundation.org. The registration form asks the prospective attendee to share some recent titles that their book group has read and liked, Gibbon said.

The “Book Club Bonanza will also be an opportunity for the foundation to inform attendees about itself. The foundation was founded to support the public library system. “We raise money. We work cooperatively with the Friends for the Public Library. We reach out to the community and to private individuals who love the library because they use it all the time,” Gibbon said.

There are two other upcoming foundation-sponsored events: Author Anne Hillerman will discuss her new mystery “Rock With Wings” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 at the South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE. $5 admission. And for the other, Corrales native Mira Jacob (“A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing”) and Albuquerque native Kirstin Valdez Quade (“Night at the Fiestas”) will be in conversation at the KiMo Theatre, Fifth and Central NW, on June 13. Admission is free.

“We’re bringing authors to speak to the public. We want to make them more available to people,” Gibbon said.

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