Winnett’s Rimrock Readers celebrate 10 years

Winnett’s Rimrock Book Club members include (from left) Karen Hale, Phyllis Hanson, RayeAnn Lund, Deb Rowton, Blanche Weigum, Nancy Freburg, Nicole Tholt, (front row) Mary Brindley, Donna Lund, Dorris Morton and Terry Lewis.     Photo courtesy of Bonnie Dill

Petroleum County isn’t exactly over-stuffed with people, so when the concept of forming a book club took root, it wasn’t a sure thing that there would be enough interested people for lively discussions. No worries: Ten years later, the group is still growing and going.

The word went out, and quite a few gathered at the Petroleum County Library on Sept. 19, 2006 to test the waters. The group chose the name “Rimrock Readers,” determined that they would meet on the second Thursday of the month, and discussed which books they wanted to read first. So many books and so little time, but the first selection was “Blind Your Ponies” by Stanley Gordon West.

The following month, even more members arrived at 7 p.m., just dying to talk about the colorful characters and the story itself. From then on, more and more people jumped on the Rimrock bandwagon, until up to 25 have attended the lively discussions. To date, the wide range of members has read an equally wide range of books. The participants bring in titles and decide in advance about nine month’s worth of selections. Librarians make use of inter-library loan to order enough books for the group.

By their 10th anniversary, celebrated at their Sept. 8 meeting, the Rimrock Readers had read nearly 120 books – some excellent, some a disappointment. Since they aim to dabble in many genres, naturally “reads” appeal to some folks more than others. But even those selections that weren’t popular generated quite a discussion. When the readers hit each 50-book-milestone, they celebrate and hang a poster listing the titles in the library.

Their meetings are still held on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the library. The doors are wide open for new members who are over-stuffed with a desire to tear into a good book, a great discussion, and make some life-long friends while they’re at it.

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