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Cathy Summa-Wolfe
, Director
Communications & Community Relations

Emeritus Students Launch Favorite Book Reading and Barter

KENTFIELD, Calif.— February 16, 2010Book lovers whose lives have been changed by a single passage, an adventurous character or a beloved author who swept them away have a new venue to share their treasured find thanks to Emeritus Students College of Marin who have launched a monthly gathering for just that event.

Beginning March 5, ESCOM members will be hosting a lunch time Book Barter where everyone is welcome to read from a favorite book and talk about it for a few minutes. People will have the chance to swap books if they choose or just share ideas.

“We are sharing our love of literature,” said Karen Hammeter, ESCOM co-president. For her, it will be Travels With Herodotus By Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski whose journey through Northern Africa is portrayed through the eyes of the fifth-century-B.C. Greek ‘Father of History.’

“Those of us who love books often read them without having anybody to share our joy with and our excitement,” Hemmeter said. “This is meant to bring people together and give people an opportunity to talk about their book and read a passage out loud. It’s quite different from a book club.

The drop-in group is open to the general public and people are welcome to bring their own lunch. If there is enough interest, it will continue through the year.

WHAT: Book Barter

WHEN: 12-1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 5; Friday, April 2; & Friday, May 7

WHERE: College of Marin Emeritus Center, Building 148, Room 146, 835 College Ave., Kentfield

COST: Free

MORE INFORMATION: (415) 485-9652;

About Emeritus Students College of Marin
The Emeritus Students College of Marin (ESCOM) is an association dedicated to the promotion and participation of lifelong learners. There are currently about 515 members associated with 20 Emeritus clubs (Adventurers Club, Architectural Models, Bocce, Bridge, Classic Cinema, Current Events & Issues Club, French Club, Great Books Discussion Group, Great Ideas in Philosophy Club, Humanities Club, Italian Club, IVC Book Forum, Jazz Club, Music Listening, Opera and Beyond, Scrabble Club, Spanish Club, Travel Club, Writers' Workshop). Membership is $15 per year. The organization has offices on both the Kentfield and Novato campuses.

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