Literary Department plans Book Review Luncheon

WEIRTON – The Literary Department of the Weirton Woman’s Club, a General Federation of Women’s Clubs of West Virginia member organization, met March 17 at Undo’s.

Chair Diana Durst welcomed members and guests Rik Rekowski and Lora Crow. Susan S. Smith gave the inspiration, discussing the life of St. Patrick. Members recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Barb Raynolds gave the Literary Light and reviewed “Sycamore Row,” by John Grisham, and “King and Maxwell,” by David Balducci.

Courtesy Chair Minnie Pazich announced 25 members and two guests were in attendance.

Molly Mossor reported the next Teddy Bear Tea will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 23 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library. Each child attending will receive a teddy bear and will have a chance to win door prizes of either a book or a teddy bear. A short bear video will be viewed. Following the magic show by Jim “The Magic Man” Tate, the Literary Department will serve punch and cookies.

Minnie Pazich will give the April inspiration, and Carol Village will present the Literary Light. Village held a used book sale to help replenish children’s books and the Mary H. Weir Public Library. She will hold another sale at the next meeting, and hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents.

Book Review Luncheon Chair Sandra Robbins reported the 49th Book Review Luncheon will be held at 2 p.m. May 25 at the Serbian American Cultural Center. Reviewer Nancy Ellen O’Leary will discuss the autobiography “This Time Together: Laughter and Reflections With Carol Burnett.” There will be a drawing for a Kindle Fire HD. Drawing tickets are available at the library for $2. The drawing will be held the day of the event. Tickets for the luncheon are $25 and may be purchased from Robbins or any committee member.

Durst discussed the West Virginia 150 Reads contest the department held in conjunction with the Mary H. Weir Public Library and State Department’s Project: WV Reads 150. Members decided to continue the reading challenge this year, and members are encouraged to read and record number of books read by December 2014.

Mossor reported on the basket drawing; $811 was donated to the Mary H. Weir Public Library for the purchase of new books.

The Nominating Committee, including Jeanne Amidon, Susan Slowikowski and Betty Kraina, will select a slate of new officers to be installed in September.

Enid Williams introduced the program, “Remember When, Part Two.” Lora Crow, a 56-year member, spoke about all the projects she was involved in and especially the work the department did for the library. Sandra Robbins, a 31-year member, spoke about her first trip to state convention and remembered the late Irene Kucan and shared stories about her. Teresa McGown, 25-year member, talked about being involved in fundraising and her joy at being a member of club. The final club member to speak was Pam Makricosta, also a 25-year member. She remembered the Literary Department helping with story hour and also helping with the newly opened computer center in 1985. She also talked about members helping people to become United States citizens.

Helen Gibson, Susan Slowikowski, and Minnie Pazich won door prizes donated by Carol Village.

The next department meeting will be held April 21. It will be a poetry corner, and members will reflect on a favorite poet or poem.