- Associated Press - Sunday, February 23, 2014

BUTCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Tucked inside the Burtchville Township Library, a group meets every other week to play Scrabble.

“Playing Scrabble, and attending the other groups keeps our minds alert,” said Lesley L. Lambright, 67, of Lakeport. “It also promotes reading. The programs draw people in and hopefully they will be prompted to read once they get here.”

The library advertises the Scrabble group with a Words with Friends draw.

“The Scrabble group could be a good bridge between the two generations,” Lambright told the Times Herald of Port Huron ( https://bwne.ws/NCaXX8 ). “If we could draw in the younger generations that play Words with Friends (an iPhone app), it could create a bridge.”

Margaret A. Kearns, 69, of Burtchville, said the Scrabble group grew from a book club.

“Our friendship grew out of that. From there, the library asked us what kind of programs we would like to see,” she said.

“It gets us out of the house and interacting with people our own age,” said Su Pegg-lane, 63, of North Street. “We would have never met if it wasn’t for the book club.”

The Scrabble group, which started almost a year ago, meets from 1-4 p.m. every other Tuesday.

It’s not the only program at the small library - offerings range from crafts to art to a family movie night and are aimed at seniors, teens, kids and families.

“The programs act as a hub for people to meet new friends,” said Michelle Fisher, Burtchville Library programmer and assistant branch librarian.

“The classes and programs are well attended for a small town,” she said.

All of the groups and classes meet in the Burtchville Township Old Town Hall connected to the library. The hall was a one-room school-house in the late-1800s.

Art classes, card groups, storytelling, crafts, family movie night and teen programs make up the monthly calendar for the library.

“We go to the book club and art class as well,” Kearns said.

Fisher said she tries to set out books that relate to each activity.

“The groups that are at the library really have a diverse background,” Pegg-lane said. “We have always loved Scrabble, but we all bring something unique to the table. It has really created a great sense of community.”


Information from: Times Herald, https://www.thetimesherald.com

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