Worthington Libraries' newest book discussion group is part of a network of nearly 300 clubs whose 2,000-plus members meet throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Israel.

Worthington Libraries' newest book discussion group is part of a network of nearly 300 clubs whose 2,000-plus members meet throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Israel.

The Next Chapter Book Club, which meets for the first time in Worthington on March 21, is an all-inclusive reading group for adults with developmental disabilities. Get-togethers are planned on the third Monday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. in Old Worthington Library's Homework Help Center, 820 High St.

Presented in partnership with the Ohio State University's Nisonger Center, the goal of the library's book club is to help participants read and learn together, have fun and make friends in a relaxed setting. All reading and ability levels will be accommodated, with staff and volunteers on hand to guide both the reading and the discussion. Time is also planned to socialize and discover library resources.

The group will focus on reading short pieces -- short stories, articles and poetry -- that can be completed during each session. Participants are encouraged to suggest reading material.

Copies of the reading will be provided during each meeting and members of the group can take turns reading aloud or simply listen as others read. A selection of related library materials that participants can check out with a library card also will be available.

No registration is necessary to attend NCBC meetings; however, book club members or their caretakers will be asked to fill out a brief intake form upon arrival. Call 614-807-2626 with questions.

Alison Eakin is an adult services librarian at Worthington Libraries.