Business Book Club gives members an avenue of discovery

Club celebrates four years of inspiration, lively book discussion and camaraderie

HENDERSON, Nev. – Business is business, but business books are personal when it comes to the titles that inspire business-minded types to try new things. Henderson Libraries’ Business Book Club, which celebrates its fourth anniversary this year, provides entrepreneurs, executives and business owners of all types, in all industries, with an avenue for discovery.

The book club meets on the second Friday of every other month at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, and gives members the opportunity to read six new books and discuss six new topics every year.

“I love business books, don’t get me wrong, but letting others pick the books lets me read books I normally wouldn’t,” said James Peters, who has been a member of the Business Book Club for the last year. “And I’ve met a group of people I wouldn’t have met otherwise.”

Peters began attending Business Book Club meetings about a year ago, and although he’d always been a fan of business books, this club was different. Whether it was a the mix of people in the group, the conversations and discussions they had or the books they read, Peters was inspired to finally write and finish a business book of his own. “The Prosperity Track” was self-published and released in trade paperback and digital versions in August.

Peters’ relationship with the library helped in the creation of his book. Although he kept his writing to himself during book club meetings, he listened carefully to the feedback club members gave other books and incorporated their thoughts into the creation of his book.

Rachelle Basso, adult services librarian at the Green Valley Library, doesn’t have a business background like others in the group, but still finds the club useful in her own life.

“A lot of books we read aren’t all business related. They’re self-help books,” she said.

Book clubs are typically for pleasure reading, and the Business Book Club is no different, Basso said. There is usually a deeper meaning to the books, whether they are strictly business or skew to the self-help side.

“There are a lot of ‘a-ha’ moments for people in the Business Book Club. And I think they are personal ‘a-ha’ moments,” Basso said. “It has really challenged me to come out of my shell.”

The group also introduces business-minded people to the libraries’ business resources. In addition to the Business Book Club, Peters was also an instructor for a personal finance series at the Paseo Verde Library, where he realized the topic of his own book.

“I think the library is an excellent resource for business information. We have access to databases and books Henderson residents can use,” Basso said. “It’s a different aspect as to how people use the libraries.”

The Business Book Club meets on the second Friday of every other month at noon at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway at Sunset Road. The club will discuss “Your Company Sucks: It’s Time to Declare War on Yourself” by Mark Stevens on Friday, Oct. 11, and “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” by Eckhart Tolle on Friday, Dec. 13. The first meeting of 2014 will take place on Friday, Feb. 14 when the group will discuss “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace Wattles.

Established in 1943 as a single library in Downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries operates four locations throughout Henderson. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Clark County School District and all other libraries around the state to provide quality service for Nevada’s residents.

For additional information on Henderson Libraries, visit www.mypubliclibrary.com or call 702-492-6581.

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