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This fall, Jefferson County Public Library is hosting an alternative take on the traditional book group. BYOB(ook) Group is a monthly, themed book group meeting at Westfax Brewing Company, 6733 W. Colfax Ave., in Lakewood, on the second Wednesday of the month (Oct. 10), from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and a second group at Wheat Ridge’s Colorado Plus Brew Pub, 6995 W. 38th Ave., on Oct. 8.

“We want to reach people who might not normally come into the library but still want that sense of community with other book lovers,” said Jennifer Kim, JCPL adult services librarian. “The themes ensure that participants don’t feel limited to read a specific book each month, rather they allow participants to explore new genres with the flexibility to choose their own titles.”

People come prepared to talk about books that fall into the given theme in a casual setting and enjoy happy-hour prices, then leave with book recommendations for the rest of their summer and fall reading.

Upcoming dates and themes at WestFax include: Oct. 10, a book that is translated from a different language; Nov. 14, a non-fiction graphic novel; and Dec. 12, a book with a cover you hate.

The Wheat Ridge group’s dates and themes will include: a book of short stories, Oct. 8; a book with characters from a culture other than your own, Nov. 12; and a book of 21st-century poetry, Dec. 10.

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