January 1st, 2016

This morning I woke up with this quote swimming in my head... “Books are like beacons of light opening our world to infinite possibilities.”

This is certainly true for me, and has been such a wonderful gift since I began my second life at the Morro Bay Library. I have no idea if this quote belongs to anybody, or if it is mine to claim. Still, I can't help but wonder what I was dreaming. Either way, I hope this year you will find books to be beacons for you. And, if you haven't yet, I hope you also might consider joining a Book Group. It can bring you such a wonderful sense of community! Cheers to a fabulous new year! — Karen S. Robert


The Morro Bay Book Discussion Group is a free program of the Morro Bay Library.

We are made up of a community of readers and students of life interested in learning and exploring, who come together to discuss books.

Please download the booklists above to know which book we are discussing each week.

Through your enthusiasm for the Wellness Wednesdays program, you have shared how important it would be to have a place to talk about health and wellness issues on a regular basis that mattered most to women. So, I am happy to announce that we have created a forum that will do just that! Go to live-now.org for more details!

Come to any or all sessions!

Important Announcements

  • Special Event - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 — 10 a.m. – Noon — A Conversation with Ryan Gattis – California Author of “All Involved”

    Author, Ryan Gattis will discuss the difficulties and successes of the two and a half year research process, which included sitting down with former Latino group members, firefighters, nurses and L.A. citizens who lived through the 1992 riots. A reading of the book, and a conversation about an era that still powerfully resonates today will follow. Participants are encouraged to read his book prior to the event.

    The novel has won the American Library Association's Alex Award and the Award for Noir of the Year in France. Set to be translated into 11 languages, it has been called “a high-octane speedball of a read” by The New York Times and its film rights have been acquired by HBO.

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    Author Ryan Gattis photo by Sam Tenney

1st, 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. – Noon

If you like the idea of discussing books you have just read or just want to learn more about a book before you read it, this is the place to be.

Each 1st, 2nd & 3rd Wednesday participants will have a chance to read and discuss anything from the latest bestsellers, classics, traditional literature, and historical fiction, mysteries or non-fiction books. Join us in animated and thoughtful discussion as we explore a variety of diverse and interesting books.

During our Spring Series 2016, the 2nd Wednesdays will be devoted to Inspirational Wednesdays discussion books and a special 10th Anniversary celebration on June 8th. Look for details in our Spring Series Booklist and Upcoming Flyer Invitation!

All Wednesdays Readers Programs meet at the Morro Bay Library.

Wellness Wednesdays Recommended Reading Lists
Meditation – Suggested Reading / Listening / Viewing
The Healing Benefits of Massage & Reiki Energy Balancing
Your Health in your Hands – Cooking Healthy
Nutrition for your bones
Transitions: learn how to cope and thrive during life's challenges
Landscaping for Survival and Enrichment

4th Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. – Noon

The 4th Wednesdays Mystery Readers group meets most 4th Wednesdays of the month from 10 a.m. – noon. We read and discuss a wide spectrum of mysteries, thrillers and suspense novels. Interested lovers of mysteries are encouraged to come and discuss murder, mayhem and crime!

All 4th Wednesdays Mystery Readers Programs meet at the Morro Bay Library.

Align your body with the future body you desire in 10 weeks, with the support of others in this special “In Person” Body Thrive Book Club. This free program begins at the Morro Bay Library on Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. beginning August 25th–October 27th. What you will need is the book: “Body Thrive – Uplevel Your Body and Your Life with 10 Habits from Ayurveda and Yoga” by Cate Stillman.

Space is very Limited! Must be willing to attend Complete Series. No drop-ins. Pre-Registration is essential. Please reserve your space early by contacting Karen @ email.

About Karen

Karen has been the Group Facilitator and Coordinator of the Wednesdays Program at the Morro Bay Library since 2006, in which she has led the Morro Bay Book Discussion Group, organized author events, and challenged participants to read and discuss different types of books that they might not have otherwise chosen. Because of her special love of mysteries, she also facilitates and coordinates the 4th Wednesdays Mystery Readers Group. From January 2012 through February 2013, she worked with the Branch Manager to facilitate the program, 4th Wednesdays @ the Movies. In this role she served as the Discussion Leader directly following the movie. In 2015, she introduced the Wellness Wednesdays Program which brought speakers to the library who promoted healthy living in a variety of ways. From September 2015 – May 2016 she facilitated the Women's Wellness Program, a place for women to gather, share, seek information and gain insight. In 2016 she began new programs in which participants could study and discuss one book over a period of weeks that was inspirational, empowering and transformative; as well as, a Joyful Workshop Interactive Series for those individuals seeking to experience more joy and explore new heights of personal happiness. She was also awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2012 and 2007 from the Morro Bay Library staff for her extraordinary work with the library. In 2011, as President of the Morro Bay Friends of the Library for 2010, she was honored that she and her Board of Directors received the Volunteer of the Year Award for that year from staff, as well.

Karen has a Masters of Arts in Education with major emphasis in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. She also has a Certificate in Management Development from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

She has been a Live-Now Group Facilitator providing guidance to individuals, groups and families that help them to program their life for success.

Karen, a retired faculty emeritus college instructor and program coordinator, taught Leadership and Peer Counseling courses at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA for 17 years, and has over 23 years experience in community college teaching and management. She is also the author of “Opening Doors to College Success” which was published by Kendall/Hunt.

Karen is excited to welcome you to the Morro Bay Book Discussion Group – a free program of the Morro Bay Library, funded by the Morro Bay Friends of the Library.


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    Karen S. Robert
    Group Facilitator
    Morro Bay, CA 93442
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