Beginning in September of this year, myself, Christine Baldwin, Librarian of The Armed Forces Home, and "America's Finest," the residents of AFRH have been meeting on Wednesday afternoons for lively book discussions. It is the best! Christine Baldwin and I began to put the word out early on in September about our literacy idea, and we both were delighted when the residents began signing up. We now have eleven in our group, and we continue to welcome residents that wish to join in on the Wednesday afternoon sessions of conversations and camaraderie. All members decide on a specific book title, and dedicate to read and be prepared to share knowledge and opinions about our selected read. Thus far, we have engaged in a well known mystery, a biography, and our present book surrounds itself with our country's 16th President and his illustrious Cabinet.
For quite a few years, I have volunteered at The Armed Forces Home, one of America's oldest veteran's retirement homes. The Soldier's home was established in 1851 as an "asylum for old and disabled veterans." Four of the original buildings still stand and are listed as national historic landmarks. Two of the buildings, Quarters 1 and the Lincoln Retreat served as the summer White House for U.S. Presidents-Chester Arthur, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Buchanan, and most notably, Abraham Lincoln.
My friends and colleagues at The Armed Forces Retirement Home have inspired me to begin writing a new book. I am looking forward to Wednesday afternoons with my Book Club at AFRH, and to continue to learn from "America's Finest."
Glenna (The Kind Kids Organization)