Museum introduces new lunchtime great lakes book club

        The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo is kicking off 2022 with a new virtual lunchtime program – a Great Lakes book club featuring three books meant to provide new insight into our nation’s inland seas.
        The museum is encouraging interested participants to grab their lunch and join others online for monthly guided discussions beginning at noon on three Tuesdays – Jan. 18, Feb. 15 and March 15.
        “We are always looking for new ways to engage people in learning more about the Great Lakes,” said Ellen Kennedy, the museum’s Education and Visitor Experience director. “For our first series, we have chosen three very different books featuring both fiction and nonfiction stories we believe will provide a very diverse perspective of the many roles the Great Lakes play in our daily lives – past, present and future.”
        The featured books for the inaugural series include: “The Dockporter: A Mackinac Island Novel,” by Dave McVeigh and Tim Bolone (January); “The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits,” by Tiya Miles (February) and “The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas,” by Jerry Dennis (March).
        The museum is limiting the size of the online group to provide an optimal setting to facilitate discussion. If capacity is reached, the museum will keep a waiting list with the hope of opening additional program sessions.
        Registration to participate in the Great Lakes book club is free but required. Participants can choose to purchase the book(s) at the museum store by visiting the museum in person or shopping online at
        For more information on book club events, or to register to participate, visit


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