Winona library debuts story time -- for adults

Adult story time
Samantha TerBeest, an Adult Services Librarian reads a short story from B.J. Novak's "One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories" in Winona, Minn.
Rory O'Driscoll | The Winona Daily News via AP

Story time is no longer just for kids.

The Winona Public Library held its first adult story time session on Sept. 2, a new program that invites adults to bring a lunch, relax and listen to short stories for a half-hour, the Winona Daily News reported.

Librarian Samantha TerBeest said the event is "the new thing" among bigger libraries in the country. She wanted to try a similar program in Winona.

"I thought it would be fun to do here," she said. "It gives (adults) something to do on their lunch break to relax, listen to some stories, maybe laugh a bit."

"It's a new take on story hour," she said. To cater to the adult audience, the stories are short fiction from classic and contemporary authors.

Reading a story
Samantha TerBeest, an adult services librarian in Winona, reads a short story from B.J. Novak's "One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories" during a story time for adults event.
Rory O'Driscoll | The Winona Daily News via AP

During the first adult story time session, TerBeest read stories from B.J. Novak's "One More Thing," a book she chose for its humor.

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Rose Cyert and Milton Topness attended the session together and brought Subway sandwiches to eat while they listened.

Topness said he is not a book reader, but enjoys hearing stories read out loud.

"It was very nice," he said. "I don't know the last time I've been to the library."

Cyert said she thought she would give the story session a try after seeing it advertised.

"I think it's a fun idea. A lot of people get an hour for lunch and what are they gonna do during that time?" she said. "This is a place to come and gather, relax and get enrichment."

TerBeest said she will continue the program through December and see how successful it is. She hopes to eventually have guest readers and story themes for each month.

In today's fast-paced world, it can be hard to find ways to slow down and indulge in simple pleasures, like hearing a story read aloud. Story time is a place to relax and forget about all of the things you have to do later, TerBeest said.

"It's kind of like yoga for the brain."

This is an AP Member Exchange shared by Leah Perri of the Winona Daily News.