At Centennial brewery, book discussions — and beer — on tap

Arapahoe Libraries literary club meets at local brewery

Ellis Arnold
earnold@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/27/20

With a Queen song on the speakers, a hockey game playing on a projector and lively conversation wafting from the bar across the room, a small book club sat tucked into the corner on comfortable …

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At Centennial brewery, book discussions — and beer — on tap

Arapahoe Libraries literary club meets at local brewery

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With a Queen song on the speakers, a hockey game playing on a projector and lively conversation wafting from the bar across the room, a small book club sat tucked into the corner on comfortable couches.

The group discussed conventions of the genre of the book they read — “Dead Mountain,” a look at the mystery of hikers dying in a Russian mountain range — and offered their two cents.

“I felt like you really knew these people,” said Kristen Day, a 43-year-old from Centennial, talking about the attention to detail the book gave the characters.

That's the kind of discussion that has continued for about three years at Halfpenny Brewing Company in west Centennial, ever since the brewery reached out to the Arapahoe Libraries district and got the Books on Tap club started.

“The library district has about 25 book and movie clubs — this is really the only one offsite,” said Pamela Hallaren, an adult services librarian for the district.

Mary Corbett, 58, laughs when she says the club's appeal comes from the beer. But she also appreciates that the librarians come prepared.

“I've been to clubs where it's just (people) talking about anything,” Corbett said.

Asked what her favorite part of the club is, Hallaren said: “Getting insights from our very smart patrons.”

Halfpenny Brewing Company is located at 5150 E. Arapahoe Road near South Holly Street.

For more information on the program, call 720-583-0580 or visit www.arapahoelibraries.org.

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