AMESBURY — There's a lot of information you can find on Facebook: what your friends had for lunch, where they went on vacation or their misadventures of the day.

But what about the classics or even the latest best-sellers?

Soon, you'll get that chance.

The Amesbury Public Library is creating a book discussion group on its Facebook page.

Each month, a new book will be picked. Then every day during the last week of that month, questions will be posed to people who read the book. There will be one question in the morning and one in the evening. Patrons are encouraged to join the discussion and comment on one or all of the questions at their convenience.

Think of it as an online book club of sorts.

"People can pop in and out of the discussions however they are able to," library director Patty DiTullio said.

The library's online book discussion group kicks off in October with the book "Skeletons at the Feast" by Chris Bohjalian. The books are available now for checkout at the library.

"We're trying to meet different types of requests," DiTullio said. "I think of the website as an online branch. A lot of activity happens through our website and now through our Facebook page."

The library already runs two book clubs — a morning session held the fourth Friday of each month and an evening session held the second Wednesday of each month. Both clubs meet at the library.

Many people can't attend either book club, so the online group allows people to join in on the discussion at their leisure, DiTullio said

She said the library's website and Facebook page complement its mission to "foster learning and cultural pursuit."

"For people to gather online to discuss literature is as valuable as it is doing it in person," DiTullio said.

To participate, patrons must have a Facebook account and "like" the library's Facebook profile. Simply type "Amesbury Public Library" in the search box, or just link from the library's website at www.amesburylibrary.org.

Contact DiTullio at 978-388-8148, ext. 612, or pditullio@mvlc.org with questions or for more information.

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