A NEW book club has a most convivial venue - a local pub.
And it meets during prime drinking time.
Devotees of the printed word are getting together once a month at the Riverhead Brewery Tap in Peel Street, Marsden.
The book club is the idea of Natalie Stevenson who, due to work commitments, is unable to take part in Marsden Library's reading groups which are held during the day. So she contacted Kirklees Council libraries reading development officer Ann Cleeves to see if a group for people in her situation could be started.
"I've recently moved to Marsden and love reading so I thought it would be a great way to meet people with a common interest," said Natalie.
"It's open to anyone at all and we have deliberately set the time from 8pm to 9pm to include as many people as possible with other commitments like children, getting home from work late etc."
Because the club is affiliated to the library service, it will be able to borrow multiple copies of any of the 250 titles specially held for reading groups.
The pub, already the venue for several groups and meetings, is delighted to be involved in the project.
Barman Mark France said: "We like to help and encourage any sort of community event.
"Anybody can use the rooms upstairs and we currently have regular meetings by the National Trust and a stocks and shares club and folk music evenings."
For daytime bookworms, Marsden Library holds an informal Bookchat session every Tuesday from 10.30am to noon.
The next meeting of the library's fortnightly Readers' Group is on Wednesday, September 28, 10.15am to 11.30am.