LAVA Center to host virtual book club with Federal Street Books

  • Through a grant from the LAVA Center, Federal Street Books in Greenfield, pictured above, is offering copies of the books that will be discussed during the book club free of charge, including delivery. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 4/10/2020 3:19:33 PM
Modified: 4/10/2020 3:19:18 PM

Social distancing is increasingly becoming a normal part of everyday life; so also are the creative means area organizations are using to create community — such as a newly launched online book club.

In collaboration, The LAVA Center and Federal Street Books have launched the virtual club as part of the Greenfield arts center’s ongoing Monday night program, Lit Up the Night. A new book will be featured each month.

During April, participants will read “How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent” by Julia Alvarez. A virtual discussion about the book will be held April 20 beginning at 7 p.m. The May selection is “Ragtime” by E. L. Doctorow, to be discussed May 18 at 7 p.m.

Federal Street Books has multiple copies of both titles on hand that have been made available free of charge and without a delivery fee or shipping cost to book members through a donation from the LAVA Center. Customers taking advantage of this offer are encouraged to browse other titles and buy an additional book or books to support Federal Street Books, but no additional purchase is necessary to participate, according to a press release about the initiative. 

Information about how to sign in to the online discussion will be posted on The LAVA Center’s Facebook page at Information will also be sent to everyone who purchases either or both books via email.

Both Federal Street Books and The LAVA Center are relatively new downtown Greenfield ventures. Federal Street Books was closed for a time and re-opened under new ownership in October 2019. The LAVA Center opened Jan. 31 of this year.

For more information, contact Jan Maher, The LAVA Center’s co-coordinator at

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