Members of Carthage Book Forum gathered at the Sammy Brown Library on Monday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.

Hostesses Paula Carter, Vickie Lacy and Pat Smith loaded the tables with a variety of pumpkins and offered the group sandwiches, chips and homemade cookies. After everyone was served, Carthage Book Forum President Karen Shamburger welcomed the members and called the meeting to order.

Danette Hooker presented a program on Laura Ingalls Wilder, who is a perfect fit for this year’s theme of late-blooming authors. Wilder was born in 1867, but did not publish her first novel until 1932, when she was 65 years old. That novel was “Little House in the Big Woods.” She went on to publish seven more books in the “Little House” series, completing them at the age of 76. All of here books were based upon her own experiences as her family traveled and settled in rural America.

President Shamburger read the minutes, gave the treasurer’s report and did roll call.

Nineteen members responded to roll call and gave a brief description of the book they read since the last meeting. Karen Stanley read the amendments to the Book Forum Constitution and Bylaws, and the members unanimously voted to accept the amendments upon a motion by Patsy Meck and a second by Jeretta Thompson.

President Shamburger announced a vacancy in membership and requested recommendations from the members. The next meeting is Monday, Nov. 25 at Sammy Brown Library.

Members present at the meeting were: Karen Shamburger, Melanie Hudson, Patsy Meck, Jeretta Thompson, Sherry Mahaffey, Deanie Berry, Paula Carter, Barbara Cordell, Danette Hooker, Karen Stanley, Marian Foster, Pam Porter, Sarah Davidson, Mary Jo George, Nancy Langford, Jeanie Lawrence, Pat Smith, Vickie Lacy and Susan Rucker.