The Lakeside Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC) is a local organization affiliated with the New York Chautauqua Institute CLSC, which was formed in 1878 to support reading and learning about nature, art, literature, philosophy and science. The New York chapter provides a reading list each year, from which the local membership chooses two books to read during the off-season for discussion at the round table sessions each summer.


Membership in the CLSC is open to anyone interested in reading, learning and discussing a wide variety of literary works, both fiction and nonfiction. The long-term goal of all members of the CLSC is to read 12 works from an approved list of books that extends back to the year 1878. Those who complete this task are honored as official graduates of the CLSC.

Round Table Discussions

The first round table discussion for the 2019 summer is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room. The first tome to be discussed is A Gentleman from Moscow by Amor Townes. The presenter is Peggy Malone.

The second discussion is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room. This gathering will feature multiple reviews on a variety of CLSC books presented by members of the Lakeside Chapter of the CLSC.

The third and final discussion is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room. The book is Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruner. The presenter is Francine Stetz Feick.

The books for the first and third round table discussions are available at, Barnes & Noble and The Fine Print bookstore in Lakeside during the summer.

CLSC Graduation will take place at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, July 21 in Chautauqua Hall.


Dolly Andler
(440) 226-6140