The New Bern Public Library will be hosting their monthly book discussion club, "A Novel Idea," on Monday, January 6th. January's featured novel is BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett. In an unnamed South American country, a world-renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan. His hosts hope that the titan can be persuaded to build a factory in their Third World backwater. The Club is free and open to the public and the book is available at the Library. The discussion will take in the Conference Room at the Library at 1:00 p.m. For more information call the Library at 638-7807. The New Bern-Craven County Public Library is located at 400 Johnson Street in historic downtown New Bern.