ADULT BOOK CLUBS
Book Club Discussions are open to all, and newcomers are always welcome.
Copies of the books are available on the Hold shelf about one month in advance. Pick up a copy of any discussion book you’d like to read and take it to the Check-Out Desk. Please contact Jane at the Reference Desk (309-343-6118 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about the clubs.
Tuesday/Thursday Book Discussions
The Tuesday Book Club meets at the library the second Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM. The Thursday Book Club meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM. The groups read and discuss a novel half the time and a nonfiction work half the time.
April: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu
It’s the 1970s, and one impoverished, African-American, Washington, D.C. neighborhood is undergoing big changes. In the mix is Ethiopian grocery owner Sepha Stephanos–a man with a complex past who fled his homeland after seeing his father brutalized and beaten to death in the Ethiopian Revolution 17 years earlier. Eventually, he begins to assemble a group of people who resemble a community, but once again his “family” is threatened, this time by a series of racially charged incidents.
A Big Read Event. The NEA Big Read of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Join us for a discussion of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears:
- Monday, April 2, 10:00 am at the library (led by retired CSC Professor Norm Burdick)
- Tuesday, April 10, 1:00 pm at the library
- Thursday, April 12, 6:30 pm at Jimmy John’s
- Wednesday, April 18, 12:20 pm at CSC Library (led by Professor Anthony Law)
May is Galesburg Public Library month in Galesburg, and to celebrate the value of libraries we’ll discuss Molly Guptill Manning’s book When Books Went to War, about the efforts of librarians and publishers in World War II to get books in the hands of American service personnel fighting for freedom around the world. The Tuesday discussion will be followed by a video of the author talking about the book.
Join us for a discussion of When Books Went to War:
- Tuesday, May 8, 1:00 pm at the library
- Thursday, May 10, 6:30 pm at Jimmy John’s
Science Fiction/Fantasy Discussion Group
The Tome Raiders Science Fiction/Fantasy Discussion Group meets once a month on a Friday, usually the third of the month.
April: The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne
Waking up in a futuristic Mumbai with five snake bites, Meena is compelled to return to her native Ethiopia by way of a forbidden path spanning the Arabian Sea. Meanwhile, a girl from a different time, Mariama, flees a traumatic experience to Ethiopia in search of a better life. A Big Read event. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Join us for a discussion of The Girl in the Road:
- Friday, April 20, 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
Food for Thought Book Discussions
The Food for Thought discussion group meets seasonally to discuss books about food and the environment. We have been meeting at En Season, but since it has now closed we are seeking a new venue.
Attendees order and pay for their own lunch. .
April: Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson
It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become a world-renowned chef. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. A Big Read event. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. You will order and pay for your own food.
Join us for the discussion:
- Thursday, April 26, 11:30 am at Buenos Aires Bakery Cafe (1488 N Henderson)
BYOB BOOK DISCUSSIONS
BYOB (bring your own book, beverage, baby…) is a monthly book club for busy adults. While you engage in adult conversation about a short book, Children’s Room staff will provide a fun craft or activity for children ages 4 and older (younger ones are welcome too, but will need to be supervised by the parent).
April: Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup
Join a discussion of Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a memoir of a black man who was born free in New York State but was kidnapped, sold into slavery and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana. While you engage in adult conversation about the book, Children’s Room staff will provide a fun activity for children 4 and older (younger ones are welcome too, but must be supervised by the parent). Adults without children are also welcome.
- Monday, May 7, 10:00 am at the library