ADULT BOOK CLUBS
Book Club Discussions are open to all, and newcomers are always welcome. Copies of the books are available at the Check-Out Desk about one month in advance. 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.
July book: Drama High by Michael Sokolove
In Drama High, journalist Michael Sokolove pays tribute to drama teacher Lou Volpe, who revolutionized the theater program at Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown, Pennsylvania and gave the economically depressed blue-collar town found something to cheer about. Many alums have gone on to pursue careers in theater or the arts. This is a powerful look at the way a dynamic and dedicated teacher can change lives.
Join us for a discussion of Drama High:
- Thursday, July 9, 6:30 pm
- Tuesday, July 14, 1:00 pm
Both discussions will take place upstairs at the library.
The discussion on July 14 will be followed at 2:00 pm by a free showing of the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus (©Buena Vista, 140 minutes). Richard Dreyfuss gives the performance of a lifetime in this uplifting hit about a musician who dreams of composing one truly memorable piece of music but who reluctantly accepts a “day job” as a high school music teacher and finds his real passion.
August book: The Confessions of Frances Godwin by Robert Hellenga
Best-selling author and Galesburg resident Robert Hellenga’s novel The Confessions of Frances Godwin is set in Galesburg and concerns a retired high school Latin teacher looking back on a life of trying to do her best amidst various transgressions.
Join us for a discussion of The Confessions of Frances Godwin:
- Tuesday, August 11, 1:00 pm
- Thursday, August 13, 6:30 pm
The Tuesday discussion will take place at the home of club member Melvin Siverly (2321 N. Broad). Meet at the library’s Reference Desk at 12:45 if you’d like to carpool to the Siverly home.
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.
July: Year Zero by Rob Reid
A copyright lawyer tries to save the Earth from aliens who want our music and will stop at nothing, even the planet’s destruction, to get it.
“Hilarious, provocative, and supersmart, Year Zero is a brilliant novel to be enjoyed in perpetuity in the known universe and in all unknown universes yet to be discovered.”—John Hodgman, resident expert, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Join us for a discussion of Year Zero:
- Friday, July 24, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
August: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
Yarvi succeeds to the throne of Gettland when his father and elder brother are killed. But Yarvi is a reluctant king. Because of a deformed hand, he has always felt an inadequate son to his father and now an inadequate king. Treachery from his uncle ends with Yarvi enslaved, but he swears to avenge his father and take back the throne.
Join us for a discussion of Half a King:
- Friday, August 28, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
Food for Thought Book Discussions
The Food for Thought discussion group meets seasonally at En Season Cafe at the Sustainable Business Center to discuss books about food and the environment.
After an epiphany caused by a harrowing bite into a pink-slime burger, Max Watman resolves to hunt, fish, bake, butcher, preserve, and pickle. He buys a thousand-pound-steer―whom he names Bubbles―raises chickens, gardens, and works to transform his small-town home into a gastronomic paradise. In this compulsively readable memoir, Watman records his experiments and adventures as he tries to live closer to the land and the source of his food.
Join us for a discussion of Harvest:
- Thursday, July 30 at 11:30 am at En Season Cafe (2900 W. Main St.)
We’ll read something light during these lazy days of summer. This book is the first in a cozy mystery series about the owner of a tea shop in Charleston. Enjoy a discussion over a healthy lunch at En Season.
Join us for a discussion of Death by Darjeeling:
- Thursday, August 27 at 11:30 am at En Season Cafe (2900 W. Main St.)
Please register and pay for your lunch at the Reference Desk in advance of the discussions.
Copies of the discussion books are available at the library’s Check-Out Desk about one month in advance.