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.
February: We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
Luis is a soldier at Walter Reed Hospital who wants to make his grandmother proud; Avis is a woman coping with an unraveling marriage; and Bashkim is a refugee child who opens his heart to his US soldier pen pal. When these three lives come together in a single, shocking moment, each character is called upon to rise.
Join us for a discussion of We Are Called to Rise:
- Tuesday, February 9, 1:00 pm
- Thursday, February 11, 6:30 pm
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a showing of the 2015 program Frontline: Immigration Battle (©PBS, 120 min).
March: Boom, Bust, Exodus by Chad Broughton
In 2002, Galesburg learned that it would soon lose its largest factory, the Maytag plant. In 2004, the plant was relocated to Reynosa, Mexico. In Boom, Bust, Exodus, Chad Broughton offers a ground-level look at the rapid transition to a globalized economy, from the perspective of those whose lives it has most deeply affected. In an era of growing inequality and a downsized middle class, Boom, Bust, Exodus gives us the voices of those who have borne the heaviest burdens of the economic upheavals of the past three decades. A deeply personal work grounded in solid scholarship, this important, immersive, and affecting book brings home the price and the cost of globalization.
Join us upstairs at the library for a discussion of Boom, Bust, Exodus:
- Tuesday, March 8, 1:00 pm
- Thursday, March 10, 6:30 pm
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a documentary. Join author Chad Broughton for a discussion at the library on Saturday, March 12, at 2:00 pm.
A Big Read 2016 event.
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.
In the classic novel The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, one of the foundational novels of science fiction, a gentleman inventor travels into the future before bringing back the knowledge of the grave degeneration of the human race and the planet.
Join us for a discussion of The Time Machine:
- Friday, February 26, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
March: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
Ned Henry is badly in need of a rest. He’s been shuttling between the 21st century and the 1940s searching for a Victorian atrocity called the bishop’s bird stump. It’s part of a project to restore the famed Coventry Cathedral, destroyed in a Nazi air raid over a hundred years earlier. But then Verity Kindle, a fellow time traveler, inadvertently brings back something from the past. Now Ned must jump back to the Victorian era to help Verity put things right – not only to save the project but to prevent altering history itself.
Join us for a discussion of To Say Nothing of the Dog:
- Friday, March 18 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 Restaurant at the Sustainable Business Center to discuss books about food and the environment.
Attendees order and pay for their own lunch, usually around $8-12 for entree, side, and drink.
March: The End of Night by Paul Bogard
A brilliantly starry night is one of nature’s most thrilling wonders. Yet in our world of nights as bright as day, most of us no longer experience true darkness. Eight out of ten Americans born today won’t ever live where they can see the Milky Way. And exposure to artificial light at night has been cited as a factor in health concerns ranging from poor sleep to cancer. In The End of Night, Paul Bogard travels the globe to find the night, blending personal narrative, natural history, health, science, and folklore to shed light on darkness. He attempts nothing less than a restoration of how we see the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky.
Join us for a discussion of The End of Night:
- Thursday, March 31 at 11:30 am at En Season (2900 W. Main St.)