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.
October book: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change more than just one cranky old man.
Join us for a discussion of A Man Called Ove:
- Thursday, October 8, 6:30 pm
- Tuesday, October 13, 1:00 pm
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a showing of the Globe Trekker episode Planet Food: Scandinavia (50 minutes).
Stuff Matters is an inspiring exploration of human creativity. Everything is made of something. From the everyday objects in our homes to the most extraordinary new materials that will shape our future, Stuff Matters reveals the inner workings of the man-made world and the miracles of craft, design, engineering and ingenuity that surround us every day.
Join us upstairs at the library for a discussion of Stuff Matters:
- Tuesday, November 10, 1:00 pm
- Thursday, November 12, 6:30 pm
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a showing of the Making Stuff Stronger episode of the NOVA series Making Stuff (©PBS, 60 minutes).
A young woman leaves everything behind to work as a librarian in a remote French village, where she finds her outlook on life and love challenged in every way. Set against a backdrop of steaming cups of tea, freshly baked cakes, and lovely company, The Awakening of Miss Prim is a distinctive and delightfully entertaining tale of literature, philosophy, and the search for happiness.
Join us for a discussion of The Awakening of Miss Prim:
- Tuesday,, December 8, 1:00 pm
- Thursday, December 10, 6:30 pm
We’ll share hot drinks and treats at the December discussions. If you’d like to bring a treat to share, please do (but it’s not required!).
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.
Join the sci-fi/fantasy book club for a discussion of The Bad Seed by William March. This classic work of psychological horror was turned into a successful play and movie. Pretty little Rhoda charms everyone she meets – but her mother soon realizes that evil lurks behind Rhoda’s charming façade. Copies of the book are available at the Check-Out Desk.
The movie version will be shown at the library the evening of October 21.
Join us for a discussion of The Bad Seed:
- Friday, October 16, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
A devastating flu pandemic ends civilization as we know it. Twenty years later, a small troupe of actors and musicians who call themselves The Traveling Symphony have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who threatens their existence.The story moves back and forth in time, vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic and the strange twist of fate that connects them. Station Eleven is a beautiful novel that mourns and mocks the small things we cherish.
Join us for a discussion of Station Eleven:
- Friday, November 20, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
In this classic fantasy novel, Amber is the one real world and our own Earth is but a Shadow. Carl Corey wakes up in a secluded New York hospital with amnesia. He escapes and discovers the truth piece by piece: he is really Prince Corwin, of Amber. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.
Join us for a discussion of Nine Princes in Amber:
- Friday, December 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.
Enjoy a healthy lunch and a discussion of One Bad Apple by Sheila Connolly. Meg Corey has come to a quaint New England town to sell her mother’s colonial home and apple orchard. Instead, Meg becomes embroiled in development plans, and when her former flame is found dead on her property, the police suspect Meg. Together with her only ally, a local plumber, she’ll have to find the real murderer and save the orchard. You will order and pay for your own lunch ($8-$12 for entrée, side, and drink).
Join us for a discussion of One Bad Apple:
- Thursday, October 22 at 11:30 am at En Season Cafe (2900 W. Main St.)
Enjoy a healthy lunch and a book discussion. While supermarkets limit their offerings to a few waxy options, apple trees with lives spanning human generations are producing characterful varieties – and now they are in the midst of a rediscovery. From heirlooms to new designer breeds, a delicious diversity of apples is out there for the eating. With more than 150 art-quality color photographs, Apples of Uncommon Character shows us the fruit in all its glory.
Join us for a discussion of Apples of Uncommon Character:
- Thursday, November 19 at 11:30 am at En Season Cafe (2900 W. Main St.)
En Season Restaurant is closed during the winter. Food for Thought discussions will resume in 2016 when the restaurant opens again.