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.
On July 19, 1989, as hundreds of rescue workers waited on the ground, United Airlines Flight 232 wallowed drunkenly over the bluffs northwest of Sioux City, Iowa. The plane slammed onto the runway and burst into a vast fireball. The rescuers didn’t move at first: nobody could possibly survive that crash. And then people began emerging from the summer corn that lined the runways. Miraculously, 184 of 296 passengers lived.
Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, crew, and airport and rescue personnel, Laurence Gonzales, a commercial pilot himself, captures the harrowing journey of pilots flying a plane with no controls and flight attendants keeping their calm in the face of certain death. He plumbs the hearts and minds of passengers as they pray, bargain with God, plot their strategies for survival, and sacrifice themselves to save others. An unforgettable drama of the triumph of heroism over tragedy and human ingenuity over technological breakdown, Flight 232 is a masterpiece in the tradition of the greatest aviation stories ever told.
Join us for a discussion of Flight 232:
- Tuesday, September 8, 1:00 pm
- Thursday, September 10, 6:30 pm
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a showing of the Smithsonian Channel Air Disasters: Impossible Landing episode (46 minutes).
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).
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.
September: The Martian by Andy Weir
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
A movie version starring Matt Damon is coming out in October.
Join us for a discussion of The Martian:
- Friday, September 18, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
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.)
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.
September: Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us by Murray Carpenter
Journalist Murray Carpenter has been under the influence of a drug for nearly three decades. And he’s in good company, because chances are you’re hooked, too. Humans have used caffeine for thousands of years. It can make you stronger, faster, and more alert, but it’s not perfect, and its role in health concerns like obesity and anxiety will surprise you.
Making stops at the coffee farms of central Guatemala, a synthetic caffeine factory in China, and an energy shot bottler in New Jersey, among numerous other locales around the globe,Caffeinated exposes the high-stakes but murky world of caffeine.
Join us for a discussion of Harvest:
- Thursday, September 24 at 11:30 am at En Season Cafe (2900 W. Main St.)
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.)