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: Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Nicolas Barreau
Rosalie is an artist and proud owner of a little postcard shop. One day an elderly and successful author of children’s books comes in to her shop and asks her to illustrate his new (and probably last) book. Rosalie is only too glad to accept – but what will happen when a clumsy American professor stumbles into her store with accusations of plagiarism?
Join us for a discussion of Paris Is Always a Good Idea:
- Thursday, February 9, 6:30 pm at Jimmy John’s (235 E. Main)
- Tuesday, February 14, 1:00 pm
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a showing of Touring the World’s Cities – Paris: The Capital of France (26 minutes, copyright Arcadia Films).
March: White Heat: the Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple
White Heat is the first book to portray the remarkable relationship between poet Emily Dickinson and the fiery abolitionist who first brought her work to the public. As the Civil War raged, an unlikely friendship was born between Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a literary figure who ran guns to Kansas and commanded the first Union regiment of black soldiers. When Dickinson sent Higginson four of her poems he realized he had encountered a wholly original genius; their intense correspondence continued for the next quarter century.
A Big Read event.
Join us for a discussion of White Heat:
- Thursday, March 9, 6:30 pm at Jimmy John’s (235 E. Main)
- Tuesday, March 14, 1:00 pm upstairs
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a short program about Emily Dickinson.
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.
February: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Childhood friends Patricia and Laurence didn’t expect to see each other again after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. But now they’re adults, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius; Patricia is a graduate of a hidden academy for the magically gifted. Something begun years ago in their youth is determined to bring them together, to either save the world or plunge it into a new dark ages. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders is a deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.
Join us for a discussion of All the Birds in the Sky:
- Friday, February 24, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
March: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams, the legendary author of one of the most beloved science fiction novels of all time, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, once again boggles the mind with a completely unbelievable story of ghosts, time travel, eccentric computer geniuses, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the end of the world, and—of course—missing cats.
Join us for a discussion of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency:
- Friday, March 24, 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.
March: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
We’ll start off the year with this classic novel about the magic of gardens and the outdoors
Join us for a discussion of The Secret Garden:
- Thursday, March 30 at 11:30 am at En Season (2900 W. Main St.)