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.
July: Fully Alive by Timothy Shriver
Timothy Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics, shows how his teachers have been the world’s most forgotten minority: people with intellectual disabilities.
Join us for a discussion of Fully Alive:
- Tuesday, July 12, 1:00 pm at the library
- Thursday, July 14, 6:30 pm at GloBar (337 E. Main St.)
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by the 20 minute ESPN documentary Brave in the Attempt.
August: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
In M.L. Stedman’s novel The Light Between Oceans, set in 1926, an Australian lighthouse keeper and his wife find a boat containing a dead man – and a live baby. Their decision to keep the baby has repercussions. We’ll discuss the book at the home of club member Melvin Siverly (2321 N. Broad). Meet at the library’s Reference Desk at 12:45 pm if you’d like to carpool. A movie version of the book comes out in 2016.
Join us for a discussion of The Light Between Oceans:
- Tuesday, August 9, 1:00 pm at 2321 N. Broad
- Thursday, August 11, 6:30 pm at GloBar (337 E. Main St.)
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: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
A young girl who becomes lost in the woods has only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements and only her courage to withstand her mounting fears. For solace she tunes her radio to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox games and the gritty performances of her hero, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. When reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her and protecting her from an all-too-real enemy who has left a trail of death and chaos in the dense, dark woods.
Join us for a discussion of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon:
- Friday, July 22, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
August: The Circle by Dave Eggers
In The Circle by Dave Eggers, a woman hired by a powerful internet company is pulled ever deeper into social media. A movie version is due out in 2016.
Join the Tome Raiders for a discussion of The Circle:
- Friday, August 26 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.
July: Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use
to Make Everyday Products by Stephen Leahy
A “water footprint” is the amount of fresh water used to produce the goods and services we consume, including growing, harvesting, packaging, and shipping. From the foods we eat to the clothes we wear to the books we read and the music we listen to, all of it costs more than what we pay at the check-out. The 125 footprint facts in this book show the true cost of our lifestyle and what it is doing to Earth, including draining it dry.
Join us for a discussion of Your Water Footprint:
- Thursday, July 28 at 11:30 am at En Season (2900 W. Main St.)
August: The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
Paolo Bacigalupi’s novel The Water Knife takes place in the near future, when the American Southwest has run out of water.
Join us for a discussion of The Water Knife:
- Thursday, August 25 at 11:30 am at En Season (2900 W. Main St.)