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.
May book: Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
As the floodwaters rose after Hurricane Katrina, patients, staff, and families at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans faced a crisis far worse than the storm itself. Without power, an evacuation plan, or strong leadership, caregiving became chaotic, and exhausted doctors and nurses found it difficult to make even the simplest decisions. Fink, a Pulitzer Prize winner for her reporting on Memorial, offers a stunning re-creation of the storm, its aftermath, and the investigation that followed. Five Days at Memorial is both a breathtaking read and an essential book for understanding how people behave in times of crisis.
Join us for a discussion of Five Days at Memorial:
- Tuesday, May 12 at 1:00 pm upstairs at the library
- Thursday, May 21, at 6:30 pm at the library
Please note that the Thursday discussion will be on the third Thursday, not the second. Plan to attend the Friends of the Library spring book sale preview on the second Thursday.
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by Act I of the HBO documentary When the Levees Broke. Copies of the book are available at the Check-Out Desk.
June book: Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s Chicago jazz scene, Last Night at the Blue Angel is about Naomi, a talented but troubled singer, her precocious ten-year-old daughter Sophia, and their heartbreaking relationship. Told from the alternating perspectives of Sophia and Naomi, their powerful and wrenching story unfolds in layers, revealing Sophia’s struggle for her mother’s love with Naomi’s desperate journey to stardom.
Join us for a discussion of Last Night at the Blue Angel:
- Tuesday, June 9 at 1:00 pm upstairs at the library
- Thursday, June 11, at 6:30 pm at the library
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by the documentary The Girls in the Band (©Artist Tribe and One Step Productions, 88 minutes). Copies of the book will be available at the Check-Out Desk about one month in advance.
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.
May: The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The Color of Magic is the first book in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series of humorous fantasy novels. Pratchett died in March, so there will be no new additions to the series. Come discover or re-discover Discworld.
Join us for a discussion of The Color of Magic:
- Friday, May 22, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
(Please note, this is the fourth Friday)
June: Joplin’s Ghost by Tananarive Due
When Phoenix Smalls was ten, she nearly died at her parents’ jazz club when she was crushed by a turn-of-the-century piano. Now 24, Phoenix is launching a career as an R & B singer. She’s living out her dreams and seems destined for fame and fortune. But a chance visit to a historical site in St. Louis ignites a series of bizarre, erotic encounters with a spirit who may be the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin.
Join us for a discussion of Joplin’s Ghost:
- Friday, June 19, 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 Cafe at the Sustainable Business Center to discuss books about food and the environment.
May book: Stalking the Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons
Euell Gibbons was one of the few people in this country to devote a considerable part of his life to the adventure of “living off the land.” He sought out wild plants all over North America and made them into delicious dishes. His book includes recipes. Stalking the Wild Asparagus, first published in 1962, is a bible of the environmental movement and a primer for anyone interested in healthy, inexpensive eating. With luck there will be asparagus on the menu at En Season on May 28!
Join us for a discussion of Stalking the Wild Asparagus:
- Thursday, May 28 at 11:30 am at En Season Cafe (2900 W. Main St.)
June book: Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson
Enjoy a healthy lunch and a discussion of Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson. Hauntinglyrealistic, it is a novel of the near future that is inspired by scientific facts already making headlines, as the ramifications of global warming are played out in our nation’s capital.
Join us for a discussion of Forty Signs of Rain:
- Thursday, June 25 at 11:30 am at En Season Cafe (2900 W. Main St.)
Please register and pay for your lunch at the Reference Desk in advance of the discussions.
Copies of the discussion books are available at the library’s Check-Out Desk about one month in advance.