Book Discussions

Our animated discussions of current and classic books are for adults. New members are always welcome. No sign-up is necessary. Just come! Use the catalog search link above to reserve a copy or read book reviews.

Upcoming Events

02/20/2019
2:00 PM

Let's Talk About It! Cookbooks

What kind of books do you like to read? Do you especially enjoy a certain type, but you’re tired of online conversations about books? If so, come to the Library to talk to people who love to read what you love to read. During the month of February, library staff members will lead conversations about Sci Fi, Romance, Cookbooks and Mysteries–each in one afternoon and one evening session. This week the focus will be on cookbooks on Wednesday, February 20 at 2:00 pm and Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 pm. Bring a list of your favorite titles. It’s free and no sign-up is needed.

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02/24/2019
2:00 PM

What Should We Read Next?

Whether you are a member of a book group, or just a passionate reader, you won’t want to miss this program! Carol Fitzgerald, a publishing insider will discuss winter and spring books (and the stories behind them), recommend authors not to miss, and suggest titles that will work well for book groups. This presentation is sure to give you ideas for your “to be read” pile. Some of the featured titles will be door prizes!  Ms. Fitzgerald is the President of The Book Report Network–a group of internet sites about books and authors that have become the gathering places for a large and devoted community of book lovers since 1996. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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02/26/2019
10:30 AM

Of Monkey Bridges and Bánh Mì Sandwiches

Memoirs & Coffee – with Pat Kennedy-Grant
Of Monkey Bridges and Bánh Mì Sandwiches: from Sài Gòn to Texas (2018) • Oanh Ngo Usadi.
In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, a young girl and her family were exiled from Saigon to the countryside of Vietnam and ultimately escaped to a small town in Texas. Part travelogue, part family drama, this immigrant memoir will make you laugh, cry, and feel hungry all at the same time. Free. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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02/27/2019
2:00 PM

Let's Talk About It! Mysteries

What kind of books do you like to read? Do you especially enjoy a certain type, but you’re tired of online conversations about books? If so, come to the Library to talk to people who love to read what you love to read. During the month of February, library staff members are leading conversations about Sci Fi, Romance, Cookbooks and Mysteries–each in one afternoon and one evening session. This week, we’ll talk about mysteries on Wednesday, February 27 at 2:00 pm and Thursday, February 28 at 7:30 pm. Bring a list of your favorite titles. It’s free and no sign-up is needed.

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03/02/2019
3:30 PM

Brunelleschi's Dome

Saturday Samplers
Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture (2000) • Ross King
An American Library Association Best Book of the Year, this is the story of how a Renaissance man bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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03/26/2019
10:30 AM

The Library Book

Memoirs & Coffee – with Pat Kennedy-Grant
The Library Book (2018) • Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean chronicles the Los Angeles Public Library fire in 1986 which consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. She delves into its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives. Free. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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04/06/2019
3:30 PM

The Rent Collector

Saturday Samplers
The Rent Collector (2012) • Camron Wright
A novel inspired by real people: Sang Ly struggles to survive by picking through garbage in Cambodia’s largest municipal dump. Under threat of eviction by an embittered old drunk who is charged with collecting rents from the poor, Sang Ly embarks on a desperate journey to save her ailing son from a life of ignorance and poverty. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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04/23/2019
10:30 AM

The Girl With Seven Names

Memoirs & Coffee – with Pat Kennedy-Grant
The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story (2015) • Hyeonseo Lee
 An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture and repatriation and to guide her family to freedom. Free. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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04/27/2019
10:30 AM

Fifty Book Challenge

booksstackxxJoin our challenge to read fifty books in a year. The group meets several times a year for reading suggestions, feedback and refreshments. Link here to our 50 Book Challenge resources. New members are always welcome. Free. Click here to email Pat Kennedy-Grant to receive meeting reminders and other information.

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