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The library offers book clubs at different times of the day for lovers of books who would like to get together to discuss popular and thought-provoking titles. Both Book Clubs discuss the same book each month. Book Club books are available on the Front Desk or we can place a copy on hold from another library.

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Wednesday, January 10 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, January 11 at 10 a.m.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Publication Date: 1943  
BDCL Call Number  J SAINT
Digital: Overdrive ebook and hoopla ebook
Discussion Questions:

Summary: An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.

Wednesday, February 20 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, February 21 at 10 a.m.
Americanah : a novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Publication Date: 2013
Digital: Overdrive ebook and audiobook
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Summary: Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion for each other and for their homeland.

Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, March 21 at 10 a.m.
Black Elk : the life of an American visionary by Joe Jackson
Publication Date: Oct 25, 2016
BDCL Call Number   921 BLACK

Summary: Describes the life of the Native American holy man who fought at Little Big Horn, witnessed the death of his cousin Crazy Horse, traveled to Europe as part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show and became a traditionalist in the Ghost Dance movement.

Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, April 18 at 10 a.m.
21 lessons for the 21st century by Yuval Noah Harari
Publication Date: Sep 4, 2018
BDCL Call Number   909.83 HAR
Digital: Overdrive ebook and audiobook

Discussion Questions: None.
Chapter Summaries:

Summary: Shares insights into such present-day issues as the role of technology in trans-forming humanity, the epidemic of false news, and the modern relevance of nations and religion.  "How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari's book is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future.

Wednesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m.
How to Make a Life: A Tibetan Refugee Family and the Midwestern Woman They Adopted by Madeline Uraneck
Publication Date: April 25, 2018

Discussion Guide:

Summary: An immigration story of crossing cultural bridges and finding family. When Madeline Uraneck said hello to the Tibetan woman cleaning her office cubicle, she never imagined the moment would change her life.

Wednesday, June 12 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, June 13 at 10 a.m.
She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore
Publication Date: Sep 11, 2018
BDCL Call Number   FIC MOORE

Discussion Questions:

Summary: Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them.

Wednesday, July 10 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, July 11 at 10 a.m.
What the Eyes Don’t See by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Publication Date: Jun 19, 2018 
Digital: Overdrive ebook

Discussion Questions:

Summary: Here is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own govern-ment and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don’t See reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk.

Wednesday, August 7 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, August 8 at 10 a.m.
A tree grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Publication Date: 1947
BDCL Call Number FIC SMI 

Summary: The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the twentieth century. From the moment she entered the world, Francie Nolan needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family's erratic and eccentric behavior—no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans' life lacked drama. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heart-breaking, and uplifting, the Nolans' daily experiences are tenderly threaded with family connected-ness and raw with honesty.

Wednesday, September 18 at 6 pm & Wednesday, September 19 10 am
Educated : a memoir by Tara Westover
Publication Date: Feb 20, 2018
BDCL Call Number  921 WES

Digital: rb Digital audio, Overdrive ebook and audiobook

Discussion Questions:

Summary: Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life.

Wednesday, October 16 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, October 17 at 10 a.m.
Frederick Douglass : prophet of freedom
by David W. Blight

Publication Date: Oct 16, 2018
BDCL Call Number  973.8 BLI 

Digital: Overdrive ebook

Summary: An acclaimed historian's definitive biography of the most important African-American figure of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass, who was to his century what Martin Luther King, Jr. was to the 20th century The definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the es-caped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era. As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. He wrote three versions of his autobiography over the course of his lifetime and published his own newspaper. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence, he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.

Wednesday, November 13 at 6 pm & Thursday, November 14 at 10 am
Code Girls by Liza Mundy
Publication Date: 2017
BDCL Call Number  940.5486 MUN

Digital: Overdrive ebook

Summary:   Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives.

End of the Year Book Club Celebration
Wednesday, December 11 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, December 12 at 10 a.m.

Come celebrate the end of another year of great book discussions. Bring ideas of titles you may want to discuss in the next year and preview potential book club selections for 2020. Book club books and new books will be on display for browsing. Door prizes and light refreshments will be served. Newcomers are always welcome.