Rockport Public Library hosts the following book clubs. We would be happy to have you join us.
Sunday Book Chat
The Book Chat will meet on June 16 at 1:00 p.m. to discuss Elizabeth Strout's The Burgess Boys.
winning Strout (
Olive Kitteridge, 2008) delivers a tightly woven yet seemingly languorous portrayal of a family in longtime disarray. Brothers Jim and Bob Burgess, and sister Susan, are mired in a childhood trauma: when he was four, Bob unwittingly released the parking brake on the family car, which ran over their father and killed him.
Originally from small Shirley Falls, Maine, the Burgess brothers have long since fled to vastly disparate lives as New York City attorneys. Egoistic Jim is a famous big shot with a corporate firm. Self-effacing Bob leads a more low-profile career with Legal Aid. High-strung Susan calls them home to fix a family crisis: her son stands accused of a possible hate crime against the small town's improbable Somali population. The siblings' varying responses to the crisis illuminate their sheer differences while also recalling their shared upbringing, forcing them finally to deal with their generally unmentioned, murky family history.
Strout’s tremendous talent at creating a compelling interest in what seems on the surface to be the barest of actions gives her latest work an almost meditative state, in which the fabric of family, loyalty, and difficult choices is revealed in layer after artful layer. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This is the first novel from Strout since her Pulitzer Prize-winning, runaway best-seller, Olive Kitteridge, and anticipation will be high.
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association.
Mass Customized Learning
by Charles Schwann and Bernice McGarvey will be the topic for the next meeting of the Current
Issues Book Group on
Wednesday, May 29 at 3
. in the Trustees Room.
Meeting the individual learning needs of every learner, every hour, of every day although espoused by educators, has only been a dream.....an impossible dream for educators facing student-teacher ratios of 25 to 1. But, alas, it is now a reality....a reality that is hiding in plain sight.
Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning
(MCL) describes a detailed vision of how schools can change from the present outdated Industrial Age, assembly line structure to a mass customized learning structure with the capacity to meet the individual learning needs of every learner.....that's every learner, not some, not most, but every learner. iTunes, Amazon.com, Verizon, Wikipedia, and Google (to name a few) are doing it right now. They prove to us daily that mass customization is effective and efficient and...well...doable. Let's marry those powerful, customizing technologies with the power mission of educators to personalize learning. Everyone wins. The learner wins. And when the learner wins, so do educators, parents, society, and the economy.
provides a solid rationale for the structural change, identifies the proven technologies of today that make the vision doable, details the
potential MCL has to motivate learners to high achievement, describes teacher roles that are highly professional, and outlines and concretely describes what school systems must do to make MCL a reality. The authors of
use a "weight bearing wall" metaphor to identify the Industrial Age walls (practices) that prevent us from meeting individual learner needs. Leaders are then shown how new customizing technology walls can replace those Industrial Age walls . . . and the roof will not fall in! Yes, leaders can operate a MCL system and still remain in control! The transformational change of MCL becomes clear, logical, and believable. Mass Customizing Learning is necessary and ..... well.... Inevitable . . . and this book describes how to do it.
History Book Club
The History Book Club will meet on Wednesday, May 29, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss people and events in Africa from 1900 to 2013. You are invited to read any nonfiction book on the topic and come and join the lively discussion.
Possible topics include:
Independence movements of the 1960s
Zimbabwe and Mugabe
South Africa and Mandela
Uganda and Idi Amin
The Poetry Readers will meet on
Thursday, June 13, at 4:00 p.m. to discuss Songs of Innocence and Experience
by William Blake
This celebrated collection of poetry and illustrations by Blake is notable for shaping many romantic notions of innocence and its corruption by experience. Echoing Milton's cerebral treatment of Paradise and the Fall as states of mind, the Song of Innocence and Experience
explores the existential dimensions of childhood naïveté and adult wisdom. Notable for criticizing the corruptions of the church, the state, and the aristocracy, these poems remain thoughtful reflections on youth, perception, and the iniquities of society.
Rockport Book Group
The Rockport Book groups' daytime group meets the first Thursday of every month, the evening group meets the second Wednesday of every month. For information on how to join this group or to start your own group please contact Elizabeth Reed; book group coordinator by email: email@example.com
The Shakespeare Readers' next meeting will be in September. Enjoy the summer!