Rockport Public Library hosts the following book clubs. We would be happy to have you join us.
History Book Club
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, Feb.25, at 7:00 p.m.
The topic will be "The History of Spies and Spy Agencies." Discussion leader Sam Coulbourn invites you to read a book of your choice that fits the topic. Think of organizations like MI-5, the KGB, Stasi, Mossad, the CIA, or National Security Agency. Focus on famous spies such at Mata Hari, Kim Philby, Julia Child, Whittaker Chambers, Francis Gary Powers, Aldrich Ames, or Edward Snowden. Or read about recent events like Putin's rise to power, WikiLeaks, the North Korean hacking of Sony or other internet hacking events.
The next meeting of the Poetry Readers will be on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 4:00 p.m. Topic will be Pity the Beautiful by Dana Gioia. Gioia is the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and currently serves as the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California.
Current Issues Political Book Discussion Group The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 3, at 2:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room. The topic will be Improbable Scholars by David L. Kirp.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: No school district can be all charismatic leaders and super-teachers. It can't start from scratch, and it can't fire all its teachers and principals when students do poorly. Great charter schools can only serve a tiny minority of students. Whether we like it or not, most of our youngsters will continue to be educated in mainstream public schools.
The good news, as David L. Kirp reveals in Improbable Scholars, is that there's a sensible way to rebuild public education and close the achievement gap forall students. Indeed, this is precisely what's happening in a most unlikely place: Union City, New Jersey, a poor, crowded Latino community just across the Hudson from Manhattan. The school district--once one of the worst in the state--has ignored trendy reforms in favor of proven game-changers like quality early education, a word-soaked curriculum, and hands-on help for teachers. When beneficial new strategies have emerged, like using sophisticated data-crunching to generate pinpoint assessments to help individual students, they have been folded into the mix.
The results demand that we take notice--from third grade through high school, Union City scores on the high-stakes state tests approximate the statewide average. In other words, these inner-city kids are achieving just as much as their suburban cousins in reading, writing, and math. What's even more impressive, nearly ninety percent of high school students are earning their diplomas and sixty percent of them are going to college. Top students are winning national science awards and full rides at Ivy League universities. These schools are not just good places for poor kids. They are good places for kids, period.
Improbable Scholars offers a playbook--not a prayer book--for reform that will dramatically change our approach to reviving public education.
Sunday Book Chat
The next meeting of the Book Chat will be on March 22 at 2:00 p.m. The topic An Equal Music by Vikram Seth.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: The author of the international bestseller
A Suitable Boy
returns with a powerful and deeply romantic tale of two gifted musicians. Michael Holme is a violinist, a member of the successful Maggiore Quartet. He has long been haunted, though, by memories of the pianist he loved and left ten years earlier, Julia McNicholl. Now Julia, married and the mother of a small child, unexpectedly reenters his life and the romance flares up once more.
Against the magical backdrop of Venice and Vienna, the two lovers confront the truth about themselves and their love, about the music that both unites and divides them, and about a devastating secret that Julia must finally reveal. With poetic, evocative writing and a brilliant portrait of the international music scene,
An Equal Music
confirms Vikram Seth as one of the world's finest and most enticing writers.
Drama Discussion Group
The next meeting will be on Monday, March 23, at 4:00 p.m. The topic will be The Bacchae by Euripides.
Rockport Book Group
The Rockport Book group's daytime session 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