The following groups meet monthly in the library. All groups welcome new members and all meetings are open to the public.
History Book Club
Current Issues Political Book Discussion Group
The next meeting will be on
Wednesday, May 11, at 2:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room. The topic will be Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be "The history of journalism and the media.
Book Club Chair Sam Coulbourn invites you to read any nonfiction book on subjects such as Benjamin Franklin, Horace Greely, the Yellow Press, "Acta Diurna" in Ancient Rome, "Notizie Scritta" in Venice, the Manchester Guardian, Jonathan Swift, and more. Come prepared for a lively discussion!
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men--bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates's attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son--and readers--the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure's reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum's most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure's converge.
Monday Evening Book Group The next meeting will be on May 16, at 6 p.m.
The next meeting of this group will be on Thursday, May 19, at 4 p.m. The topic will be selections from "Common Threads."
Greek Drama Discussion Group The next meeting will be on Monday, May 23, at 4:00 p.m. The topic will be Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Aeschylus (525-456 BC) brought a new grandeur and epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, raising it to the status of high art. In "Prometheus Bound" the defiant Titan Prometheus is brutally punished by Zeus for daring to improve the state of wretchedness and servitude in which mankind is kept.
History Book Club MVLC
Book Club Kit Info
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, May 25, at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be "modern life in the Middle East and the Islamic State."
Book Club Chair Sam Coulbourn invites you to read any nonfiction book on subjects such as Iraq from its formation after WWI, Syria, the Caliphate, Origins of conflict, Sunni vs. Shii vs. Kurds vs. Alewhites vs. Wahabi, modern technology v. 7th-century ideas, the impact of USSR and U.S. in Afghanistan, U.S. combat in Iraq; Arab Spring; Turkey and Islam, Jordan, The Gulf States, Egypt, much more.