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Zablocki's Book Club Meets This Friday

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Ethan Frome book jacket.jpgZablocki Library will be hosting another book club discussion this Friday, March 7th. This time the group will discuss the Edith Wharton classic Ethan Frome.
In this classic novel, a New England farmer must choose between his duty to care for his invalid wife and his love for her cousin. Zablocki Library's book club will continue to meet the first Friday of each month from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. No registration is required.

Library: Zablocki
Date: Friday, March 7, 2014
Time: 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

Come to Zablocki Library's Book Club March 7th

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Ethan Frome book jacket.jpgZablocki Library will be hosting another book club discussion on Friday, March 7th. This time the group will discuss the Edith Wharton classic Ethan Frome.
In this classic novel, a New England farmer must choose between his duty to care for his invalid wife and his love for her cousin. If this inspires you to explore Edith Wharton's New York with the Friends of the Library, please read the information about this opportunity to do just that. The deadline for registering for this tour of New York is March 1st, so don't delay! We hope to see you at Zablocki's March book discussion no matter what. Zablocki Library's book club will continue to meet the first Friday of each month from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. No registration is required.

Library: Zablocki
Date: Friday, March 7, 2014
Time: 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

Join Zablocki Library's Book Club for Adults

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Cuckoo's calling book jacket.jpgThis month's selection will be The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. The book club discussion for this book will be held on Friday, February 7th from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. If you can't join us in February, please join us in a future meeting of this new book club. All subsequent book clubs will be held on the first Friday of the month at the same time, with the exception of July when there will be no meeting due to the Independence Day holiday. No registration is required and new members are always welcome.

Date: February 7, 2014
Time: 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.
Location: Zablocki Library located at 3501 W. Oklahome Ave. 53215


Hello goodbye hello.jpgThe East Library Adult Book Club is meeting at Martin Luther King Library during East Library construction. This month the East Library Book Club discusses Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings by Craig Brown. There's still plenty of time to pick up your copy at the library and start reading. Registration is not required and new members are always welcome. We hope to see you there!

Library: Martin Luther King
Date: Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

House of Stone book jacket.jpegIf you're looking for a book discussion this month, come join the East Library Book Club in its temporary location at the Martin Luther King Library, while East Library is under construction. This month, the group will discuss House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid. Reserve your copy at the library today, because they're moving fast.

Library: Martin Luther King Library

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Time: 7 P.M. to 8 P.M.

PrideOfBaghdad.jpegIf you're over the age of 18 and enjoy reading comic books and graphic novels from publishers like Vertigo and Fantagraphics, come to a meeting of Not Just for Kids Anymore, The Washington Park Comic Book & Graphic Novel Book Club. Books that will be read in this group are the equivalent of "Rated R" movies and are not appropriate for children. Selections for this club are intended for mature readers (18+). This month's selection is Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan & Niko Henrichon. Inspired by an account of U.S. soldiers encountering lions who had escaped from the Baghdad Zoo in the spring of 2003, Vaughan and Henrichon tell a story of four lions who are happy to be free but remain unsure what exactly to do with that freedom. The lions debate and philosophize as they wander the war-ravaged streets of Iraq's capital, recalling the loquacious livestock of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Check with a librarian to reserve your copies today!

Library: Washington Park Library

Date: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Time: 6:45 P.M. to 7: 45 P.M.

The Known World Book Discussion February 19

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Join us as we celebrate Black History Month with a discussion of the novel The Known World by Edward P. Jones.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 19
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Meeting Room I
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor — William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation — as well as of his own slaves. When he dies, his widow, Caldonia, succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart at their plantation: slaves take to escaping under the cover of night, and families who had once found love beneath the weight of slavery begin to betray one another. Beyond the Townsend estate, the known world also unravels: low-paid white patrollers stand watch as slave "speculators" sell free black people into slavery, and rumors of slave rebellions set white families against slaves who have served them for years.

An ambitious, luminously written novel that ranges seamlessly between the past and future and back again to the present, The Known World weaves together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks, whites, and Indians — and allows all of us a deeper understanding of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of slavery.

The Known World by Edward P. Jones was winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2004.


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