Classics Book Club

Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. (Note new date)

This month's selection is "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath.

Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under — maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational — as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche.

Copies of the book will be available at the front desk.

For the meeting location, email the facilitator, Jessica Magill, at


Booked for Lunch

Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Noon

This month's selection, "Siracusa" by Delia Ephron, is an electrifying novel about marriage and deceit. The book follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from each other are exposed and relationships are unraveled. New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine -- Finn, his wife, Taylor, and their daughter Snow. "From the beginning," says Taylor, "it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together." Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. 

Copies are available at the Service Desk.

The Booked for Lunch discussion group meets in the library's Brooks Room. The meetings are facilitated by Library Director Karen Demers.


Evening Book Discussion

Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.

Our book this month is "Harlem Shuffle" by Colson Whitehead

A furniture salesman in 1960s Harlem becomes a fence for shady cops, local gangsters, and low-life pornographers after his cousin involves him in a failed heist.

Request the book.

This monthly book discussion is facilitated by Assistant Director Mary Bell.


Classics Book Club

Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m.

Our next selection will be "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson.

This short novel explores a person's capacity for good and evil through the story of a kind and well-respected doctor who is transformed into a murderous madman by taking a secret drug of his own creation.

Copies of the book will be available at the front desk.

The club's facilitator, Jessica Magill, can be reached at


American History Book Club

Monday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m.

Our fourth book this year will be "Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann.

Find out what happened to the Osage Nation when it became suddenly wealthy.  The book also covers the beginnings of the FBI, but the discussion will focus on government treatment of the aboriginal people of North America.

Location:  The Brooks Room.


Cookbook Club

Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m.

The book for our November meeting is "The I Hate to Cook Book" by Peg Bracken.

This commemorative edition of the classic, humorous cookbook includes more than 180 easy recipes for those who fear the kitchen, from Philosopher's Chowder and Skinny Meatloaf to Fat Man's Shrimp and Immediate Fudge Cake.


Classics Book Club

Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m.

November's selection is "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien.

Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness.

Copies of the book will be available at the front desk.

The club's facilitator, Jessica Magill, can be reached at