Back Book & Discussion Groups | December Newsletter

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       Happy New Year from the Quincy Public Library!

The library wants to wish the happiest of new years to you and yours in 2020. We are thrilled to have spent another year serving you in 2019 and look forward to continuing these efforts in the New Year.

Click the “Read More” button if you would like to access our program guide and read about all the library has to offer you in the first part of 2020!

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Bookies | No Meeting in January

The Bookies book club will not meet in January. We will meet again on February 5 to discuss A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. 

 

 
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Unshelved | January 8 at 1pm 

Meets in the Small Conference Room

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending. 

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Renaissance Readers | January 14 at 10am

Meets in the Small Conference Room

Please note that Renaissance Readers will now meet at 10am. 

Native Son by Richard Wright

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.

Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.

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20s and 30s Book Club | January 15 at 6pm

Meets in the Small Conference Room

 The Bear and the Nightingale by Kristin Arden

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa's mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa's new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa's stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse's most frightening tales.

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Literary Angles | January 21 at 1:30pm

Meets in the Small Conference Room 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves.

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All Over the Page | January 21 at 7pm

Meets at the Village Inn in Quincy, IL

Join the fun by bringing any book you are passionate about and telling the book club all about it!  Members are asked to limit themselves to 5 minutes per book.  

 

 

 

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       Socrates Café

      Jan. 10 at 10:15am 

       Meets in the Large        

          Meeting Room 

 

Topic: Gender in Today's Society

Socrates Café meetings are gatherings where people from different backgrounds exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the central theme of Socratizing; the idea that we learn more when we question and when we question with others. Everyone is a philosopher; and everyone is welcome!

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    Candid Conversations

        June 15th at 10:15am

   Meets in the Large Meeting

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Topic: Ted talk: Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved

In life's toughest moments, how do you go on living? Kate Bowler has been exploring this question ever since she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer at age 35. In a profound, heartbreaking and unexpectedly funny talk, she offers some answers -- challenging the idea that "everything happens for a reason" and sharing hard-won wisdom about how to make sense of the world after your life is suddenly, completely changed. "I believe that in the darkness, even there, there will be beauty and there will be love," she says.