Books Alive! Book Discussion

Our Library-sponsored group meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 2 pm. Books are available one month before meetings. All are welcome to attend!

unbrokenJanuary 20     Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Lauren Hillenbrand

The author of Seabiscuit brings us the biography of  Louis Zamperini, an athlete at the 1936  Berlin Olympics and American airman.  After his bomber crashes in the Pacific during Word War II , he survives 47 days on a life raft, only to picked up by the Japanese and interned in the most brutal POW camps. Eventually repatriated and suffering PTSD, he goes on to heal and forgive his persecutors.

Cookbook Club

When we explore a cookbook, it’s potluck meets book discussion! Sign up at the Reference Desk, pick a tasty recipe from our enticing selection (we’ll keep track to avoid duplicates), and prepare it for the program. We’ll sample lots of good food, talk about what worked and what didn’t, and select future cookbooks.

Plenty by Yotem Ottolenghi

Thursday, March 12, 6 pm

In March, we’ll cook from our first vegetarian cookbook, from one of Cookbook Club’s favorite authors.   Register in person by March 5

The Glory of Southern Cooking by James Villas

Thursday, May 21, 6 pm

Our book in May features an encyclopedia array of Southern classics, from pimento cheese to gumbo.  Register in person by May 14.


Film Discussion Group

Fridays, 7 pm

Watch independent, foreign, and classic movies on our giant screen, followed by brief discussion

     losangelesplaysJanuary 23    Los Angeles Plays Itself

Hundreds of film clips are used to illustrate how depictions of the world’s most filmed city have evolved in this documentary that’s a must-see for movie lovers.


Local Discussion Groups

If you host a book discussion group, the Library is always happy to provide copies of books, background information about authors, and book suggestions for future discussion.