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!

Destiny of the RepublicTuesday, April 21, 2 pm

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and Murder of a President by Candice Millard

This nonfiction book is a dual biography of the 20th U. S. President and his assassin Charles Guiteau. James Garfield rose from poverty to become a teacher, Union army general, and admired congressman. He was shot by a deranged office seeker just four months after the inauguration. This engaging book is an insightful look at the political and scientific developments of late nineteenth-century America.


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.

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


May 1

Strange Little Cat (2013, dir. Ramon Zürcher; 72 min.)

This unusual film, about nothing more than a family preparing for dinner, offers gentle surrealism reminiscent of Jacques Tati.




May 15

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013, dir. Isao Takahata; 137 min.)

A princess is discovered in a stalk of bamboo in this magical, painterly animated film.


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.