JCPL Book Groups
Books are even better when you can share them with a friend. Join one of our monthly reading groups.
The December selection for the Wheatfield Teen Book Discussion is "Dash & Lily's Book of Dares" by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. Lily has left an red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Join us and find out as we read this teen love story that takes place at Christmastime in the Big Apple. Program date Dec. 19 from 4:00-5:00 pm.
The December selection for the Wheatfield Book Club is "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt" by Beth Hoffman. For years twelve year old CeeCee Honeycutt has been taking care of her psychotic mother. When her mother is killed by a truck, CeeCee's Aunt Tootie whisks her away to Savannah where it seems the world is run by exotic women. These women keep CeeCee enthralled for an entire summer. Program date Dec. 10 at 1:00. There will be a holiday carry-in lunch.
The unbreakable bond of man and his best friend, a masterfully crafted story that teaches us that every creature on earth was born for a reason in “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron, the next selection chosen for the Bookies of DeMotte Book Discussion, Tuesday, November 19. Times to choose from are 2 & 7 pm.
The November selection of the Wheatfield Book Club is Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, a dreamer, looks out over the waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin, beautiful woman in white. He soon learns she is an American actress, and she is dying.
The November Teen Book Club selection @ the Wheatfield Library. The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski. In the world of Sheridan Wells life is perfect when she's decorating a cake. Unfortunately, everything else is a complete mess: her mom ran off years ago, her dad is more interested in his restaurant and the idea of a boyfriend is laughable. But Sheridan is convinced that finding her mom will solve all her problems. Is she right? This program will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 4-5 p.m.
As grad student Connie Goodwin is drawn deeper into the mysteries of her grandmother’s home, she discovers an ancient key within a 17th-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest--to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power. Come discuss The Physick book of Deliverance Dane by Katharine Howe 1pm Sept. 26 at the Rensselaer Library.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson | Major Pettigrew (retired), leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations. But then comes an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. The pair soon find their friendship blossoming into more, but village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and regarding her as the permanent foreigner. Join the Bookies of DeMotte on September 17, 2013.
Owen & Mzee - Easy Reader selection for Books 2 Bridge the Region (books2bridge.org) - 2013 Theme "Forces of Nature" | The touching true story of Owen, a baby hippo orphaned by a tsunami in 2004, and the amazing friendship that developed between him and Mzee, a curmudgeony 130-year-old Aldabra tortoise, at the Haller Park sanctuary in Africa.
I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis -- middle readers selection for Books 2 Bridge the Region (books2bridge.org) Northwest Indiana. 2013 Theme "Forces of Nature" | The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century.
October 2013 Selection for Books to Bridge the Region (books2bridge.org) - read it in the adult and teen book clubs at Wheatfield and the adult book clubs at Rensselaer and DeMotte. Fact: Under the bubbling hot springs of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don't know it's there and it's overdue for an eruption. Story: For 15 year old Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play video games and hang out. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts.
Balthazar Jones has lived in the Tower of London with his loving wife, Hebe, and his 120-year-old pet tortoise for the past eight years. He is a Beefeater, and it's no easy job living and working in the present-day tourist attraction. / Come share The Tower, The Zoo and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart with the Fourth Thursday Book Club of Rensselaer / 1p.m. August 22, 2013.
Silver Sparrow is the September selection for the Wheatfield Library's adult group. This is a breathtaking story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle. This discussion is set for September 10 @ 6 p.m. at the Wheatfield Branch.
Rachel Kalama, growing up in Honolulu at the end of the 19th century, is taken from her family at age 7 and exiled to a remote leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i in this fact-based novel by Alan Brennert. Come share this story with the Bookies of DeMotte on Wednesday, Aug 20. Times to choose from are 2 & 7 pm. (Title currently not available in the JCPL catalog -- ask us about Interlibrary Loan!)
The circus arrives without warning. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. It is called Le Cirque des Reves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians. Come discuss The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 1pm July 26 at the Rensselaer Library. Limited books still available.