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Friday 9 - 5:30
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Sundays: Closed in the summer months.
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Discuss Silver Sparrow, Monday, September 16th at 1pm & 7pm

Join us Monday, March 25th at 1pm or 7pm in the Hilton Garden Inn Room to discuss Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones.

With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, “My father, James Witherspoon is a bigamist,” Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the teenage girls caught in the middle.

Learn more about Tayari Jonese at

The Expats, Monday, October 21st, 1pm & 7pm

Join us Monday, October 21st at 1pm or 7pm in the Hilton Garden Inn Room to discuss The Expats by Chris Pavone.

“Bristling with suspense and elegantly crafted, The Expats introduces a compelling and powerful female protagonist you won’t soon forget. Well done!”
—Patricia Cornwell

Learn more about Chris Pavone at his website,

Italian Shoes, Monday, November 18th at 1pm & 7pm

Join us Monday, November 18th at 1pm or 7pm in the Hilton Garden Inn Room to discuss Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell.

Living on a tiny island entirely surrounded by ice during the long winter months, Fredrik Welin is so lost to the world that he cuts a hole in the ice every morning and lowers himself into the freezing water to remind himself that he is alive. Haunted by memories of the terrible mistake that drove him to this island and away from a successful career as a surgeon, he lives in a stasis so complete an anthill grows undisturbed in his living room.

When an unexpected visitor alters his life completely, thus begins an eccentric, elegiac journey-one that shows Mankell at the very height of his powers as a novelist.

Learn more about Henning Mankell at his website,

Nonfiction Book Discussion Group

The library has started a new adult book discussion series focusing on nonfiction titles. The group will meet the first Wednesday in April, May and June at 7:00 in the Hilton Garden Inn Room. All are welcome.

Upcoming Book Discussions...

Discuss Boys in the Boat, Wednesday, December 4th, 7pm

Join us Wednesday, October 2nd at 7pm in the Hilton Garden Inn Room to discuss Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

Boys in the Boat tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. It traces the story of the team that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.

Learn more about Daniel James Brown at his website,

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Discuss Happy, Wednesday, November 6th, 7pm

Join us Wednesday, November 6th at 7pm in the Hilton Garden Inn Room to discuss Happy by Alex Lemon.

"Happy" is poet Lemon's electrifying memoir about his struggles with his past, his addictions, and the wreckage of his body after his first stroke at the age of 19.

Learn more about Alex Lemon at his website,

Discuss Wild, Wednesday, October 2nd, 7pm

Join us Wednesday, October 2nd at 7pm in the Hilton Garden Inn Room to discuss Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Learn more about Cheryl Strayed at her website,

Discuss A Queer and Pleasant Danger, Wed., Sept. 4th at 7pm

Join us Wednesday, September 4th at 7pm in the Hilton Garden Inn Room to discuss Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein.

Wickedly funny and disarmingly honest, this is Bornstein’s most intimate book yet. With wisdom, wit, and an unwavering resolution to tell the truth (“I must not tell lies”), Bornstein shares her story: from a nice Jewish boy growing up in New Jersey to a strappingly handsome lieutenant of the Church of Scientology’s Sea flagship vessel, and later to 1990s Seattle, where she becomes a rising star in the lesbian community. In between there are wives and lovers, heartbreak and triumph, bridges mended and broken, and a journey of self-discovery that will mesmerize readers.

Learn more about Kate Bornstein at her website,








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