Off the Shelf: Book Discussions for All Ages

By Sharon Saye on August 09, 2017 from Off the Shelf via

The library hosts a series of book discussion groups each month.  They are geared to various ages or various types of books.  Anyone with a Bridgeport library card can join.  We ask that you preregister so we have an idea of how many are attending. 
Our longest running book group is called “Book Talk.”  It meets on the third Wednesday of each month in the library conference room.  Contemporary fiction, West Virginia literature, acclaimed autobiographies, and other notable nonfiction books in these categories are among those read and discussed.  New members are enthusiastically welcomed.  This month’s book talk is scheduled for August 16 at 4 p.m.
This month’s book is “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles.  In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people.  It is an exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of “Enemy Women” that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
Our newest book group just started earlier this year and focuses on mysteries.  It meets on the third Friday of the month.  This month is scheduled for August 18 at 12 p.m..  The selection is “The Ex” by Alafair Burke.  Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers.  When she hears that her former fiancé, jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence.  The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him and why?
Our children’s book group is titled “Pizza and Pages.”  It is a monthly book club for children between the ages of 8 and 12.  Children interested in the program are invited to read the book in time for the scheduled discussion.  A limited number of copies of the books are available.  The next session is on September 14th; the selection is “A Long Way from Chicago” by Richard Peck about two siblings whose annual visits to their Grandma are colorful and hilarious episodes spanning the years 1929-1942 where she plots outlandish schemes to even the score with various members of her community.
Teen Read is scheduled on August 14 at 6 p.m.   “Carry On” by New York Times bestselling author, Rainbow Rowell, involves Simon Snow returning for his last year at the Watford School of Magicks.  Being the Chosen One is just no fun at all and especially when his arch nemesis doesn’t even bother to show up. 
And for those devoted to PBS and its British series, Tea & Talk takes place every Monday at 1 p.m. to discuss the latest episodes from the previous evening.  Beginning Monday, August 21, the discussion will focus on “Endeavor,” focusing on the personal and professional lives of Oxford’s finest including DC Endeavour Morse and DI Fred Thursday. 
The library’s programming schedules are available in free handouts at both the circulation desks as well as online at the library’s website.

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