Events in the next 6 months

Title: Middle Grade Book Club: Not Quite a Ghost
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
Time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Book Discussions, Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Join us to discuss Not Quite a Ghost by Anne Ursu! Email sjohnson@forbeslibrary.org to sign up! This month we'll be meeting in person in the Community Room or on the lawn if it's sunny.

About the book: “Everything seemed to be changing at once. But sometimes, Violet tells herself, change is okay. That is, until Violet sees her new room. The attic bedroom in their new house is shadowy, creaky, and wrapped in old yellow wallpaper covered with a faded tangle of twisting vines and sickly flowers. And then, after moving in, Violet falls ill—and does not get better. And soon, Violet starts to suspect that she might not be alone in the room at all.”

“This is a story about a haunted house—but it’s also a fresh, modern look at unexplained health issues, COVID-19 anxiety, changing friendships, and blended families. Compulsively readable and relatable, Ursu’s twisty middle grade novel is highly recommended.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

***Starred reviews from School Library Journal, The Horn Book, and the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books***

Title: HYBRID: Afternoon Book Discussion: Better Living Through Birding
Date: Friday, June 21, 2024
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

This month's book is Better Living Through Birding by Christian Cooper. 

You can request a copy of the book from the library catalog. 

About the book: 

Christian Cooper is a self-described “Blerd” (Black nerd), an avid comics fan and expert birder who devotes every spring to gazing upon the migratory birds that stop to rest in Central Park, just a subway ride away from where he lives in New York City. While in the park one morning in May 2020, Cooper was engaged in the birdwatching ritual that had been a part of his life since he was ten years old when what might have been a routine encounter with a dog walker exploded age-old racial tensions. Cooper’s viral video of the incident would send shock waves through the nation.In Better Living Through Birding, Cooper tells the story of his extraordinary life leading up to the now-infamous incident in Central Park and shows how a life spent looking up at the birds prepared him, in the most uncanny of ways, to be a gay, Black man in America today. From sharpened senses that work just as well at a protest as in a park to what a bird like the Common Grackle can teach us about self-acceptance, Better Living Through Birding exults in the pleasures of a life lived in pursuit of the natural world and invites you to discover them yourself.Equal parts memoir, travelogue, and primer on the art of birding, this is Cooper’s story of learning to claim and defend space for himself and others like him, from his days at Marvel Comics introducing the first gay storylines to vivid and life-changing birding expeditions through Africa, Australia, the Americas, and the Himalayas. Better Living Through Birding recounts Cooper’s journey through the wonderful world of birds and what they can teach us about life, if only we would look and listen.

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Title: HYBRID: Social Justice Book Group: The City We Became
Date: Friday, June 21, 2024
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

This month we will discuss: The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin.

 You can request this title from our catalog. 

About the book:

Five New Yorkers must come together in order to save their city from destruction in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin. Every great city has a soul. Some are ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York? She's got six. When a young man crosses the bridge into New York City, something changes. He doesn't remember who he is, where he's from, or even his own name. But he can feel the pulse of the city, can see its history, can access its magic. And he's not the only one. All across the boroughs, strange things are happening. Something is threatening to destroy the city and her six newborn avatars unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.


We strive to learn more about the world outside our own bubbles. We read both nonfiction and fiction on timely topics and in our discussions try to challenge our own assumptions without judging one another.


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We will be hosting a hybrid meeting, so you can also attend in person in the Watson Room at Forbes. 


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Title: HYBRID Presidents Book Group
Date: Monday, June 24, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location: Coolidge Museum
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Coolidge, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

The Presidential Book Group, recently concluded its first journey, reading biographies of every American president from Washington to Trump.

If you want to embark on the journey, now is your chance! The group will start anew on January 22, beginning with “Washington: A Life” by famed biographer Ron Chernow.  In this group you will deepen your understanding of the American presidency as we trace the history of the presidency, beginning with George Washington, and watching how American democracy evolved in ways the Founders never anticipated. We'll follow how presidents, both celebrated and forgotten, grappled with slavery, economics, executive power and America's role in the world. In doing so, we'll broaden our knowledge of Coolidge and where his presidency fits in the American story. 

The group meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 PM EST, which you can attend in person in the Coolidge Museum or on Zoom. Discussions will be facilitated by Bill Scher, vice president of the museum’s Standing Committee.

 

Email Coolidge@forbeslibrary.org to join the email list or for more information.

 

Title: Mystery Book Discussion: Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers
Date: Monday, June 24, 2024
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

This month's selection is Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto

About the book: 

Knives Out meets Kim's Convenience in this captivating mystery by Jesse Q. Sutanto, bestselling author of Dial A for Aunties. Vera Wong is a lonely little old lady--ah, lady of a certain age--who lives above her forgotten tea shop in the middle of San Francisco's Chinatown. Despite living alone, Vera is not needy, oh no. She likes nothing more than sipping on a good cup of Wulong and doing some healthy detective work on the Internet about what her college-aged son is up to. Then one morning, Vera trudges downstairs to find a curious thing--a dead man in the middle of her tea shop. In his outstretched hand, a flash drive. Vera doesn't know what comes over her, but after calling the cops like any good citizen would, she sort of ... swipes the flash drive from the body and tucks it safely into the pocket of her apron. Why? Because Vera is sure she would do a better job than the police possibly could, because nobody sniffs out a wrongdoing quite like a suspicious Chinese mother with time on her hands. Vera knows the killer will be back for the flash drive; all she has to do is watch the increasing number of customers at her shop and figure out which one among them is the killer. What Vera does not expect is to form friendships with her customers and start to care for each and every one of them. As a protective mother hen, will she end up having to give one of her newfound chicks to the police?

The Mystery Book Discussion Group meets monthly for a casual discussion. New members are always welcome. Pick up a copy of this month's discussion book at the library. Email Maureen Carney, the facilitator, for updated virtual meeting info.

 

 

Title: Paradise City Readers: Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Date: Monday, July 1, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Forbes Library
Location: Community Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

Respectful, queer/LGBT-friendly, easy-going bunch who want an excuse to get out more and talk about books. And have some snacks. Meetings take place on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. You can reach our group at paradisecityreaders@gmail.com

This month's discussion will be about Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

About the book: 

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart. At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most. An emotionally charged coming-of-age novel, Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again.

 

 

Title: Science Fiction and Fantasy Discussion: Contact
Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

Anyone interested in Science Fiction or Fantasy is welcome. Although we focus on this month’s selection, we will discuss any topics related to Science Fiction or Fantasy, books or movies.

This month's discussion will cover Contact by Carl Sagan

About the book: 

Astrophysicist Dr. Rebecca Blake deciphers a message from outer space and finds that the message contains directions for the construction of a complicated machine.

 

 

 

Title: HYBRID Second Monday Book Discussion: Summer
Date: Monday, July 8, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

We'll be reading Summer by Ali Smith. Request a copy of this book by placing a hold

About the book: 

In the present, Sacha knows the world’s in trouble. Her brother Robert just is trouble. Their mother and father are having trouble. Meanwhile, the world’s in meltdown­—and the real meltdown hasn’t even started yet. In the past, a lovely summer. A different brother and sister know they’re living on borrowed time. This is a story about people on the brink of change. They’re family, but they think they’re strangers. So: Where does family begin? And what do people who think they’ve got nothing in common have in common? Summer.

 

Literary minded discussion. Open to new members. Join us in person or join via Zoom!

 

 

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Title: HYBRID: Nature and Environment Book Club: Your Inner Fish
Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Hilary Caws-Elwitt
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

Please contact facilitator Hilary Caws-Elwitt for updated meeting info.

 

The Nature and Environment Book Club is devoted to the best of nature writing and environmental reporting with discussions on the second Wednesday of each month. Readers and writers interested in books ranging from such classics as Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek to topical reportage like Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction will want to join the conversation.

 

This month's book is Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin

Get a copy from the library by placing a hold.

About the book:

Neil Shubin, a leading paleontologist and professor of anatomy who discovered Tiktaalik--the "missing link" that made headlines around the world in April 2006--tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. By examining fossils and DNA, Shubin shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our head is organized like that of a long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genome look and function like those of worms and bacteria.

 

Title: VIRTUAL Herstory book group
Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Categories: Book Discussions, Coolidge, Recurring Events
Description:

Why they marched by Susan Ware The July discussion will focus on suffrage and read  Why they marched : untold stories of the women who fought for the right to vote by Susan Ware. It is available through CWMARS in print, cd audio and playaway (audio).  Forbes Library circulates portable CD players.    

To elevate the voices of women in American history, a new book club is being offered by the The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum. The inspiration for the club, Herstory: Women in American History, came from some members of the museum's Presidential Book Club, who expressed a desire to read more about the context of historical figures, and to hear from and about the women involved in the building of our nation. 

Selections in the book club will include biographies of women interspersed with texts on significant periods in American history. This way, book club members can place the women they read about in context and gain a fuller understanding of their challenges and achievements.

This group meets on Zoom on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM 

This group is moderated by Coolidge Museum Committee members Leslie Skantz-Hodgson (Smith Vocational School Librarian) and Rob Weir (retired professor of history).  

To join the email list or for more information, email Coolidge@forbeslibrary.org 

 

 

Title: VIRTUAL ONLY: Romance Book Discussion
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

Get your Happily Ever After fix from the [Springfield City Library] Romance Book Club!

ONLINE via Zoom Saturdays once a month | 10:00-11:00 AM | Adults

Join us for the Romance Book Club!

We read as many romance genres as we can, sharing our thoughts and expanding our romance reading experience. As long as it has a Happily Ever After, it’s fair game.

Each month we choose the book for the following month.

For more information, this month's pick, and to register (optional), visit our friends at Springfield City Library

Future dates:
August 10
September 7
October 5
November 2
December 14

Title: HYBRID: Great Books Discussion: The Leopard
Date: Monday, July 15, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Hilary Caws-Elwitt
Location: Community Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

Please contact facilitator Hilary Caws-Elwitt for updated meeting info.

This month's selection is The Leopard by Giuseppe Lampedusa. You can place a hold on this title from the catalog

About the book: 

Set in Sicily in the 1860s, during the tumult of Italian unification, THE LEOPARD tells the spellbinding story of a decadent, fading aristocracy threatened by the approaching forces of revolution and democracy. Its author, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, who was the last in a line of Sicilian princes, wrote the novel in the 1950s, inspired by the decline of his own family.   Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina, remains skeptical and stoic as he finds himself beset by civil war, social change, and his family’s loss of wealth and status. While his beloved nephew, Tancredi, more practical and flexible than he, joins the nationalist rebels and marries the ambitious daughter of a newly rich upstart, Don Fabrizio takes refuge in his love of astronomy, gazing at the unchanging stars while the world as he has known it crumbles around him. The dramatic sweep and richness of Lampedusa’s observation, his seamless intertwining of public and private worlds, and his sure grasp of human frailty imbue THE LEOPARD with its melancholy beauty and power.  

The Great Books discussion is structured so that the evening’s selected reading is discussed in a think tank environment with the intention of gaining insight from other readers that one would not have by reading alone. The seminar facilitator asks questions of the participants about the reading selection and helps the discussion stay focused. Our main goal is to have fun and take many interpretations from the group in order to enjoy a greater understanding of a selected reading.

Discussions are open to everyone and free of charge.  For a list of past and future discussion books and to contact the group visit, http://mail.salticid.com/mailman/listinfo/forbes_great_books_salticid.com.

About the facilitator:

Hilary Caws-Elwitt has her BA in English & American Literature from Harvard, MLS from University of Arizona, and ran Susquehanna County Reads for its first 4 years. But mostly she loves reading and discussing the books!

Title: HYBRID: Afternoon Book Discussion: Island of Missing Trees
Date: Friday, July 19, 2024
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

This month's book is Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak. You can request a copy of the book from the library catalog. 

About the book: 

Two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, meet at a taverna on the island they both call home. In the taverna, hidden beneath garlands of garlic, chili peppers and creeping honeysuckle, Kostas and Defne grow in their forbidden love for each other. A fig tree stretches through a cavity in the roof, and this tree bears witness to their hushed, happy meetings and eventually, to their silent, surreptitious departures. The tree is there when war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to ashes and rubble, and when the teenagers vanish. Decades later, Kostas returns. He is a botanist looking for native species, but really, he’s searching for lost love.Years later a Ficus carica grows in the back garden of a house in London where Ada Kazantzakis lives. This tree is her only connection to an island she has never visited--- her only connection to her family’s troubled history and her complex identity as she seeks to untangle years of secrets to find her place in the world.A moving, beautifully written, and delicately constructed story of love, division, transcendence, history, and eco-consciousness, The Island of Missing Trees is Elif Shafak’s best work yet.

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Title: HYBRID: Social Justice Book Group: Summer Break!
Date: Friday, July 19, 2024
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Cancelled, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

We are taking July and August off. See you in September!

 

Title: Mystery Book Discussion: Five Decembers
Date: Monday, July 22, 2024
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

This month's selection is Five Decembers by James Kestrel

About the book: 

December 1941. America teeters on the brink of war, and in Honolulu, Hawaii, police detective Joe McGrady is assigned to investigate a homicide that will change his life forever. Because the trail of murder he uncovers will lead him across the Pacific, far from home and the woman he loves; and though the U.S. doesn't know it yet, a Japanese fleet is already steaming toward Pearl Harbor.  This extraordinary novel is so much more than just a gripping crime story—it's a story of survival against all odds, of love and loss and the human cost of war. Spanning the entirety of World War II, FIVE DECEMBERS is a beautiful, masterful, powerful novel that will live in your memory forever.

The Mystery Book Discussion Group meets monthly for a casual discussion. New members are always welcome. Pick up a copy of this month's discussion book at the library. Email Maureen Carney, the facilitator, for updated virtual meeting info.

 

 

Title: HYBRID Presidents Book Group
Date: Monday, July 29, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location: Coolidge Museum
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Coolidge, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

NOTE for summer schedules we will meet on the 5th Monday in July and skip August 

July 29 we will discuss Andrew Jackson 

American Lion by John Meacham (print, large print, e-book, e-audio or CD audio) or alternatives are Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times By: HW Brands (print, large print, CD audio) or Jacksonland by Steve Inskeep (print or CD audio)

The Presidential Book Group is reading biographies of each President in chronological order.  Join us anytime along this journey.  

The group meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 PM EST, which you can attend in person in the Coolidge Museum or on Zoom. Discussions will be facilitated by Bill Scher, vice president of the Coolidge Museum Committee.

 

Email Coolidge@forbeslibrary.org to join the email list and receive the zoom link.

 

Title: Paradise City Readers: Last Night at the Telegraph Club
Date: Monday, August 5, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Forbes Library
Location: Community Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

Respectful, queer/LGBT-friendly, easy-going bunch who want an excuse to get out more and talk about books. And have some snacks. Meetings take place on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. You can reach our group at paradisecityreaders@gmail.com

This month's discussion will be about Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

About the book: 

Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can't remember exactly when the feeling took root—that desire to look, to move closer, to touch. Whenever it started growing, it definitely bloomed the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club. Suddenly everything seemed possible. But America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father—despite his hard-won citizenship—Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.

 

 

Title: Science Fiction and Fantasy Discussion: Babel
Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

Anyone interested in Science Fiction or Fantasy is welcome. Although we focus on this month’s selection, we will discuss any topics related to Science Fiction or Fantasy, books or movies.

This month's discussion will cover Babel by R. F. Kuang

About the book: 

From award-winning author R. F. Kuang comes Babel, a thematic response to The Secret History and a tonal retort to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell that grapples with student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of language and translation as the dominating tool of the British empire.

Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal.

1828. Robin Swift, orphaned by cholera in Canton, is brought to London by the mysterious Professor Lovell. There, he trains for years in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese, all in preparation for the day he’ll enroll in Oxford University’s prestigious Royal Institute of Translation—also known as Babel.

Babel is the world's center for translation and, more importantly, magic. Silver working—the art of manifesting the meaning lost in translation using enchanted silver bars—has made the British unparalleled in power, as its knowledge serves the Empire’s quest for colonization.

For Robin, Oxford is a utopia dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. But knowledge obeys power, and as a Chinese boy raised in Britain, Robin realizes serving Babel means betraying his motherland. As his studies progress, Robin finds himself caught between Babel and the shadowy Hermes Society, an organization dedicated to stopping imperial expansion. When Britain pursues an unjust war with China over silver and opium, Robin must decide…

Can powerful institutions be changed from within, or does revolution always require violence? 

 

 

 

Title: VIRTUAL ONLY: Romance Book Discussion
Date: Saturday, August 10, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

Get your Happily Ever After fix from the [Springfield City Library] Romance Book Club!

ONLINE via Zoom Saturdays once a month | 10:00-11:00 AM | Adults

Join us for the Romance Book Club!

We read as many romance genres as we can, sharing our thoughts and expanding our romance reading experience. As long as it has a Happily Ever After, it’s fair game.

Each month we choose the book for the following month.

For more information, this month's pick, and to register (optional), visit our friends at Springfield City Library

Future dates:
September 7
October 5
November 2
December 14

Title: HYBRID Second Monday Book Discussion: If I Survive You
Date: Monday, August 12, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

We'll be reading If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery. Request a copy of this book by placing a hold

About the book: 

In the 1970s, Topper and Sanya flee to Miami as political violence consumes their native Kingston. But America, as the couple and their two children learn, is far from the promised land. Excluded from society as Black immigrants, the family pushes on through Hurricane Andrew and later the 2008 recession, living in a house so cursed that the pet fish launches itself out of its own tank rather than stay. But even as things fall apart, the family remains motivated, often to its own detriment, by what the younger son, Trelawny, calls “the exquisite, racking compulsion to survive.”Masterfully constructed with heart and humor, the linked stories in Jonathan Escoffery’s If I Survive You center on Trelawny as he struggles to carve out a place for himself amid financial disaster, racism, and flat-out bad luck. After a fight with Topper, Trelawny claws his way out of homelessness through a series of odd, often hilarious jobs. Meanwhile, his brother, Delano, attempts a disastrous cash grab to get his kids back, and his cousin Cukie looks for a father who doesn’t want to be found. As each character searches for a foothold, they never forget the profound danger of climbing without a safety net.Pulsing with vibrant lyricism and inimitable style, sly commentary and contagious laughter, Escoffery’s debut unravels what it means to be in between homes and cultures in a world at the mercy of capitalism and whiteness. With If I Survive You, Escoffery announces himself as a prodigious storyteller in a class of his own, a chronicler of American life at its most gruesome and hopeful.

 

Literary minded discussion. Open to new members. Join us in person or join via Zoom!

 

 

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Title: Nature and Environment Book Club: The Devil's Element
Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Hilary Caws-Elwitt
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

Please contact facilitator Hilary Caws-Elwitt for updated meeting info.

 

The Nature and Environment Book Club is devoted to the best of nature writing and environmental reporting with discussions on the second Wednesday of each month. Readers and writers interested in books ranging from such classics as Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek to topical reportage like Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction will want to join the conversation.

 

This month's book is The Devil's Element by Dan Egan. 

Get a copy from the library by placing a hold.

About the book:

The story of phosphorus spans the globe and vast tracts of human history. The race to mine phosphorus took people from the battlefields of Waterloo, which were looted for the bones of fallen soldiers, to the fabled guano islands off Peru, the Bone Valley of Florida, and the sand dunes of the Western Sahara. Over the past century, phosphorus has made farming vastly more productive, feeding the enormous increase in the human population. Yet, as Egan harrowingly reports, our overreliance on this vital crop nutrient is today causing toxic algae blooms and "dead zones" in waterways from the coasts of Florida to the Mississippi River basin to the Great Lakes and beyond. Egan also explores the alarming reality that diminishing access to phosphorus poses a threat to the food system worldwide--which risks rising conflict and even war.

 

Title: CANCELED VIRTUAL Herstory book group
Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2024
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Categories: Book Discussions, Coolidge, Recurring Events
Description:

NO MEETING THIS MONTH

The Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library is starting a new book group in 2024 to focus of reading women's history and social history.  

As her husband John met in Philadelphia to discuss forming a new nation, Abigail Adams wrote to implore him, 'I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.' Alas, it would be another 150 years before they even got the right to vote. But women were neither silent nor passive then or now.

To elevate the voices of women in American history, a new book club is being offered by the The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum. The inspiration for the club, Herstory: Women in American History, came from some members of the museum's Presidential Book Club, who expressed a desire to read more about the context of historical figures, and to hear from and about the women involved in the building of our nation. 

Selections in the book club will include biographies of women interspersed with texts on significant periods in American history. This way, book club members can place the women they read about in context and gain a fuller understanding of their challenges and achievements.

This group meets on Zoom on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM 

This group is moderated by Coolidge Museum Committee members Leslie Skantz-Hodgson (Smith Vocational School Librarian) and Rob Weir (retired professor of history).  

To join the email list or for more information, email Coolidge@forbeslibrary.org 

 

 

Title: HYBRID: Afternoon Book Discussion: Gilded Mountain
Date: Friday, August 16, 2024
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

This month's book is Gilded Mountain by Kate Manning. You can request a copy of the book from the library catalog. 

About the book: 

Set in early 1900s Colorado, the unforgettable tale of a young woman who bravely faces the consequences of speaking out against injustice.In a voice spiked with sly humor, Sylvie Pelletier recounts leaving her family’s snowbound mountain cabin to work in a manor house for the Padgetts, owners of the marble-mining company that employs her father and dominates the town. Sharp-eyed Sylvie is awed by the luxury around her; fascinated by her employer, the charming “Countess” Inge, and confused by the erratic affections of Jasper, the bookish heir to the family fortune. Her fairy-tale ideas of romance take a dark turn when she realizes the Padgetts’ lofty philosophical talk is at odds with the unfair labor practices that have enriched them. Their servants, the Gradys, formerly enslaved people, have long known this to be true and are making plans to form a utopian community on the Colorado prairie. Outside the manor walls, the town of Moonstone is roiling with discontent. A handsome union organizer, along with labor leader Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, is stirring up the quarry workers. The editor of the local newspaper—a bold woman who takes Sylvie on as an apprentice—is publishing unflattering accounts of the Padgett Company. Sylvie navigates vastly different worlds and struggles to find her way amid conflicting loyalties. When the harsh winter brings tragedy, Sylvie must choose between silence and revenge. Drawn from true stories of Colorado history, Gilded Mountain is a tale of a bygone American West seized by robber barons and settled by immigrants, and is a story infused with longing—for self-expression and equality, freedom and adventure.

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Title: HYBRID: Social Justice Book Group: Summer Break!
Date: Friday, August 16, 2024
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Cancelled, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

We are taking July and August off. See you in September!

 

 

Title: HYBRID: Great Books Discussion: Babbitt
Date: Monday, August 19, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Hilary Caws-Elwitt
Location: Community Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

Please contact facilitator Hilary Caws-Elwitt for updated meeting info.

This month's selection is Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis.  You can place a hold on this book from the catalog

About the book: 

George F. Babbitt, a conniving, prosperous real estate man from Zenith, Ohio, revels in his popularity, his success, and, especially, in the material rewards they bring. He bullies his wife, flirts with other women, and patronizes the less successful. But when his best friend is sent to prison for killing his wife, Babbitt's middle-class complacency is shattered, and he rebels, seeking a more "meaningful" life. His small revolt is quickly defeated, however, by public opinion and his own need for acceptance. Babbitt captures the flavor of America during the economic boom years of the 1920's, and its protagonist has become the symbol of middle-class mediocrity, his name an enduring part of the American lexicon.

The Great Books discussion is structured so that the evening’s selected reading is discussed in a think tank environment with the intention of gaining insight from other readers that one would not have by reading alone. The seminar facilitator asks questions of the participants about the reading selection and helps the discussion stay focused. Our main goal is to have fun and take many interpretations from the group in order to enjoy a greater understanding of a selected reading.

Discussions are open to everyone and free of charge.  For a list of past and future discussion books and to contact the group visit, http://mail.salticid.com/mailman/listinfo/forbes_great_books_salticid.com.

About the facilitator:

Hilary Caws-Elwitt has her BA in English & American Literature from Harvard, MLS from University of Arizona, and ran Susquehanna County Reads for its first 4 years. But mostly she loves reading and discussing the books!

Title: CANCELED HYBRID Presidents Book Group
Date: Monday, August 26, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location: Coolidge Museum
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Coolidge, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

NO MEETING THIS MONTH 

The group meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 PM EST, which you can attend in person in the Coolidge Museum or on Zoom. Discussions will be facilitated by Bill Scher, vice president of the museum’s Standing Committee.

 

Email Coolidge@forbeslibrary.org to join the email list or for more information.

 

Title: Mystery Book Discussion: Deer Season
Date: Monday, August 26, 2024
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

This month's selection is Deer Season by Erin Flanagan

About the book: 

It’s the opening weekend of deer season in Gunthrum, Nebraska, in 1985, and Alma Costagan’s intellectually disabled farmhand, Hal Bullard, has gone hunting with some of the locals, leaving her in a huff. That same weekend, a teenage girl goes missing, and Hal returns with a flimsy story about the blood in his truck and a dent near the headlight. When the situation escalates from that of a missing girl to something more sinister, Alma and her husband are forced to confront what Hal might be capable of, as rumors fly and townspeople see Hal’s violent past in a new light. A drama about the complicated relationships connecting the residents of a small-town farming community, Deer Season explores troubling questions about how far people will go to safeguard the ones they love and what it means to be a family.

The Mystery Book Discussion Group meets monthly for a casual discussion. New members are always welcome. Pick up a copy of this month's discussion book at the library. Email Maureen Carney, the facilitator, for updated virtual meeting info.

 

 

Title: Paradise City Readers: Western Lane
Date: Monday, September 2, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Forbes Library
Location: Community Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

Respectful, queer/LGBT-friendly, easy-going bunch who want an excuse to get out more and talk about books. And have some snacks. Meetings take place on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. You can reach our group at paradisecityreaders@gmail.com

This month's discussion will be about Western Lane by Chetna Maroo

About the book: 

Eleven-year-old Gopi has been playing squash since she was old enough to hold a racket. When her mother dies, her father enlists her in a quietly brutal training regimen, and the game becomes her world. Slowly, she grows apart from her sisters. Her life is reduced to the sport, guided by its rhythms: the serve, the volley, the drive, the shot and its echo.But on the court, she is not alone. She is with her pa. She is with Ged, a thirteen-year-old boy with his own formidable talent. She is with the players who have come before her. She is in awe. An indelible coming-of-age story, Chetna Maroo’s first novel captures the ordinary and annihilates it with beauty. Western Lane is a valentine to innocence, to the closeness of sisterhood, to the strange ways we come to know ourselves and each other.

 

 

Title: Science Fiction and Fantasy Discussion: TBD
Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

Anyone interested in Science Fiction or Fantasy is welcome. Although we focus on this month’s selection, we will discuss any topics related to Science Fiction or Fantasy, books or movies.

This month's discussion will cover . . . 

About the book: 

 

 

 

 

Title: VIRTUAL ONLY: Romance Book Discussion
Date: Saturday, September 7, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

Get your Happily Ever After fix from the [Springfield City Library] Romance Book Club!

ONLINE via Zoom Saturdays once a month | 10:00-11:00 AM | Adults

Join us for the Romance Book Club!

We read as many romance genres as we can, sharing our thoughts and expanding our romance reading experience. As long as it has a Happily Ever After, it’s fair game.

Each month we choose the book for the following month.

For more information, this month's pick, and to register (optional), visit our friends at Springfield City Library

Future dates:
October 5
November 2
December 14

Title: HYBRID Second Monday Book Discussion: TBD
Date: Monday, September 9, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

We'll be reading . . . Request a copy of this book by placing a hold

About the book: 

 

 

Literary minded discussion. Open to new members. Join us in person or join via Zoom!

 

 

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Title: Nature and Environment Book Club: Of Wolves and Men
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Hilary Caws-Elwitt
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

Please contact facilitator Hilary Caws-Elwitt for updated meeting info.

 

The Nature and Environment Book Club is devoted to the best of nature writing and environmental reporting with discussions on the second Wednesday of each month. Readers and writers interested in books ranging from such classics as Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek to topical reportage like Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction will want to join the conversation.

 

This month's book is Of Wolves and Men by Barry Lopez. 

Get a copy from the library by placing a hold.

About the book:

No animal has gripped man's imagination as strongly as the wolf. Feared, hated, reviled, he has been regarded as the embodiment of evil. Now, in an age of science, people defend the wolf's role in nature; some have even come to romanticize him. But still we have not seen the whole wolf. This talented and perceptive writer shows us not only the wolf of the scientist but the wolf of the Eskimo and the Indian, the wolf of the wolf killer, the wolf of the imagination--werewolves, feral children, the wolf of folklore and fable--and in so doing creates a compelling picture of both the wolf as animal and the wolf that man has created. Everyone sees a different wolf. The scientist sees an animal as defined by his data. The Eskimo, whose powers of observation closely resemble the wolf's, sees an animal very much like himself--hunter and provider. For the native American the wolf was a spiritual symbol, an animal who lived in a way that would make both individual and tribe strong. For the wolf killer he was often an irrational, frenzied predator that must be annihilated. In the human imagination he has most often been a subconscious scapegoat for the bestiality of men. Barry Lopez draws the reader into the world of the wolf and the ideas that surround him. With the vision of a poet, he sorts truth from untruth to come as close as one can to an understanding of how man creates animals. In reading this book we not only learn a great deal about wolves, but we come face to face with ourselves.

 

Title: VIRTUAL Herstory book group
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2024
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Categories: Book Discussions, Coolidge, Recurring Events
Description:

The Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library is starting a new book group in 2024 to focus of reading women's history and social history.  

As her husband John met in Philadelphia to discuss forming a new nation, Abigail Adams wrote to implore him, 'I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.' Alas, it would be another 150 years before they even got the right to vote. But women were neither silent nor passive then or now.

To elevate the voices of women in American history, a new book club is being offered by the The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum. The inspiration for the club, Herstory: Women in American History, came from some members of the museum's Presidential Book Club, who expressed a desire to read more about the context of historical figures, and to hear from and about the women involved in the building of our nation. 

Selections in the book club will include biographies of women interspersed with texts on significant periods in American history. This way, book club members can place the women they read about in context and gain a fuller understanding of their challenges and achievements.

This group meets on Zoom on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM 

This group is moderated by Coolidge Museum Committee members Leslie Skantz-Hodgson (Smith Vocational School Librarian) and Rob Weir (retired professor of history).  

To join the email list or for more information, email Coolidge@forbeslibrary.org 

 

 

Title: HYBRID: Great Books Discussion: TBD
Date: Monday, September 16, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Hilary Caws-Elwitt
Location: Community Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

Please contact facilitator Hilary Caws-Elwitt for updated meeting info.

This month's selection is . . .   

Place a hold on . . . 

About the book: 

 

The Great Books discussion is structured so that the evening’s selected reading is discussed in a think tank environment with the intention of gaining insight from other readers that one would not have by reading alone. The seminar facilitator asks questions of the participants about the reading selection and helps the discussion stay focused. Our main goal is to have fun and take many interpretations from the group in order to enjoy a greater understanding of a selected reading.

Discussions are open to everyone and free of charge.  For a list of past and future discussion books and to contact the group visit, http://mail.salticid.com/mailman/listinfo/forbes_great_books_salticid.com.

About the facilitator:

Hilary Caws-Elwitt has her BA in English & American Literature from Harvard, MLS from University of Arizona, and ran Susquehanna County Reads for its first 4 years. But mostly she loves reading and discussing the books!

Title: HYBRID: Afternoon Book Discussion: Bad Cree
Date: Friday, September 20, 2024
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

This month's book is Bad Cree by Jessica Johns. You can request a copy of the book from the library catalog. 

About the book: 

When Mackenzie wakes up with a severed crow's head in her hands, she panics. Only moments earlier she had been fending off masses of birds in a snow-covered forest. In bed, when she blinks, the head disappears.   Night after night, Mackenzie’s dreams return her to a memory from before her sister Sabrina’s untimely death: a weekend at the family’s lakefront campsite, long obscured by a fog of guilt. But when the waking world starts closing in, too—a murder of crows stalks her every move around the city, she wakes up from a dream of drowning throwing up water, and gets threatening text messages from someone claiming to be Sabrina—Mackenzie knows this is more than she can handle alone.Traveling north to her rural hometown in Alberta, she finds her family still steeped in the same grief that she ran away to Vancouver to escape. They welcome her back, but their shaky reunion only seems to intensify her dreams—and make them more dangerous.What really happened that night at the lake, and what did it have to do with Sabrina’s death? Only a bad Cree would put their family at risk, but what if whatever has been calling Mackenzie home was already inside?

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Title: HYBRID Presidents Book Group
Date: Monday, September 23, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location: Coolidge Museum
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Coolidge, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

The Presidential Book Group, recently concluded its first journey, reading biographies of every American president from Washington to Trump.

If you want to embark on the journey, now is your chance! The group will start anew on January 22, beginning with “Washington: A Life” by famed biographer Ron Chernow.  In this group you will deepen your understanding of the American presidency as we trace the history of the presidency, beginning with George Washington, and watching how American democracy evolved in ways the Founders never anticipated. We'll follow how presidents, both celebrated and forgotten, grappled with slavery, economics, executive power and America's role in the world. In doing so, we'll broaden our knowledge of Coolidge and where his presidency fits in the American story. 

The group meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 PM EST, which you can attend in person in the Coolidge Museum or on Zoom. Discussions will be facilitated by Bill Scher, vice president of the museum’s Standing Committee.

 

Email Coolidge@forbeslibrary.org to join the email list or for more information.

 

Title: Mystery Book Discussion: TBD
Date: Monday, September 23, 2024
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

This month's selection is . . . 

About the book: 

 

The Mystery Book Discussion Group meets monthly for a casual discussion. New members are always welcome. Pick up a copy of this month's discussion book at the library. Email Maureen Carney, the facilitator, for updated virtual meeting info.

 

 

Title: Science Fiction and Fantasy Discussion: TBD
Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

Anyone interested in Science Fiction or Fantasy is welcome. Although we focus on this month’s selection, we will discuss any topics related to Science Fiction or Fantasy, books or movies.

This month's discussion will cover . . . 

About the book: 

 

 

 

 

Title: VIRTUAL ONLY: Romance Book Discussion
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

Get your Happily Ever After fix from the [Springfield City Library] Romance Book Club!

ONLINE via Zoom Saturdays once a month | 10:00-11:00 AM | Adults

Join us for the Romance Book Club!

We read as many romance genres as we can, sharing our thoughts and expanding our romance reading experience. As long as it has a Happily Ever After, it’s fair game.

Each month we choose the book for the following month.

For more information, this month's pick, and to register (optional), visit our friends at Springfield City Library

Future dates:
November 2
December 14

Title: Nature and Environment Book Club: Where the Water Goes
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Hilary Caws-Elwitt
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

Please contact facilitator Hilary Caws-Elwitt for updated meeting info.

The Nature and Environment Book Club is devoted to the best of nature writing and environmental reporting with discussions on the second Wednesday of each month. Readers and writers interested in books ranging from such classics as Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek to topical reportage like Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction will want to join the conversation.


This month's book is Where the Water Goes by David Owen. 

Get a copy from the library by placing a hold.

About the book:

The Colorado River is a crucial resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado's headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. He takes readers on an adventure downriver, along a labyrinth of waterways, reservoirs, power plants, farms, fracking sites, ghost towns, and RV parks, to the spot near the U.S.-Mexico border where the river runs dry. Water problems in the western United States can seem tantalizingly easy to solve: just turn off the fountains at the Bellagio, stop selling hay to China, ban golf, cut down the almond trees, and kill all the lawyers. But a closer look reveals a vast man-made ecosystem that is far more complex and more interesting than the headlines let on.

 

Title: VIRTUAL Herstory book group
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2024
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Categories: Book Discussions, Coolidge, Recurring Events
Description:

The Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library is starting a new book group in 2024 to focus of reading women's history and social history.  

As her husband John met in Philadelphia to discuss forming a new nation, Abigail Adams wrote to implore him, 'I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.' Alas, it would be another 150 years before they even got the right to vote. But women were neither silent nor passive then or now.

To elevate the voices of women in American history, a new book club is being offered by the The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum. The inspiration for the club, Herstory: Women in American History, came from some members of the museum's Presidential Book Club, who expressed a desire to read more about the context of historical figures, and to hear from and about the women involved in the building of our nation. 

Selections in the book club will include biographies of women interspersed with texts on significant periods in American history. This way, book club members can place the women they read about in context and gain a fuller understanding of their challenges and achievements.

This group meets on Zoom on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM 

This group is moderated by Coolidge Museum Committee members Leslie Skantz-Hodgson (Smith Vocational School Librarian) and Rob Weir (retired professor of history).  

To join the email list or for more information, email Coolidge@forbeslibrary.org 

 

 

Title: HYBRID Second Monday Book Discussion: TBD
Date: Monday, October 14, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

We'll be reading . . . Request a copy of this book by placing a hold

About the book: 

 

 

Literary minded discussion. Open to new members. Join us in person or join via Zoom!

 

 

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Title: HYBRID: Afternoon Book Discussion: Maame
Date: Friday, October 18, 2024
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

This month's book is Maame by Jessica George. You can request a copy of the book from the library catalog. 

About the book: 

Maame (ma-meh) has many meanings in Twi but in my case, it means woman. It’s fair to say that Maddie’s life in London is far from rewarding. With a mother who spends most of her time in Ghana (yet still somehow manages to be overbearing), Maddie is the primary caretaker for her father, who suffers from advanced stage Parkinson’s. At work, her boss is a nightmare and Maddie is tired of always being the only Black person in every meeting. So when her mum returns from her latest trip, Maddie seizes the chance to move out of the family home and finally start living. A self-acknowledged late bloomer, she’s ready to experience some important “firsts”: She finds a flat share, says yes to after-work drinks, pushes for more recognition in her career, and throws herself into the bewildering world of internet dating. But when tragedy strikes, Maddie is forced to face the true nature of her unconventional family, and the perils—and rewards—of putting her heart on the line. Smart, funny, and affecting, Jessica George's Maame deals with the themes of our time with humor and poignancy: from familial duty and racism, to female pleasure, the complexity of love, and the life-saving power of friendship. Most important, it explores what it feels like to be torn between two homes and cultures and it celebrates finally being able to find where you belong.

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Title: HYBRID: Great Books Discussion: TBD
Date: Monday, October 21, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Hilary Caws-Elwitt
Location: Community Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

Please contact facilitator Hilary Caws-Elwitt for updated meeting info.

This month's selection is . . .   

Place a hold on . . . 

About the book: 

 

The Great Books discussion is structured so that the evening’s selected reading is discussed in a think tank environment with the intention of gaining insight from other readers that one would not have by reading alone. The seminar facilitator asks questions of the participants about the reading selection and helps the discussion stay focused. Our main goal is to have fun and take many interpretations from the group in order to enjoy a greater understanding of a selected reading.

Discussions are open to everyone and free of charge.  For a list of past and future discussion books and to contact the group visit, http://mail.salticid.com/mailman/listinfo/forbes_great_books_salticid.com.

About the facilitator:

Hilary Caws-Elwitt has her BA in English & American Literature from Harvard, MLS from University of Arizona, and ran Susquehanna County Reads for its first 4 years. But mostly she loves reading and discussing the books!

Title: HYBRID Presidents Book Group
Date: Monday, October 28, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location: Coolidge Museum
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Coolidge, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

The Presidential Book Group, recently concluded its first journey, reading biographies of every American president from Washington to Trump.

If you want to embark on the journey, now is your chance! The group will start anew on January 22, beginning with “Washington: A Life” by famed biographer Ron Chernow.  In this group you will deepen your understanding of the American presidency as we trace the history of the presidency, beginning with George Washington, and watching how American democracy evolved in ways the Founders never anticipated. We'll follow how presidents, both celebrated and forgotten, grappled with slavery, economics, executive power and America's role in the world. In doing so, we'll broaden our knowledge of Coolidge and where his presidency fits in the American story. 

The group meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 PM EST, which you can attend in person in the Coolidge Museum or on Zoom. Discussions will be facilitated by Bill Scher, vice president of the museum’s Standing Committee.

 

Email Coolidge@forbeslibrary.org to join the email list or for more information.

 

Title: Mystery Book Discussion: TBD
Date: Monday, October 28, 2024
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

This month's selection is . . . 

About the book: 

 

The Mystery Book Discussion Group meets monthly for a casual discussion. New members are always welcome. Pick up a copy of this month's discussion book at the library. Email Maureen Carney, the facilitator, for updated virtual meeting info.

 

 

Title: VIRTUAL ONLY: Romance Book Discussion
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

Get your Happily Ever After fix from the [Springfield City Library] Romance Book Club!

ONLINE via Zoom Saturdays once a month | 10:00-11:00 AM | Adults

Join us for the Romance Book Club!

We read as many romance genres as we can, sharing our thoughts and expanding our romance reading experience. As long as it has a Happily Ever After, it’s fair game.

Each month we choose the book for the following month.

For more information, this month's pick, and to register (optional), visit our friends at Springfield City Library

Future dates:
December 14

Title: Science Fiction and Fantasy Discussion: TBD
Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

Anyone interested in Science Fiction or Fantasy is welcome. Although we focus on this month’s selection, we will discuss any topics related to Science Fiction or Fantasy, books or movies.

This month's discussion will cover . . . 

About the book: 

 

 

 

 

Title: HYBRID Second Monday Book Discussion: TBD
Date: Monday, November 11, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

We'll be reading . . . Request a copy of this book by placing a hold

About the book: 

 

 

Literary minded discussion. Open to new members. Join us in person or join via Zoom!

 

 

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Title: Nature and Environment Book Club: TBD
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Hilary Caws-Elwitt
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

Please contact facilitator Hilary Caws-Elwitt for updated meeting info.

 

The Nature and Environment Book Club is devoted to the best of nature writing and environmental reporting with discussions on the second Wednesday of each month. Readers and writers interested in books ranging from such classics as Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek to topical reportage like Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction will want to join the conversation.

 

This month's book is . . . 

Get a copy from the library by placing a hold.

[Insert book summary here]