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Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Mildred PierceTitle to be discussed: Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain. Time of meeting: Monday, June 13, 2011, at 6:30 PM. Summary: "Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter." Out of these elements, James M.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Hard Times by Charles DickensTitle to be discussed:  We continue our discussion of Hard Times by Charles Dickens.  Date of meeting:  Monday, May 16, 2011.  Summary: 

American Dream and Ice Cream

The American Dream @ Your LibraryOur ESL students and tutors have been working so hard, we are throwing a party for them, and everyone is invited! On Tuesday, March 29, at 5:30 PM, the Baldwin Boettcher Branch staff will have a wonderful variety of luscious ice cream flavors and scrumptious toppings all ready for you to prepare an ice cream sundae to die for. This program for all ages will honor the students in our American Dream ESL Program, which is funded through a generous grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the American Library Association.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Hard Times by Charles DickensTitle to be discussed: First half of Hard Times by Charles Dickens.  Date of meeting: Monday, April 18, at 6:30 PM.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

The Mammy by Brendan O'CarrollTitle to be discussed: The Mammy by Brendan O'Carroll. Time of meeting: Monday, March 21, at 6:30 PM. Summary: A popular Irish comedian chronicles with raw humor and great affection the comic misadventures of a large and lively North Dublin family in the 1960s.  Here is the heartwarming and hilarious story of an Irish widow who raises her seven children alone, refusing to be overwhelmed by any obstacle in her path.

American Dream for English Language Learners

 The American Dream Starts @ Your Library

Do you know someone who wants to learn English?  We can help.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

New England WhiteTitle to be discussed: New England White by Stephen L. Carter. Date of meeting: Monday, February 21, 2011, at 6:30 PM. Summary: Lemaster Carlyle, the president of the country's most prestigious university, and his wife, Julie, the divinity school's deputy dean, are America's most prominent and powerful African American couple. Driving home through a swirling blizzard late one night, the couple skids off the road.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Signet Classic Book of American Short Stories

We will meet Monday, January 24, at 6:30 PM, to discuss six stories in the collection, The Signet Classic Book of American Short Stories

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo TolstoyTitle to be discussed:  Three novellas in The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy.  Besides the title story, we will read "The Diary of a Madman" and "The Devil."  Date of meeting:  Monday, December 20, at 6:30 PM.  Summary:  This vibrant translation

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Jane Eyre / Charlotte BronteTitle to be discussed:  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.  Time of meeting:  Monday, November 22, at 6:30 PM.  Summary:  In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret.

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