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Poetry Coffeehouse

National Poetry Month April 2013Did you know?  April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate we are turning the library meeting room into a coffeehouse for an evening.  Come read and/or listen to favorite poems, old and new, next Monday, April 15, 6:00 pm, and enjoy pastries and a cup of coffee or a cool glass of lemonade.  If you write poetry, please bring something of your own to share!  This program is for all ages.

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

The Bonesetter's DaughterJoin us for a discussion of The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan, on Monday, May 13, 6:30 pm.  Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, The Bonesetter's Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit -- the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes.  The story conjures the pain of broken dreams, the power of myths, and the strength of love that enable us to recover in memory what we have lost in grief.

From Russia with Love: Food and Faberge

Faberge EggsPlease join us on Monday, March 18, 6 pm, as we celebrate the cultural contributions of the Russian people.  First we’ll sample some traditional and new Russian recipes, and then we’ll make a Faberge egg greeting card.  You need bring only your appetite and your creativity.  This program is for all ages.   Need inspiration?

These books illustrate the beauty of the Faberge eggs:

Quick! I Need a Mystery!

Political SuicideLooking for a new audio mystery that’s not on a long waiting list?  Here are some suggestions to satisfy your healthy addiction to sleuthing and suspense:

The Jewels of Paradise by Donna Leon

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

Collateral Damage by Stuart Woods

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

The Martian ChroniclesPlease join us on Monday, April 8, 6:30 pm, for a discussion of the science fiction classic, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.  Copies of the book are available at the branch.

Summary:  Mars is a place of hope, dreams and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization.  It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow.  The Earthman conquers Mars ... and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.

The Comfort of Food

Here are some good choices for those times when you just want a sweet diversion from life’s problems, or an inspiring story to make you want to keep on trying:

Thank You, Jamaica

Jerk from JamaicaIs sugar usually on your shopping list?  Does a trip to the grocery store involve a trip down the spice aisle?  Is vanilla extract a necessity in your kitchen?  Can’t face the world without your morning coffee?  These things we love so dearly are all products of Jamaica. Come celebrate this beautiful island country with us next Monday, February 18, at 6 pm, as we present some of the delicious culinary contributions of the Jamaican people, both sweet and savory. 

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

Fathers and SonsJoin us Monday, March 4, 6:30 pm, for a discussion of the Russian classic, Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev.  

Summary:  Bazarov--a gifted, impatient, and caustic young man--has journeyed from school to the home of his friend Arkady Kirsanov.  But soon Bazarov's outspoken rejection of authority and social conventions touches off quarrels, misunderstandings, and romantic entanglements that will utterly transform the Kirsanov household and reflect the changes taking place all across nineteenth-century Russia.

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

Annie JohnJoin us for a discussion of author Jamaica Kincaid and her novel, Annie John, on Monday, February 4, 2013, 6:30 pm.  Summary:  Annie John is a haunting and provocative story of a young girl growing up on the island of Antigua.  An adored only child, Annie has until recently lived an idyllic life.  She is inseparable from her beautiful mother, a powerful presence, who is the very center of the little girl's existence.  Loved and cherished, Annie grows and thrives within her mother's benign shadow. Looking back on her childhood, she reflects, "It was in such a paradise that I lived." 

Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

Signet Classic Book of Southern Short StoriesTitle to be discussed: Selections from The Signet Classic Book of Southern Short Stories.  Time of meeting:  Monday, January 7, 6:30 pm.  About the book:  This collection includes thirty-three stories of the American South from such literary luminaries as Edgar Allan Poe, Alice Walker, Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Truman Capote,

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