Book Clubs

BOOKS ON THE BAYOU

Their Eyes Were Watching GodThis year’s selection for the Books on the Bayou is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. The Books on the Bayou is a community-wide effort designed to encourage reading of the same book at the same time and is meant to inspire reading and thoughtful discussion among Houstonians.

NEW PARANORMAL BOOK CLUB

AUTHOR J R WARDWild about werewolves? Vehement about vampires? Fascinated by fairies?   Just in time for Halloween, Tomball Library is pleased to announce a book club for people passionate about paranormal fiction. The Paranormal Book Club will meet on the second Monday of each month at 7:00pm. The first meeting will take place October 12, and we will be reading Dark

BARBARA BUSH BRANCH -- AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyTitle to be discussed: Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Date of meeting: Thursday, Sept. 24, 1:30pm, in the Earl Elliott Room.

BARBARA BUSH BRANCH -- BOOKS ON THE BAYOU DISCUSSION

Their Eyes Were Watching GodTitle to be Discussed: Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. Date: Saturday, October 31, 1:00pm, Earl Elliott Room. Summary: "Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930's, journeys from being a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance."

Barbara Bush Branch Evening Book Club

                 Date of Next Meeting: Tuesday October 13, 7:00pm, Women's Council of Realtors Conference Room (WCR). Title to be discussed Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth. Summary: "In this thriller set in the Middle East of 1914, Somerville, a British archaeologist, and his team are excavating a long-buried Assyrian palace when an American geologist from an oil company posing as an archaeologist arrives one day and insinuates himself into Somerville's group." Next Selection: "Movie Night" viewing of a movie based on a book by Kim Edwards. The group will meet in the Earl Elliott Room in November.

"THIS I BELIEVE:" BOOKS ARE A PRIORITY

KUHF-Houston Public Radio (88.7 FM) sponsors a daily five-minute series entitled "This I Believe," a national project designed to engage people to write and record the core values and beliefs that guide their daily lives. The hallmark of this program is sharing the guiding principles of average citizens...our neighbors, our coworkers and the people with whom we worship. On Friday, August 28, 2009, the entry was submitted by a local Woodlands resident.  Carolyn Boyd is an educator, currently teaching at the John Cooper School. Among her many joys is reading. Carolyn says it's been a life-long pursuit and as she explains in her essay for KUHF's "This I Believe", books will be a priority for her, for the rest of her life.

USE THE NOVELIST DATABASE FOR BOOK DISCUSSION GUIDES

Harris County Public Library subscribes to a database entitled Novelist Plus that contains a wealth of resources for those of us who love to read.

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One great section for book clubs is "Book Discussion Guides." To access this:

Book Clubs Bring People Together

Book clubs are a great way to bring people together. Readers of all backgrounds can share their opinions in a neutral arena, and the book selected provides common ground for discussion. A dramatic example was cited recently by the CBS Evening News. A book club in Boston was formed by a lawyer and a homeless man who happened to meet in a park. Their conversation over a period of months drifted to books, and eventually expanded to include others in the park. Today this group, called the Homeless Book Club, meets weekly at lunchtime. Read the story and watch a video about it at "A Tale with a Storybook Ending."

What If There is No Discussion Guide for Your Book Club?

It is always helpful to have some starter discussion questions ready for your book club. Often you can find these at the back of your book, on a publisher's website, or on one of the reading group sites. But what do you do if none are available? The Reading Group Guides website offers some general questions that can be adapted to a wide variety of books, from biographies to mysteries to historical fiction.

Be Keen with Emma-Jean!

Do you like stories about girls who have an interesting way of seeing the world and like to help their friends? Are you 10-14 years old? If so be sure to sign up for the ‘Be Keen with Emma-Jean’ Tween Book Club at the Maud Marks Branch! We're reading Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis. There are three different sessions at 2pm on July 27, August 3, & August 10; you can sign up for one or all of them online or at the information desk. Don't worry if you haven't read it yet; the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council are sponsoring the club and providing books!

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