We are happy to host a number of regular book groups, and keep plenty copies of the selected titles behind the circulation desk in the weeks before meetings. Pick one up! For questions or registration when required, call us at 508-476-2695.
The Intrepid Readers meet the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm to discuss a book of their choosing over homemade refreshments inspired by the title. New members are always welcome!
The next meeting is February 12 and the book is The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, “one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot” (The New York Times Book Review), a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, and the bonds between mothers and daughters.
In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations—until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen.
The stranger’s arrival marks the first entrance of the modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Slowly, Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock—conceived with a man her parents consider a poor choice—she rejects the tradition that would compel her to give the child over to be killed, and instead leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby city.
As Li-yan comes into herself, leaving her insular village for an education, a business, and city life, her daughter, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents. Despite her privileged childhood, Haley wonders about her origins. Across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. Over the course of years, each searches for meaning in the study of Pu’er, the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for centuries.
A powerful story about circumstances, culture, and distance, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond of family. -Goodreads
Greatest Book Club Ever
The Greatest Book Club Ever meets every month on the first Thursday at 6:30pm to discuss books that have been adapted into movies over powerful pots of coffee.
The next meeting is February 7 and the book is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb…
As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. -Goodreads
The Book Bunch
The Book Bunch is for kids in grades 3-5 and meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 6pm. Participants enjoy cookies & milk, a brief discussion, and an activity related to the book. Please call the library to register so we can have adequate snacks and materials on hand.
The next meeting is January 24 and the book is Greenglass House by Kate Milford.
At Greenglass House, a smuggler’s inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, on an adventure.
The Young Readers Club
Kids in grades 6-8 are invited to join this group which meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6pm. Refreshments are provided, so please call the library to register so we know how many snacks will be adequate. Participants get to choose the next month’s book.
The next meeting is February 14 and the book is Refugee by Alan Gratz.
Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.
Senior Center Book Club
This group meets at the Senior Center roughly every other month after having read the selected book to view the film adapted from the title and discuss both the book and film over lunch. Copies of the book can be picked up at the Library or Senior Center.
The next meeting is January 9 at 10am and the selected book is Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.
What more can a mystery addict desire than a much-loathed murder victim found aboard the luxurious Orient Express with multiple stab wounds, thirteen likely suspects, an incomparably brilliant detective in Hercule Poirot, and the most ingenious crime ever conceived? -Goodreads
Good books to not invite unanimity. They invite discord, mayhem, knife fights, blood feuds.”