New book clubs for adults and tweens

PREVIEW Columnist, and the Library Staff

Next Tuesday, November 12 marks the debut of a new book club for adults from 2-3 p.m.  The group will meet once a month to discuss fiction and nonfiction.  We hope you’ll come to meet other book-lovers, decide books for the January-June discussions and pick up the book we’ll discuss in December.  Light snacks will be provided.

Meanwhile, the tweens book club meets tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 8) from 2–3:15 p.m. to discuss “Half-Moon Investigations,” a mystery by Irish author Eoin Colfer featuring a 12-year-old detective.  You’ll also get your new book to read.  If you’re in the fourth-sixth grades, like to read and enjoy sharing what you read with friends, this is the club for you.

Lifelong Learning tonight

Tonight (Thursday, Nov. 7) marks the latest in the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning lecture series, when Susan McAdams takes you on a photo African safari showcasing the birds and animals of the Dark Continent.  All Lifelong Learning lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues.  More formal sessions require registration – for  Excel Basics tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 8) from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and Facebook Basics for Individuals on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 12:30– 2:30 p.m.

Free LEGOs Saturday

The LEGO Club for kids age 6-13 meets this Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10:30–11:45 a.m.  Bring your creativity, the LEGOs are provided.

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games.  Snacks provided.

Free Spanish class

The last of the free six-week classes on beginning Spanish taught by Roberta Strickland takes place next Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4:30–5:30 p.m. You do not have to attend all session to participate.

Wise Traditions

This month’s free Wise Traditions session is Saturday, Nov. 9, from 3–4:30 p.m.   Join us for lively discussions and lectures on dietary needs, agriculture, medical traditions and more on the second Saturday of each month.

Books about college

We have the new Peterson’s 2014 “Four Year Colleges” and “Two-Year Colleges” books to help students, parents and high school guidance counselors find the right college in the U.S. and abroad.  We also have the 2014 College Board “Scholarship Handbook” and “The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2014” by Gen and Kelly Tanabe to help you apply for scholarships, grants and prizes.

Large print westerns

“Nemesis” by Bill Pronzini is a mystery in the Nameless Detective series.  “Black Thunder” contains three westerns by Max Brand.  “Panhandle” by Brett Cogburn is a western that won the 2013 Spur Award for Best First Novel. “Ralph Compton: Tucker’s Reckoning” by Matthew P. Mayo won the 2013 Spur Award for Best Western Short Novel.  “Beneath the Blue Mountain” by Richard S. Wheeler is set in the Arizona Territory in the 1870s.  “Trail of Blood” by J.A. Johnstone is the latest in The Loner western series.

Other large print

“The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert is the love story of a scientist and an artist.  “Covet” by Tracey Garvis Graves tells of the relationship of a lonely wife and a policeman.  “Foal Play” by Katheryn O’Sullivan is a mystery set in North Carolina’s Outer Parks.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Blowback” by former CIA officer Valerie Plame and thriller writer Sarah Lovett is a new espionage thriller.  “The October List” by Jeffrey Deaver is a race-against-time mystery told in reverse. “Gone” by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is the latest in the thriller series featuring Det. Michael Bennett.

Other new fiction

“The President’s Hat” by Antoine Laurain follows a man who keeps a hat left behind by French President Francois Mitterrand.  “Traveling Sprinkler” by Nicholson Baker follows a poet who is turning 55.  “The Return” by Michael Gruber is a crime novel set in Mexico.  “Day One” by Nate Kenyon tells of New York City under attack from a deadly and brilliant enemy.


“Deception Cove” is a mystery by Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle.  “Someone” by Alice McDermott is the story of the life of a woman born in pre-Depression Brooklyn.  “Storm Front” by John Sandford is the latest in the Virgil Flowers thriller series.  “The Wolves of Midwinter” by Anne Rice is the second book in her Wolf Gift fantasy series.  “Gone” by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is the latest in the thriller series featuring Det. Michael Bennett.

“Deadline” by Sandra Brown is a mystery featuring a journalist suffering from PTSD.  “Strange Bird” by Swedish crime writer Anna Jansson is the latest in the Maria Wern series.  “Thankless in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the mystery series featuring Lt. Eve Dallas. “Bertie Plays the Blues” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the 44 Scotland Street series.  “Silencing Eve” is the latest crime mystery by Iris Johansen.  “The Final Cut” by Catherine Coulter is the first book in a new thriller series.


“Knocking on Heaven’s Door” by Katy Butler is the memoir of a daughter who helps her mother care for her father after a stroke.

“Grain Brain” by neurologist David Perlmutter outlines the author’s belief that carbs  — even so-called healthy carbs — are damaging your brain.  “Breach of Trust” by Andrew J. Bacevich reveals how Americans are failing their soldiers fighting at war.  “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Bill Darling, Bamma Laizure, Cecilia Haviland, Cathy Van Liere and several anonymous donors.


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This story was posted on November 7, 2013.