STEAM Book Club
Kids ages 8 through 12 are invited to a special STEAM (Science, Technology, Math, Art, and Science)-themed book club!
YA Book Club
4 Seasons Book Club: TCPL's fiction book club
Our winter 2019 selection, which we will discuss on Tuesday, February 19th, at 12 PM and Thursday, February 21st, at 6:30 PM is Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.
Future meetings will be held on Thursday, April 18, Thursday, June 27, and Thursday, September 26 (future titles to be announced).
Join us in 2019 as the 4 Seasons Book Club travels around the world! We meet quarterly and welcome adults to discuss pre-selected works of modern fiction and celebrated classics.
This year we continue to explore literature that enhances our understanding of other countries, peoples and cultures. Titles are decided by group vote approximately 6-8 weeks before each book club meeting. Check this page or login to Goodreads for updates.
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.
• TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR: New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Slate
• ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Boston Globe, NPR, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Economist, Bustle
• WINNER OF THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE
• FINALIST FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE, THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE, THE ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST PRIZE
"Enthralling" --Boston Globe "Extraordinary" --Seattle Times "A rip-roaring tale" --Washington Post
A dazzling adventure story about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world.
George Washington Black, or "Wash," an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning--and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. What brings Christopher and Wash together will tear them apart, propelling Wash even further across the globe in search of his true self. From the blistering cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, from the earliest aquariums of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black tells a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again, and asks the question, What is true freedom?
For more information, contact Joyce at email@example.com. You can also register for the next 4 Seasons meeting on the Library's upcoming events calendar.
Truth Be Told Non-Fiction Book Club
Tuesdays in 2019: March 5, May 7, August 6, November 5
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Truth Be Told Non-Fiction Book Club meets quarterly to discuss a selected non-fiction title. Our meetings are held on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm in the Tompkins Trust Company Study Room.
The March 5 selection is The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer.
We form our beliefs for a variety of subjective, personal, emotional, and psychological reasons in the context of environments created by family, friends, colleagues, culture, and society at large; after forming our beliefs we then defend, justify, and rationalize them with a host of intellectual reasons, cogent arguments, and rational explanations. Beliefs come first, explanations for beliefs follow.
Dr. Shermer provides the neuroscience behind our beliefs.
Please register with us in advance to obtain a copy of the selected title (there are a limited number available). For more information, or to register, contact Tom Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register for an upcoming Truth Be Told meeting by exploring our events calendar.
Next Chapter Book Club
A fun, weekly, community-building book club for adults with developmental disabilities. Books are read aloud together, so all reading levels are welcome. Contact Teresa at email@example.com for more information.