Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fall 2015

September's pick is The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  It's about a cranky young man who finds his life upended when someone leaves a baby girl at his book store. 

October's pick is The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel.  It's a true account of the space race from the wives' perspectives.  (Lots of drama behind the scenes!) 

November will be a special discussion because the author will be joining us.  The book is Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up by Christine Keleny.  It was a Midwest Book Award Finalist and tells about 3 of the authors behind the famous Nancy Drew series of books. 

Book discussions take place on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the First Amendment Room at the Eldridge branch library. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

JUNE 2015

In lieu of our usual book discussion, we are hosting Zeus himself on June 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the First Amendment Room.  To prepare, we suggest reading Percy Jackson book 1, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015


February is a non-fiction month, so we have chosen to read In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.  The book follows the lives of William Dodd and his family as they travel to Germany in 1933 for his position as ambassador.  They were, at first, welcomed by the German people and dazzled by the pageantry of the third reich.  Then they began to see the beginnings of what would become Germany's darkest period. 

Join us in Eldridge for discussion on Monday February 22nd at 6:30 p.m.  Books are now available for checkout.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January 2015

For January, we are starting the New Year with our first fiction pick, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.

Set in a small English village, Harold is a predictable fellow whose life is the same, day in, day out.  One day he receives a letter from Queenie, a friend who did something "nice" for him 20 years prior.  The letter is sent from her hospice where she will likely die.  Harold writes her back, but then has a change of heart and decides to walk the letter to her...600 miles across England.

Our discussion will take place on Monday January 26th at 6:30 p.m. in Eldridge.  Books are now available.

Friday, December 5, 2014

December 2014

December's book is Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen
Loewen got the idea for the book after reviewing about a dozen American history textbooks and finding glaring omissions and even blatant lies about our history.

Check out this video with the author:

Join us for our discussion on Monday December 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the First Amendment Room, Eldridge library.  Books available now!

Monday, October 20, 2014

November 2014

Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell is our November selection for the Scott County Reads book discussion.  This quirky thriller was a bestseller for debut author Bazell in 2009. 

 Dr. Peter Brown is an intern at Manhattan's worst hospital, with a talent for medicine, a shift from hell, and a past he'd prefer to keep hidden. Whether it's a blocked circumflex artery or a plan to land a massive malpractice suit, he knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men.

Pietro "Bearclaw" Brnwna is a hitman for the mob, with a genius for violence, a well-earned fear of sharks, and an overly close relationship with the Federal Witness Relocation Program. More likely to leave a trail of dead gangsters than a molecule of evidence, he's the last person you want to see in your hospital room.

Nicholas LoBrutto, aka Eddy Squillante, is Dr. Brown's new patient, with three months to live and a very strange idea: that Peter Brown and Pietro Brnwa might-just might-be the same person ...

Now, with the mob, the government, and death itself descending on the hospital, Peter has to buy time and do whatever it takes to keep his patients, himself, and his last shot at redemption alive. To get through the next eight hours-and somehow beat the reaper. 

November discussion will be on Monday the 24th at 6:30 p.m.  Books will be available for pick up in Eldridge in late October.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

October 2014

The October selection is Playing with the Enemy by Gary W. Moore.  It's a true story about Gary's father, Gene.  Gary was unaware of his father's talent in baseball until just before his death.  After extensive research, he found his father's story to be compelling enough to write this book. From the author's website...

Headed for baseball stardom with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Gene’s destiny was interrupted by Pearl Harbor. After playing ball for the Navy in the Azores and North Africa, Gene and his team were sent to the States for a special—and top secret—mission: guarding German sailors captured from U-505. Unable to field a team, Gene convinced his commander to allow him to teach the enemy how to play baseball while he and his teammates waited for the war to end so they could be called up into the Major Leagues. But Gene’s future changed irrevocably in Louisiana. His life . . . and maybe our national pastime . . . was forever altered.

The October discussion will take place at the Eldridge branch library on the 27th at 6:30 p.m.  Books are available now for pick up in Eldridge.