Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sept 2014

Our September fiction selection is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  Here's the book summary:

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...
As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.
Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.

Discussion will take place on Monday September 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Eldridge branch library.  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July 2014

Our July pick is Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland.  This historical novel follows the life of Clara Driscoll, an artist who worked for the Tiffany Glass company in 1893.  At the time, she was not given credit for much of her work and struggled personally with relationships, knowing that Mr. Tiffany did not employ married women.  This novel is an interesting look at life during that time, the struggles for women, and differences in class. 

Book discussion will take place on Monday, July 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the First Amendment Room in Eldridge.  Books are available now. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March 2014

Our March Discussion will take place on week late, on March 31st at 6:30 p.m.

Our selection for this month is Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin.  Part love story, part literary mystery, Melanie Benjamin’s spellbinding historical novel leads readers on an unforgettable journey down the rabbit hole, to tell the story of a woman whose own life became the stuff of legend. Her name is Alice Liddell Hargreaves, but to the world she’ll always be known simply as “Alice,” the girl who followed the White Rabbit into a wonderland of Mad Hatters, Queens of Hearts, and Cheshire Cats. Now, nearing her eighty-first birthday, she looks back on a life of intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. First as a young woman, then as a wife, mother, and widow, she’ll experience adventures the likes of which not even her fictional counterpart could have imagined. Yet from glittering balls and royal romances to a world plunged into war, she’ll always be the same determined, undaunted Alice who, at ten years old, urged a shy, stuttering Oxford professor to write down one of his fanciful stories, thus changing her life forever.

Books are available now at the Eldridge Branch Library.  Discussion will take place in Eldridge in the First Amendment Room.  Newcomers are welcome.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

January 2014

To kick off the new year, we have chosen to read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

The book follows 16 yr old Jacob as he explores his grandfather's past and the mysterious photographs from a children's home that was destroyed in World War II.  He journeys to a small island off the coast of Wales and begins to uncover haunting secrets.

Discussion will be on January 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Eldridge branch library.  Books are available now.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 2013

On December 30th, we will be discussing the book Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert Edsel and Bret Witter.
This non-fiction book explores the little known MFAA division of the military that worked to protect and recover works of art and other important cultural artifacts during WWII.  The story has been made into a movie that will be out in theaters in February.  Check out the trailer here.

Our discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Books are available at the Eldridge branch library.  

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October 2013

Our October discussion will actually take place on Monday, November 4th at 6:30 p.m.  We will be welcoming a special guest, Theodore Roosevelt!  "TR" will talk about his life and Presidency.  We will also be discussing the book, Island of Vice by Richard Zacks.

The Theodore Roosevelt impersonator session will be open to the public, and is free.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

August 2013

On August 26th, Scott County Reads will be discussing The Man Who Invented the 20th Century: Nikola Tesla, Forgotten Genius of Electricity by Robert Lomas.  This biography compares the lives of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.  How did one become a household name, while the other seems to have been forgotten though he contributed so much more?

Discussion will take place at the Eldridge branch at 6:30 p.m.