Wednesday, August 25, 2010

September 2010

The book for our September discussion is The Big Burn by Timothy Egan. It is essentially two stories interwoven, the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot which lead to the creation of the Forest Service, and the nation's largest wildfire in the summer of 1910. He describes the politics and passion behind the nation's conservation movement and ascribes much credit to the huge wildfire for fanning the flame, so to speak.

Our discussion will take place on September 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the First Amendment Room at the Eldridge branch library. Copies are available now at the library.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

August 2010 Discussion

Marcelo in the Real World will be the topic of discussion at our August 23rd meeting. Though it is typically found in the Young Adult section of libraries, this novel will appeal to adults of all ages. It is the story of a 17 yr old boy, Marcelo, who has Asperger's Syndrome. He has always gone to a school for kids with special needs and is looking forward to working there over the summer. Suddenly, his father tells him that he needs to experience the "real world" and work in his law office over the summer. If Marcelo is able to follow the rules, he can go back to his special school. Otherwise, he will go to public high school for his Senior year.

Discussion will take place in the First Amendment Room of the Eldridge branch at 6:30 p.m., August 23rd.