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Join our Second Saturday Bookclub on November 8 for a discussion of A House in the Sky : A Memoir by Amanda Lindhout.  New members always welcome!  Meetings take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

“The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace.

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, Alberta, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.

Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being tortured.

Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

Limited copies available at the Reference Desk.  For more information about bookclubs and bookclub kits at FTPL please visit: bookclubs.

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It’s National Reading Group Month!  Come in and join ours on Saturday, October 11 for a discussion of Defending Jacob by William Landay.  New members always welcome!  Meetings take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades.  His quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: the accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.  Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family.

It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? 

Limited copies available at the Reference Desk.  For more information about bookclubs and bookclub kits at FTPL please visit: bookclubs.

Bookclub is just one of our many great programs, don’t forget to check out our calendars for everything happening at your library!

Stay connected: Facebook, Twitterblog.

Join us on Saturday, October 11 for a discussion of Defending Jacob by William Landay.  New members always welcome!  Meetings take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Andy Barber defending jacobhas been an assistant district attorney for two decades.  His quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: the accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.  Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family.

It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? 

Limited copies available at the Reference Desk.  For more information about bookclubs and bookclub kits at FTPL please visit: bookclubs.

 

 

The Second Saturday Book Club is back and meeting at a new time!  Join us on Saturday, September 13th for a discussion of Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.  New members always welcome!

1987. ThereRifkaBrunt_Tell-the-Wolves’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

Meetings take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room.  Limited copies available at the Reference Desk.

 

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Are you entering 1st-4th grade and can read independently? It’s time to apply to be a Summer Reading Buddy!  The program is very nearly full, so get your application in fast.

This 6-week program takes place Monday evenings, at the Main Library – Children’s Department (July 7th – August 11th).  Reading Buddies is a social program that promotes literacy through paired reading.  Teens earn volunteer credit by helping young readers develop confidence in their reading and comprehension skills.  Paired one hour reading sessions allow teens the opportunity to become mentors, and young readers the chance to make new friends while reading.

Please visit the Reading Buddies page for more information.

Applications are available now (please find on the Reading Buddies webpage above).  Space is limited, and the deadline for all applications is Thursday, June 12, 2014!  Teens are accepted on a first come, first serve basis so get your application in early!

Find out more about our teen programs and events at our Teen Page!

 

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