Reading Groups

Adult Book Groups

THURSDAY NIGHT GROUP:
Thursday, August 29th at 7:00pm
Empty Seats by Wanda Adams Fischer

This month’s book will not be available for pick-up at the library, but feel free to join the group for many interesting discussions!

What Little Leaguer doesn’t dream of taking to the mound and striking out one of his heroes? This novel follows three such dreamers who were drafted to play minor league ball, thinking that it would be an easy ride to playing in the big time. Little did they know that they’d be vying for a spot with every other talented kid who aspired to play professional ball. Young, inexperienced, immature, and without the support of their families and friends, they’re often faced with split-second decisions -not always on the baseball diamond. 

A look ahead to our September book title: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

 

THURSDAY MORNING GROUP:
Thursday, August 29th at 11am
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

We have made space for a new reading club on the fourth Thursday of the month at 11am. Come in and pick up the title today!

“We were going out stealing horses. That was what he said, standing at the door to the cabin where I was spending the summer with my father. I was fifteen. It was 1948 and oneof the first days of July.” Trond’s friend Jon often appeared at his doorstep with an adventure in mind for the two of them. But this morning was different. What began as a joy ride on “borrowed” horses ends with Jon falling into a strange trance of grief. Trond soon learns what befell Jon earlier that day―an incident that marks the beginning of a series of vital losses for both boys. Set in the easternmost region of Norway, Out Stealing Horses begins with an ending. Sixty-seven-year-old Trond has settled into a rustic cabin in an isolated area to live the rest of his life with a quiet deliberation. A meeting with his only neighbor, however, forces him to reflect on that fateful summer.

 

The author of The Orchid & the Wasp emailed us!

Dearest Librarian,
A Google Alert just informed me that Smyth Public Library is having a book club event this evening about my novel, Orchid & the Wasp. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. I’m pretty sure you’ll be the first book club discussion of the novel, besides perhaps my mum’s friends!
If there was a specific librarian behind this choice, please tell them I say thank you! In case it’s useful for readers after, I put together a few of the links to essays and interviews I did about the book here: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/17506525-essays-interviews-for-orchid-the-wasp
Anyway, I just wanted to wave across the continents to say: thank you & my heart-cockles are warmed!
Very best,
Caoilinn Hughes

 

THURSDAY NIGHT GROUP:
Thursday, August 29th at 7:00 pm
Empty Seats by Wanda Adams Fischer

What Little Leaguer doesn’t dream of taking to the mound and striking out one of his heroes? This novel follows three such dreamers who were were drafted to play minor league ball, thinking it would be an easy ride to playing in the big time. Little did they know that they’d be vying for a spot with every other talented kid who aspired to play professional baseball. Young, inexperienced, immature, and without the support of their families and friends, they’re often faced with split-second decisions. Not always on the baseball diamond

“An appealingly honest portrayal of baseball players…Fischer adeptly–and often lyrically–captures the mindset of her characters.” Kirkus Reviewer

 

 

Children’s Book Groups

There are many book clubs for different age groups. Please pick up the current book club book at the front desk if interested.

The Children’s Book Club and Teen Book Club have gone on summer break… check back in once the school year starts to see what new books we will be reading!!