The Big Library Read is a “global eBook club,” connecting readers around the world who read the same eBook at the same time. This March the selection is: American Sniper by Chris Kyle.  The program runs from mid-day March 17 through mid-day March 31, and during this time Over Drive offers unlimited checkouts on the title. With no waiting list, you can  check the book out today!

 

Harper Lee died in 2016 at the age of 89. Her first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, debuted in 1961 with immediate critical success and went on to become an American classic. A movie version starring Gregory Peck opened at the theaters in 1962. Lee did not publish another book until the July 2015 release of Go Set a Watchman. Michael Morrison, her publisher at HarperCollins US, said: “The world knows Harper Lee was a brilliant writer but what many don’t know is that she was an extraordinary woman of great joyfulness, humility and kindness. She lived her life the way she wanted to – in private – surrounded by books and the people who loved her.” 

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The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined". Join us on Thursday, March 10 at noon.

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM on:

  • Saturday, March 12
  • Saturday, March 26

Learn to create a spreadsheet with Microsoft Excel 2013.

 

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Join us Friday, March 11 from 10 to 11:30 AM.

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"The life and times of the wealthiest man who ever lived--Jacob Fugger--the Renaissance banker who revolutionized the art of making money and established the radical idea of pursuing wealth for its own sake. Jacob Fugger lived in Germany at the turn of the sixteenth century, the grandson of a peasant. By the time he died, his fortune amounted to nearly two percent of European GDP. Not even John D. Rockefeller had that kind of wealth. Most people become rich by spotting opportunities, pioneering new technologies, or besting opponents in negotiations. Fugger did all that, but he had an extra quality that allowed him to rise even higher: nerve. In an era when kings had unlimited power, Fugger had the nerve to stare down heads of state and ask them to pay back their loans--with interest. It was this coolness and self-assurance, along with his inexhaustible ambition, that made him not only the richest man ever, but a force of history as well. Join us Saturday, March 19 at 10 AM.

The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
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Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day it flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Their life seems perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined. Please join us at noon on February 11.

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM on:

  • Saturday, February 13
  • Saturday, February 27
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On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic "Greyhounds"--the fastest liner then in service--and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game. Join us on Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 AM.

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An abandoned shop. A small flat. This is what awaits Polly Waterford when she arrives at the Cornish coast, fleeing a ruined relationship. To keep her mind off her troubles, Polly throws herself into her favorite hobby: making bread. But her relaxing weekend diversion quickly develops into a passion. As she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, each loaf becomes better than the last. Soon, Polly is working her magic with nuts and seeds, chocolate and sugar, and the local honey--courtesy of a handsome beekeeper.

The chocolate thief by Laura Florand

The Parisian sorcerer of artisan chocolate, handsome Frenchman Sylvain Marquis, and the American empress of chocolate bars, Cade Corey, play a decadent game of seduction and subterfuge that causes them both to melt with desire.

Sweet nothings by Trisha Ashley

Lizzie is cooking up a defensive storm of comfort food now that her charming but quick-tempered husband, Tom, is turning increasingly unpredictable. When their son goes off to university, she must decide--can she end her marriage and leave her beloved cottage forever?

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