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Afternoons or evenings…the choice is yours!
Afternoon Book Discussion
The Afternoon Book Discussion Group will meet at the Chesley Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 1, at 2:00 p.m. to discuss “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo.
From Amazon "In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi’s “most-everything girl,” might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting, carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds—and into the hearts of families impossible to forget.
Winner of the National Book Award | The PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award | The Los Angeles Times Book Prize | The American Academy of Arts and Letters Award | The New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF
THE YEAR BY -
The New York Times • The Washington Post • O: The Oprah Magazine • USA Today • New York • The Miami Herald • San Francisco Chronicle • Newsday
Evening Book Discussion
The Northwood/Nottingham Evening Book Discussion Group will meet here in Northwood on Wednesday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss “One Summer: America, 1927” by Bill Bryson.
From Amazon: “The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. In Newark, New Jersey, Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole for twelve days, and in Chicago, the gangster Al Capone was tightening his grip on bootlegging. The first true “talking picture,” Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer, was filmed, forever changing the motion picture industry. All this and much, much more transpired in the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things—and when the
twentieth century truly became the American century. One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.”
The Northwood/Nottingham Evening Book Discussion Group will meet here in Nottingham on Wednesday, April 29, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss “The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott.
From Random House: Eager to escape life on her family’s farm, Alice Barrow moves to Lowell in 1832 and throws herself into the hard work demanded of “the mill girls.” The hours are long and the conditions are bad, but Alice soon finds a true friend in Lovey Cornell, a saucy, strong-willed girl who is outspoken about the dangers they face in the factories . . . and about Alice opening her heart to a blossoming relationship with Samuel Fiske, the handsome and sympathetic son of the mill’s owner.
But when Lovey is found dead under suspicious circumstances, a sensational trial brings the workers’ unrest to a boiling point, leaving Alice is torn between finding justice for her friend and her growing passion for the man with whom she had no business falling in love.
Teen Book Club
Teen Book Club will meet on Thursday, April 9, from 5:30-6:45 to discuss "Divergent by Veronica Roth."
From Goodreads: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Library Trustee Meeting
The Chesley Memorial Library Board of Trustees will meet Friday, April 17, 10:15 am
Come to our Drop-in Craft
Kids Crafts will continue to be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays throughout the spring from 4 - 6 p.m.
Lego Clubs Change!
Get vocal about verse.
If you write poetry or simply enjoy poetry you are invited to come and read your works, listen to the writings of other local poets and enjoy light refreshments.
April 14th from 6 - 7pm
Writer's Night Out
April 15th at 6:30 - 8 pm
To be held at Nottingham's Blaisdell Library.
In partnership with the Chesley Memorial Library in Northwood,
Nottingham’s Blaisdell Memorial Library is excited to host the first of two biannual Writers’ Nights in 2015 at the Blaisdell Memorial Library on
Wednesday, April 15th from 6:30 – 8:00pm.
Join acclaimed local authors James Patrick Kelly (Nottingham) and
Rebecca Rule (Northwood) in this informal gathering to gain additional
writing inspiration! Discuss what you are working on, what you are reading, where you are submitting your work, anything that captures you...
For folks interested in learning more, feel free to contact either the
Blaisdell or Chesley Memorial Libraries at:
firstname.lastname@example.org / tel: 679-8484
email@example.com / tel: 942-5472
Book Signing by Patrice Kilham