What’s more fun than reading a book? Talking about it!
Forever Young Adult Book Club
If you enjoy Young Adult (YA) books, but you’re a little less Y and a bit more A, this is the group for you! Please visit our calendar for current meeting information. Titles are available for checkout at the Adult Services desk.
Thursdays ● 7-8:30 PM ● Callie’s ● R-Requested
- 7/9 – Looking For Alaska by John Green. Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
- 8/13 – Red Rising by Pierce Brown. A tale set in a bleak future society torn by class divisions follows the experiences of secret revolutionary Darrow, who after witnessing his wife’s execution by an oppressive government joins a revolutionary cell and attempts to infiltrate an elite military academy.
- 9/10 – Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.
Enjoy a taste of the classics in this savory book discussion. Please visit our calendar for meeting locations. Titles are available for checkout at the Adult Services desk.
Tuesdays ● 7-8:30 PM ● Stone Creek Grill* ● R-Requested
- 7/21 – The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, “that name which inspires absolute confidence.” Wilde’s effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.
- 8/18 – If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino. Based on a witty analogy between the reader’s desire to finish the story and the lover’s desire to consummate his or her passion are constantly and comically frustrated. In between chasing missing chapters of the book, the hapless readers tangle with an international conspiracy, a rogue translator, an elusive novelist, a disintegrating publishing house, and several oppressive governments. *This meeting will be held at El Lago.
- 9/15 – Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. When we first meet Clarissa Dalloway, she is preoccupied with the last-minute minutiae of party-planning while being flooded with memories of long ago. Clarissa then examines the realities of the present as the story travels forwards and back in time and in and out of different characters’ minds.
The Next Page
Books are best when shared! We’ll read some bestsellers and discover what’s on the next page. Titles are available for checkout at the Adult Services desk. Visit our calendar for meeting details.
Wednesdays ● 1-2 PM ● Adults ● ZB Library ● R-Requested
Saturdays ● 10-11:30 AM ● Adults ● El Lago ● R-Requested
- 7/1 & 7/25 – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose. Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life–steady boyfriend, close family–who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident.
- 8/5 & 8/22 – First Impressions by Charlie Lovett. Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of A Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice–and ultimately threaten Sophie’s life.
- 9/2 & 9/26 – A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture.
1 de septiembre – De Como las Muchachas García Perdieron el Acento escrito por Julia Álvarez Martes. Cuando las hermanas Garcia –Carla, Sandra, Yolanda y Sofia– y sus padres huyen de la Republica Dominicana buscando refugio de la persecucion politica, encuentran un nuevo hogar en los Estados Unidos. Pero el Nueva York de los anos sesenta es marcadamente diferente de la vida privilegiada, aunque conflictiva, que han dejado atras. Bajo la presion de asimilarse a una nueva cultura, las muchachas Garcia se alisan el pelo, abandonan la lengua espanola y se encuentran con muchachos sin una chaperona. Pero por mas que intentan distanciarse de su isla natal, las hermanas no logran desprender el mundo antiguo del nuevo. Lo que las hermanas han perdido para siempre –y lo que logran encontrar– se revela en esta novela magistral de una de las novelistas mas celebradas de nuestros tiempos.
Millennials is a social group for adults, ages 18-29.
- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Explores the tensions between a local culture and a changing national political agenda; family arguments and love: an instant classic.
Thursday, 8/20 ● 7-8:30 PM ● Adults 18-29 ● The Tropics
- Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. This is the chilling true story of a dark deal that spiraled out of control, leading to drug dealing, racketeering, and murder.We’ll meet us at Tinseltown USA in Kenosha and then head over to Tilted Kilt to discuss both the book and the movie.
Friday, 9/18 ● 6:45 PM ● Ages 18-29 ● Tinseltown USA and Tilted Kilt
For ZB Teens
Join us for discussions, blogging, free snacks and sodas. Visit us on Facebook to learn how you can get a free book!
Thursdays ● 6-7 PM ● Culver’s of Zion
- 7/9 – The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee. Follows the experiences of a Chinese-American teen who is thrown into the middle of an epic global chase involving the release of twelve magical superpowers.
- 8/13 – Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave by Jen White. Soon after their mother’s sudden death in San Diego, Liberty, twelve, and Billie, eight, are abandoned at an Arizona gas station by the father they barely know and Liberty must find a way to keep them together and safe until either Dad returns or they can contact Julie, their mother’s best friend.
- 9/10 – The Novice by Taran Matharu. When Fletcher, a blacksmith’s apprentice, learns he can summon demons, he travels with his demon to an academy for adepts where he is to train as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the orcs, but he discovers that all is not as it seems.
- 7/9 – Paper Towns by John Green. One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.
- 8/13 – I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artist Jude and her twin brother Noah.
- 9/10 – Mosquitoland by David Arnold. When she learns that her mother is sick in Ohio, Mim confronts her demons on a thousand-mile odyssey from Mississippi that redefines her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
Kids – If you’ve ever been tempted to stay up all night reading a good book, then this club is for you! We’re sure to have a hoot! Click here for details.
- The Deaf Musicians by Pete Seeger, and Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra by Stephen Costanza.
Tuesday, 7/28 ● 3:30-4:30 PM ● Grades K-8
- We’ll read and learn about jazz.
Tuesday, 8/25 ● 4 -5 PM ● Grades K-8
- The Music Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler.
Tuesday, 9/29 ● 4-5 PM ● Grades K-8