Brown Bag - The Troubled Man

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Kurt Wallander the 60-year-old Swedish detective unofficially pursues a case that's part mystery, part spy thriller. At the 75th birthday party for HÃ¥kan von Enke, a retired Swedish naval commander highly placed and deeply respected in Swedish military circle, he tells Wallander about a 1980 incident involving an unidentified submarine that "invaded Swedish territorial waters." When he was about to fire depth charges to bring the sub to the surface, higher-ups ordered von Enke to abort. A few days after confiding in Wallander, von Enke and his wife disappear.

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Meeting Room - Dole Branch

genre X: Night Film

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

genre X is on tour! Join us for our monthly book discussion for readers in their 20s and 30s, now popping up at a new location each month. July's selection is Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Join us to discuss at Piggyback Tavern, 410 Circle Ave., Forest Park.

Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.

Location: 
Piggyback Tavern - Forest Park

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: The Guns of August

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us to discuss The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman.
As we begin to commemorate the centennial of the First World War, read this Pulitzer Prize winning history which brings to life the people and events which led up to war -- how the war started and why, and why it couldn't be stopped.
This discussion is part of our nonfiction series, Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction. Copies of The Guns of August will be available at Maze Branch a month before the discussion. Library book discussions are open to all who are committed to reading and talking about books.

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Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: The Color of Water

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us to discuss The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride. This book is a testament to one woman's true heart, solid values, and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered.
This discussion is part of our nonfiction series, Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction. Copies of The Color of Water. will be available at Maze Branch a month before the discussion. Library book discussions are open to all who are committed to reading and talking about books.

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Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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Mysterious History of England: Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us to discuss Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron. It's 1803 and due to the madness of King George, England is about to come under the Regency of the Prince-Regent (soon to be George IV). "Jane Austen," now 28, is compelled to find out the truth behind the death of her friend's very wealthy husband.

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Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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The Mysterious History of England: Blind Justice

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us to discuss Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander.
It's 1768 and King George III reigns. Sir John Fielding and his brother Henry Fielding (the novelist) have formed London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners. Sir John is a magistrate - and blind - so he uses Jeremy Proctor as his eyes to uncover the truth in cases appearing before him.

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Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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Read & Reflect - The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius, was a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas. The universe functioned without the aid of gods, religious fear was damaging to human life, and matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, colliding and swerving in new directions.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Read & Reflect - The Warmth of Other Suns

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson examines the Great Migration of African-Americans from World War I to the 1970s. Interviewing more than 1,200 people, she focuses mainly on the personal stories of three Southern African-Americans who uprooted their lives to move to other parts of America.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

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