Inspiration - Living Life Mindfully: "Falling Upward"

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

In "Falling Upward", Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand and appreciate the second half of their lives. He challenges the ideas society has taught us about how getting old is a future rife with health issues and letting go of life. Rohr shows that those of us who have gone "down" are the ones who truly understand "up," and those who have fallen are the ones who can grow spiritually and not misuse "up." Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

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Meeting Room - Dole Branch
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Read & Reflect : "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea"

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years, a chaotic period that saw the rise to power of Kim Jong Il and the devastation of a famine that killed one-fifth of the population, illustrating what it means to live under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Words on Wednesday: "The Sun Also Rises" by Hemingway

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Journey with Oak Park local, Ernest Hemingway to 1920s Paris and Spain, visiting cafes, fishing in streams, and witnessing the running of the bulls. Traveling with a cast of characters, Hemingway gives us a glimpse into the lives of "the lost generation."

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

Location: 
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

genre X: The Lottery

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Join us for our monthly book discussion for readers in their 20s and 30s at Fat Duck Tavern & Grill. October's selection is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.

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

For more information on genre X, and our upcoming discussions, visit our website and join our Goodreads group to see a list of upcoming and previous selections.

Location: 
Fat Duck - Forest Park

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: "Five Days at Memorial"

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Join us at Maze to discuss "Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital" by Sheri Fink. As the flood waters rose after Hurricane Katrina, patients, staff, and families who sheltered in New Orleans’ Memorial Hospital faced a crisis far worse than the storm itself. Without power, an evacuation plan, or strong leadership, caregiving became chaotic, and exhausted doctors and nurses found it difficult to make even the simplest decisions. Unfortunately, when it came to making the hardest decisions, some of them seem to have failed.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

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 : The Nicholas Bracewell Mysteries

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us at Maze to discuss the Nicholas Bracewell mysteries. It is 1588 and Queen Elizabeth I is on the throne of England. Theater companies are sprouting up but can easily be shut down if their plays do not conform to the politics of the time. Matters become dangerous when one of the acting company is murdered. Lord Westfield's Men is managed by Nicholas Bracewell who must investigate all manner of crimes connected with this theater group.

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Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - Stitches: a handbook on meaning, hope...

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Author Anne Lamott explores how we can find meaning and peace when life lurches out of balance. Even through the loud and frantic times, we are allowed to recapture wholeness after a loss and to locate our true identities. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Truth Is Stranger: Nothing to Envy - RESCHEDULED

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Maze Branch Library will be closed due to extreme weather Tuesday, Jan. 28. The Nothing to Envy discussion will take place Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 pm.

This months' book is Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick.Following the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years, Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime in the world today.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

Words on Wednesday: Buddha in the Attic

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Before World War II, many Japanese mail-order brides came to the U.S. to make a life for themselves. The author depicts a delicate and heartbreaking portrait of these women. Join us to discuss this remarkable book.

Copies of The Buddha in the Attic will be available for pick up on the second floor of Main Library one month before the discussion.

Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.

Location: 
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

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