Book, Poetry, and Writing Groups @ Your Library
The Huntington City-Township Public Library has many different literary clubs available for patrons to join! Below, descriptions and information are listed for each club your library offers.
Fiction Lovers’ Book Club
Fiction Lover’s Book Club meets at 6:30PM on the second Tuesday of the month by the fireplace at the Main Library. Coffee, tea and snacks are provided and new members are always welcome! This month’s meeting will be Tuesday, August 13 at 6:30 pm by the fireplace at the Main Library.
This month’s book:
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…
About the Authors
About the Authors
Neil Gaiman is the author of more than twenty books, and the recipient of numerous literary honors. Born and raised in England, he now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and dreams of endless libraries. Sir Terry Pratchett’s many honors include the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Printz Honor, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Britain’s Carnegie Medal, the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for lasting contribution to young adult literature, and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. His books have sold more than 75 million copies worldwide. Knighted for his “services to literature,” Sir Terry lives in England with his wife and many cats.
Next month’s book:
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life. Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.
Teen Book Club
Teen Book Club meets at 5PM on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Want to join the club? Visit the Reference Desk at the Main Library to pick up a book club packet and parental permission slip. This month’s meeting will be Thursday, August 15 at 5PM in the Young Adult Reading Area at the Main Library.
This Month’s Book:
Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer
High school sophomore Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth, the way “one marble hits another.” The result is catastrophic. How can her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis are wiping out the coasts, earthquakes are rocking the continents, and volcanic ash is blocking out the sun? As August turns dark and wintry in northeastern Pennsylvania, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove. Told in a year’s worth of journal entries, this heart-pounding story chronicles Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all—hope—in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world. Awards: ALA Best Book for Young Adults, CCBC Choice, Junior Library Guild Premier selection, Listening Library selection, Amazon.com Best Book of the Year, 2011 ALA Popular Paperback, winner of six state awards. Find more information at www.lifeasweknewit.com, and don’t miss the exciting sequels The Dead & The Gone and This World We Live In.
Next Month’s Book:
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
“Everything affects everything,” declares Hannah Baker, who killed herself two weeks ago. After her death, Clay Jensen—who had a crush on Hannah—finds seven cassette tapes in a brown paper package on his doorstep. Listening to the tapes, Hannah chronicles her downward spiral and the 13 people who led her to make this horrific choice. Evincing the subtle—and not so subtle—cruelties of teen life, from rumors, to reputations, to rape, Hannah explains to her listeners that, “in the end, everything matters.” Most of the novel quite literally takes place in Clay’s head, as he listens to Hannah’s voice pounding in his ears through his headphones, creating a very intimate feel for the reader as Hannah explains herself. Her pain is gut-wrenchingly palpable, and the reader is thrust face-first into a world where everything is related, an intricate yet brutal tapestry of events, people and places. Asher has created an entrancing character study and a riveting look into the psyche of someone who would make this unfortunate choice.
Epeolatry Poetry Club News
Epeolatry is defined as “the worship of words.” Join the Epeolatry Poetry Club, which meets monthly at 3pm on the 4th Saturday of the month by the fireplace at the Main Library. At each meeting, members learn about three types of poetry, discuss poems presented the month before, and share new poems from the group. The Poetry Club meets next at 3pm on Saturday, August 24 at the Main Library. New members are always welcome, and no registration is required – just come to a meeting and bring your appreciation for poetry! Want to know more? Call the Reference Desk at 356-0824 for details, or contact the Poetry Club at their website, epeolatrypoetry.tumblr.com.
What’s Your Story? Huntington Area Writers’ Group
The Huntington Area Writers’ Group meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Main Library. Both aspiring and already published authors of any type or age group are invited to attend, and if desired, to share their own work for critique. The group’s focus is to share questions, problems, and experiences with fellow writers; to provide support, critique, and suggestions on works-in-progress; and to share information on improving one’s writing and navigating the publishing process.
Huntington County Genealogy Society
The Genealogy Society will not meet during the months of July and August, and will resume its regular meeting schedule at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 4. The Huntington County Genealogy Society meets at 7 pm on the first Wednesday of most months in the Indiana Room at Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 West Park Drive, Huntington. The public is invited, and new members are always welcome. For more information, contact the Indiana Room at 356-0824.