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Avid Reads Book Discussion: "Blue Asylum"
Discuss Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall
Put on trial by her slaveholder husband and convicted of madness by a Virginia judge, Iris Dunleavy is sent to Sanibel Asylum to be restored to a good wife. But Iris knows her husband is the true criminal; she is no lunatic, only guilty of violating Southern notions of property. A pompous superintendent heads this asylum populated by wonderful characters, including his self-diagnosing twelve-year-old son, a woman who swallows anything in sight, and Ambrose Weller, a Confederate soldier whose memories terrorize him into wild fits that can only be calmed by the color blue, but whose gentleness and dark eyes beckon to Iris. The institution calls itself modern, but Iris is skeptical of its methods, particularly the dreaded "water treatment." In this isolated place, she finds love with Ambrose. But can she take him with her if she escapes? Will there be anything for them to make a life from, back home? This novel is the story of a spirited woman, a wounded soldier, their impossible love, and the call of freedom.
Reality Check Book Discussion: "Black Klansman"
Discuss: Black Klansman: Race, Hate and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth
The extraordinary true story of a black police officer who goes undercover to investigate the KKK, the basis for the forthcoming major motion picture directed by Spike Lee and produced by Jordan Peele. When detective Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, comes across a classified ad in the local paper asking for all those interested in joining the Ku Klux Klan to contact a P.O. box, he responds with interest. He figures he'll receive a few brochures in the mail, maybe even a magazine, and learn more about a growing threat to his community. A few weeks later the office phone rings and the caller asks Ron a question he thought he'd never have to answer, 'Would you like to join our cause?' This is 1978, and the KKK is on the rise in the United States. Its Grand Wizard, David Duke, has made a name for himself, appearing on talk shows and in major magazine interviews preaching a "kinder" Klan that wants nothing more than to preserve its heritage. Ron answers the caller's question that night with a yes, launching what is surely one of the most audacious and incredible undercover investigations in history. Ron recruits his partner Chuck to play the 'white' Ron Stallworth, while Stallworth himself conducts all subsequent phone conversations. During the months-long investigation, Stallworth sabotages cross burnings, exposes white supremacists in the military, and even manages to deceive David Duke himself. Black Klansman is an amazing true story that reads like a crime thriller. It's a searing portrait of a divided America and the extraordinary heroes who dare to fight back.
Bookworm Circle: "Matilda"
Grades 3-5. Limit 12.
Location: Community Room
Come join our book club! Stop by anytime in May to pick up your Book Club Kit, complete with the book for you to check out, your membership card, and cool related materials wrapped up and ready to go! Come back Tuesday, May 28 to chat about the book, eat snacks, and participate in fun activities about this book!
Our pick this month: Matilda by Roald Dahl
No sign-up required, but attendees must have read the book.
Fiction Addiction: Family Edition "Charlotte's Web"
This family book club welcomes those that want to read and discuss a monthly book with other families.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to participate in critical thinking skills with your children!
Come by the library to get the book, read it at home, and then come back to discuss it on Monday, June 17th.
Light snacks will be provided.
Limited to the first 10 families. No sign-up required, but attendees must have read the book.
Our book this month: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.