Avid Reads Book Discussion: "The Butterfly's Daughter"

Avid Reads Book Discussion: "The Butterfly's Daughter"

Discuss: The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe

Following the migrating monarchs across the United States to Mexico, Luz Avila arrives in San Antonio to find her aunt and meets her mother, who she had always believed dead. Now Luz must face her mother's reappearance in her life and get her grandmother's ashes to Mexico for the Day of the Dead.

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Reality Check Book Discussion: "An Invisible Thread"

Reality Check Book Discussion: "An Invisible Thread"

Discuss: An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski.

This inspirational New York Times bestseller chronicles the lifelong friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness. "A straightforward tale of kindness and paying it forward in 1980s New York....an uplifting reminder that small gestures matter" ( Kirkus Reviews ).

Stopping was never part of the plan...

She was a successful ad sales rep in Manhattan. He was a homeless, eleven-year-old panhandler on the street. He asked for spare change; she kept walking. But then something stopped her in her tracks, and she went back. And she continued to go back, again and again. They met up nearly every week for years and built an unexpected, life-changing friendship that has today spanned almost three decades.

Whatever made me notice him on that street corner so many years ago is clearly something that cannot be extinguished, no matter how relentless the forces aligned against it. Some may call it spirit. Some may call it heart. It drew me to him, as if we were bound by some invisible, unbreakable thread. And whatever it is, it binds us still.

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Murder & Mayhem Book Discussion: "The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost"

Murder & Mayhem Book Discussion: "The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost"

Discuss: The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost by Lucy Banks

 
Kester Lanner, a logically-minded academic type, didn't know what he was in for when he followed his mother's dying request to contact Dr. Ribero and learned he was Kester's father.
Kester becomes involved in the family business: catching supernatural ghosts and finds himself in a struggle with a powerful and haunting ghost.
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Avid Reads Book Discussion: "Next Year in Havana"

Avid Reads Book Discussion: "Next Year in Havana"

Discuss: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

"After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity--and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution ... Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest--until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary ... Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa's last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth. Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she'll need the lessons of her grandmother's past to help her understand the true meaning of courage--and what it means to be Cuban"-- Provided by publisher.

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Murder & Mayhem Book Discussion: "The Mistletoe Murder: and other stories"

Murder & Mayhem Book Discussion: "The Mistletoe Murder: and other stories"

Discuss: The Mistletoe Murder: and other stories by P.D. James

Four Christmas short stories, two featuring poet-detective Adam Dalgliesh, that deal with some of the most unsettling aspects of human nature. Previously published in newspapers and magazines, they are collected here for the first time.

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Stacks, Snacks & Crafts: "Planet Earth is Blue"

Stacks, Snacks & Crafts: "Planet Earth is Blue"

Grades 6-8. Limit 12.

Join our book club! Visit the Youth Dept. downstairs at any time to pick up your Book Club Kit. 

Come in to discuss the book, enjoy snacks and make crafts during the discussion.

Remember,  the reading must be completed before the book club meeting.

Our book this month is Planet Earth Is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos.

Autistic and nearly nonverbal, twelve-year-old Nova is happy in her new foster home and school, but eagerly anticipates the 1986 Challenger launch, for which her sister, Bridget, promised to return.

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Fiction Addiction: Family Edition "Wonder"

Fiction Addiction: Family Edition "Wonder"

Family Event

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. 

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: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

 
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid -- but his classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

 

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Bookworm Circle: "Drama"

Bookworm Circle: "Drama"

Grades 3-5. Limit 12

No sign-up required, but attendees must have read the book.

Come join our book club! Stop by anytime in October 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 to chat about the book, eat snacks, and participate in fun activities about this book!

Our pick this month: Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

 

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Fiction Addiction: Family Edition "The Incredible Journey"

Fiction Addiction: Family Edition "The Incredible Journey"

Family Event

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.

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: The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

 
A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel together 250 miles through the Canadian wilderness to find their family.

                                                                                                                                                                                            

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Stacks, Snacks & Crafts: "Bud, Not Buddy"

Stacks, Snacks & Crafts: "Bud, Not Buddy"

Grades 6-8. Limit 12.

Join our book club! Visit the Youth Dept. downstairs at any time to pick up your Book Club Kit. 

Come in to discuss the book, enjoy snacks and make crafts during the discussion.

Remember,  the reading must be completed before the book club meeting.

Our book this month is Bud, Not Buddy by Paul Curtis.

 
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
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Bookworm Circle: "Just Grace"

Bookworm Circle: "Just Grace"

Grades 3-5. Limit 12

No sign-up required, but attendees must have read the book.

Come join our book club! Stop by anytime in October 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 to chat about the book, eat snacks, and participate in fun activities about this book!

Our pick this month: Just Grace by Charise Harper

 
Misnamed by her teacher, seven-year-old Just Grace prides herself on being empathetic, but when she tries to help a neighbor feel better, her good intentions backfire.
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