Book Discussion Groups

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Join New Cumberland Library's Book Discussion Groups! Book discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library and each group meets on a standing schedule.

Great Books Discussion Groups:

1st & 3rd Monday mornings
September 18, 2023 - May 20, 2024
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The selection of titles to be read and discussed is available at the Main Desk. 
Questions can be directed to Joan Short, 717-938-3494
Meeting is held in the Library's Dining Room

Selections for the 2023-2024 Season:
September 18   One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
October 2          Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
October 16        Empire of the Ants and The Door in the Wall by H.G. Wells (2 short stories
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November 6      Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
December 4      Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac
January 2**       Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
January 15        The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
February 5        Apology by Plato
March 4            Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
March 18          The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Tolstoy
April 1               Antigone by Sophocles
April 15             Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad
May 6               Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
May 20             Poetry (to be selected)

2nd & 4th Wednesday mornings
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The selection of titles to be read and discussed is available at the Main Desk.
Questions can be directed to Dan Tepsic, 717-774-0719
Meeting is held in the Library's 2nd Floor Meeting Room

Selections for January - May 2024:
January 10           A Man With Two Lives by Ambrose Bierce
                            The Boarded Window by Ambrose Bierce
                            Stickeen by John Muir
                            Landscape With the Fall of Icarus by William Carlos Williams

January 24          The Death of a Government Clerk by Anton Chekhov
                            The Handicapped by Randolph Bourne
                            The Young Housewife by William Carlos Williams

February 14        The Looking Glass by Anton Chekhov
                            Coatesville by John Jay Chapman
                            The Widow's Lament in Springtime by William Carlos Williams

February 28        Oh! The Public by Anton Chekhov
                           The Devil Baby at Hull House by Jane Adams
                           The Descent by William Carlos Williams

March 13            The Father by Bjorson
                           Pamplona by Hemingway
                           The Helmsman by H.Doolittle

April 10               Births. Mrs. Meeks, of a Son by Charles Dickens
                           The Hills of Zion by H.L. Mencken
                           Aunt Helen by T.S. Eliot

April 24               The Lady, or the Tiger? by Frank Stockton
                           How It Feels To Be Colored Me by Zora Neale Hurston
                           My Grandmother's Love Letters by Hart Crane

May 8                 The Peasant Marey by Fyodor Dostoevsky
                           The Old Stone House by Edmund Wilson
                           The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes

May 22               The Fable of the Preacher Who Flew His Kite by George Ade
                           The Crack-Up by F. Scott Fitzgerald
                           I, Too by Langston Hughes

Ruth's Mystery Discussion Group

1st Thursday of every month except July
10:30 a.m.
All lovers of good mysteries are invited to join our monthly discussion group.
Please call the Library at 717-774-7820 for more information
The meeting is currently held in Foundation House.

Ruth's Mystery Discussion Group members each report on a one book they've read on the selected reading topic. The reading topics for 2024 are:

January 4 - Reader's Choice
February 1 - Murder on the Light Side
March 7 - Murder with Past or Current FBI agent
April 4 - Author Who Shares Your Last Initial
May 2 - Mystery Set in a Theater, Movie, or TV Show Set
June 6 - Mystery Set South of the Equator
July - No Meeting
August 1 - Pennsylvania Authors
September 5 - One Author: TBD
October 3 - Mystery Other Than Murder
November 7 - Mystery Published in the Last Five Years
December 5 - Christmas Mysteries


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