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 September-December 2023:
September 27     The Prussian Officer by D. H. Lawrence
                            Willful Homing by Robert Frost

October 11          The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket by Yasunari Kawabata
                            A Clean, Well Lighted Place by Ernest Hemmingway

October 25          The Sacrificial Egg by Chinua Achebe
                            Of Mere Being by Wallace Stevens

November 8         A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka
                            How to Live, What to Do by Wallace Stevens

December 13       TBD (Makeup date)

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 2023 are:

January 5 - Reader's Choice
February 2 - Asian setting or author
March 2 - Private Investigator
April 6 - 1920s Setting
May 4 - Mystery Set Before 1500
June 1 - Spy Craft
July - No Meeting
August - Senior Sleuths
September 7 - One Author: Deborah Crombie
October 5 - Biblio Mysteries
November 2 - Indigenous Peoples
December 7 - Christmas Mysteries

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