Book Reviews & Discussions

Ruth's Mystery Group

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 10:30am

Ruth's Mystery GroupRuth’s Mystery Group, named posthumously for its mystery maven founder, Ruth Greiner, meets on the first Thursday of the month (with the exception of July) in the New Cumberland Public Library Dining Room. 

Curiosity Book Club

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 10:30am

 Young Boy reading a bookA book club and discussion group for kids who have completed 3rd or 4th grades.

 

Tuesdays, June 17-July 29

 

10:30 AM-11:15 AM

 

Enjoy snacks as you discuss books you’ve read that sparked your curiosity.

 

Fredricksen Reads: Coal River by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 7:00pm

Become a part of Fredricksen Reads, our series of book discussions.  In this vibrant new historical novel, you will explore one young woman's determination to put an end to child labor in a Pennsylvania mining town. Coal River is a deft and honest portrait of resilience in the face of hardship, and of the simple acts of courage that can change everything.

Kids and Companions Book Club

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 6:30pm

We love talking with you about books, and we’ve met many of you who love talking about books too!  Join us for great reads and conversation!  Kids and an adult they want to bring along will be reading and talking about books together.  We’ll be meeting on the third Thursday of the month in the children’s library to share a book, a snack, and our ideas and opinions.  Register March 3, April 7 and May 5. Book selections: March - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, April - Matilda by Roald Dahl, May - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling.

 

Fred's Cover to Cover Tween Book Club

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 1:45pm

We love talking with you about books, and we’ve met many of you who love talking about books too!  Join us for great reads and conversation!  We’ll be meeting on the third Thursday of the month in the children’s library to share a book, a snack, and our ideas and opinions.  Register March 3, April 7 and May 5. Book selections: March - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, April - Matilda by Roald Dahl, May – Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

 

Wednesday Great Books Group in Meeting Room

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:30am

Old book and quillKeeping Things Whole: Readings in Environmental Science

 

The Great Books Discussion Group invites you to join them to read and discuss some of the world’s best literature on the Second and Fourth Wednesdays of every month in the Browsing Room of the New Cumberland Public Library.  A list of readings for the year is available in the library. Come and share your thoughts. 

 

Fredricksen Reads: Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 7:00pm

Become a part of Fredricksen Reads, our series of book discussions. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, an enthralling eccentric of the highest order, a last jewel of the Gilded Age who lived life on her own terms. The No.

Fred's Cover to Cover Tween Book Club - DATE CHANGE

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 1:45pm

NEW DATE 4/28 - We love talking with you about books, and we’ve met many of you who love talking about books too!  Join us for great reads and conversation!  We’ll be meeting on the third Thursday of the month in the children’s library to share a book, a snack, and our ideas and opinions.  Register April 7 and May 5. Book selections: April - Matilda by Roald Dahl, May – Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

 

Fred's Cover to Cover Tween Book Club - PROGRAM CANCELLED

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 1:45pm

We love talking with you about books, and we’ve met many of you who love talking about books too!  Join us for great reads and conversation!  We’ll be meeting on the third Thursday of the month in the children’s library to share a book, a snack, and our ideas and opinions.  Register May 5. Book selection for May – Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

 

Kids and Companions Book Club - DATE CHANGE

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 6:30pm

NEW DATE - 4/28 We love talking with you about books, and we’ve met many of you who love talking about books too!  Join us for great reads and conversation!  Kids and an adult they want to bring along will be reading and talking about books together.  We’ll be meeting on the third Thursday of the month in the children’s library to share a book, a snack, and our ideas and opinions.  Register April 7 and May 5. Book selections: April - Matilda by Roald Dahl, May - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling.

 

Kids and Companions Book Club - PROGRAM CANCELLED

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 6:30pm

We love talking with you about books, and we’ve met many of you who love talking about books too!  Join us for great reads and conversation!  Kids and an adult they want to bring along will be reading and talking about books together.  We’ll be meeting on the third Thursday of the month in the children’s library to share a book, a snack, and our ideas and opinions.  Register May 5. Book selection for May - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling.

 

NEW SESSION ADDED: Fredricksen Reads: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 5:30pm

NEW SESSION ADDED (5:30 pm): Become a part of Fredricksen Reads, our series of book discussions. This month, we are working in collaboration with Longwood Gardens, The Appalachian Trail Museum and Keystone Trails Association on a Countywide Community Read. This winner of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards tells the inspiring story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail.

Fredricksen Reads: The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

Become a part of Fredricksen Reads, our series of book discussions. The ravages of age are eroding Marina's grip on the everyday. And while the elderly Russian woman cannot hold on to fresh memories, her distant past is preserved: vivid images that rise unbidden of her youth in war-torn Leningrad.  You must have read or listened to the book in order to attend. Register beginning June 15.

Fredricksen Reads: The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 7:00pm

Become a part of Fredricksen Reads, our series of book discussions. In this novel, Charles Lindbergh sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, yet most just consider her the aviator's wife. Join us as we read and discuss her life of heartbreak and hardships, change and happiness. You must have read or listened to the book in order to attend. Register beginning July 15.

Library Reads

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 6:30pm

Book discussion of the Library Reads recommended novel, "The City Baker's Guide to Country Living" by Louise Miller. From the publisher:  "A full-hearted novel about a big-city baker who discovers the true meaning of home—and that sometimes the best things are found when you didn’t even know you were looking." Please either have read the book or listened to the audio book.

Stories of Faith

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 11:00am

Join us for a discussion of the book, "A Lesson in Hope" by Philip Gulley. From the Wall Street Journal: "Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor from Indiana with a charming sense of small-town life-and a shrewd sense of life in general ... A self-deprecating narrator ... he knows how to exaggerate in a witty way." Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting.

Stories of Faith

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 11:00am

Join us for a discussion of the book, "Stitches" by Anne Lamott. From the publisher, "Lamott explores how we find meaning and peace in these loud and frantic times; where we start again after personal and public devastation; how we recapture wholeness after loss; and how we locate our true identities in this frazzled age." Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting.

Library Reads

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the Library Reads recommended book, "Books for Living" by Will Schwalbe. From the publisher: "In this delightful celebration of reading, Schwalbe invites us along on his quest for books that speak to the specific challenges of living in our modern world, with all its noise and distractions.

Library Reads

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the Library Reads recommended book, "The Girl Before" by J.P. Delaney. From the publisher: "An enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception." Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting. Register by contacting the library at 732-4274.

Library Reads

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the Library Reads recommended book, "The Chilbury Ladies Choir." From the publisher:  "In turns funny, charming and heart-wrenching, this lovingly executed ensemble novel will charm and inspire, illuminating the true spirit of the women on the home front, in a village of indomitable spirit, at the dawn of a most terrible conflict."  Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting.

Life Lessons

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 6:30pm
Join us for a discussion of the book, "A Gathering in Hope" by Philip Gulley.  From the Publisher:  "Bestselling author Philip Gulley offers humorous, small-town storytelling as he follows the foibles and follies of Pastor Sam Gardner."  Please either have read the book or listened to the audio book before the meeting. If you like to knit, sew, crochet, embroider while talking, feel free to bring along your handiwork.

Life Lessons

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 6:30pm
Join us for a discussion of the book, "Rising Strong" by Brene Brown. From the Publisher: "The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. The author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection tells us what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending.

Library Reads

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the Library Reads recommended book "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman. From BookBrowse: "Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes . . . The only way to survive is to open your heart." Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting. Register by calling the library at 717-732-4274.

Life Lessons

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the book The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer. From the publisher: "The Art of Stillness paints a picture of why so many—from Marcel Proust to Mahatma Gandhi to Emily Dickinson—have found richness in stillness.

Life Lessons

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the book, "Why Won't You Apologize: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts" by Harriet Lerner. From the Publisher: "Renowned psychologist and bestselling author of The Dance of Anger sheds new light on the two most important words in the English language—I’m sorry—and offers a unique perspective on the challenge of healing broken connections and restoring trust. . . With her trademark humor and wit, Lerner offers a joyful and sanity-saving guide to setting things right." Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting.

Library Reads

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the Library Reads recommended book, "How to Find Love in a Bookshop" by Veronica Henry. From kirkusreviews.com:  "A young woman takes over her father’s bookshop and discovers its importance to its small-town clientele. . .

The Great American Novel

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

In our quest to find The Great American Novel, join us for a discussion of Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer. From the publisher: "How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others?

One Book, One Community Book Discussion: Poison Study

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 4:00pm

Poison StudyAs part of One Book, One Community, we are gathering to discuss this year's choice, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered a reprieve. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust, and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

Adventures in Reading

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

Walking to ListenJoin us for a discussion of the book, Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time, by Andrew Forsthoefel. From kirkusreviews.com: "Following graduation from Middlebury College, 23-year-old Forsthoefel hatched a plan to leave his mother’s home in suburban Philadelphia and walk until he spent all his money or hit the Pacific Ocean, whichever came first.

Adventures in Reading

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the memoir, "This Road I Ride: Sometimes It Takes Losing Everything to Find Yourself," by Juliana Buhring. From kirkusreviews.com: "An endurance cyclist's account of how the death of the man she loved became the catalyst for a record-setting around-the-world cycling journey of self-discovery." Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting.

Library Reads - CANCELLED

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the Library Reads recommended book, "Uncommon Type," by Tom Hanks.  From NPR:  "Uncommon Type offers heartfelt charm along with nostalgia for sweeter, simpler times." Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting. Register at the Library or by calling the Library at (717) 732-4274.

Adventures in Reading

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the memoir, "Just Passin' Thru: A Vintage Store, the Appalachian Trail, and a Cast of Unforgettable Characters," by Winton Porter. From goodreads.com: "In this historic setting — a store on the Appalachian Trail called Mountain Crossings — the characters . . .

Library Reads

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the Library Reads recommended novel Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern. From goodreads.com: "In this little library that has become the heart of this small town, Kit, Sunny, and Rusty are drawn to each other, and to a cast of other offbeat regulars.

Adventures in Reading

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the memoir, "Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail" by Jennifer Pharr Davis. From nationalparkstraveler.org: "As much as Becoming Odyssa is a book about one hiker's experiences along the Appalachian Trail, it's also a book about finding one's path in life. Ms. Davis' search is one more than a few of us can no doubt empathize with.

Reading Rock and Roll: Uncommon People

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the book, "Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of Rock Stars," by David Hepworth. From goodreads.com: "In Uncommon People, David Hepworth zeroes in on defining moments and turning points in the lives of forty rock stars from 1955 to 1995, taking us on a journey to burst a hundred myths and create a hundred more." Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting.

New Book Club Meeting!

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 6:00pm

BooksInterested in participating in a book club at Shippensburg Public Library? Consider attending our first meeting on May 21 at 6:00pm on the 1st floor in the Annex! Help launch this new book club as we will discuss how we want to structure our bookclub and what books we want to read!

 

Library Reads - Magpie Murders

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the Library Reads recommended book, "Magpie Murders" by Anthony Horowitz. From the publisher: "Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective." Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting. Register at the library or by calling the library at (717) 732-4274.

Library Reads - Killers of the Flower Moon

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the Library Reads recommended book, "Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann. From LibraryReads.org:  In the 1920s, a string of unsolved murders rocked the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. Made rich by oil rights, the Osage were already victimized by unscrupulous businessmen and societal prejudice, but these murders were so egregious, the newly formed FBI was brought in to investigate.

Library Reads: Beartown

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the Library Reads recommended book Beartown by Fredrik Backman.  From kirkusreviews.com: "This is about more than youth sports; it's part coming-of-age novel, part study of moral failure, and finally a chronicle of group think in which an unlikely hero steps forward to save more than one person from self-destruction." Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting.

Holiday Reading: Christmas Bells

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the novel Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini.  From kirkusreviews.com: "Preparing for Christmas in Cambridge, Massachusetts, church members face challenges aided by faith and friends and inspired by the eponymous poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow—who, in an alternate storyline, fights despair as he confronts personal tragedy and the Civil War . . .

Christian Fiction Book Club

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 12:00pm
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join us each month to discuss Christian fiction. Read any book by the author of the month, and bring it along to discuss it and learn what others have read. Leave with some memories of old favorites and some new books to add to your reading list! Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.

January--read and bring any book by Beverly Lewis

February--read and bring any book by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Adventures in Reading: American Wolf

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the book American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee. From Goodreads.com: "A riveting multigenerational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the ongoing cultural clash in the West—between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country’s most iconic landscapes." Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting.

Library Reads: Unsheltered

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the Library Reads recommended novel Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. From kirkusreviews.com: "Alternating between two centuries, Kingsolver examines the personal and social shocks that ensue when people’s assumptions about the world and their place in it are challenged." Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting. Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.

One Book, One Community

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 5:30pm

Join the 2019 One Book One Community campaign by reading Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. Then join us for a stimulating discussion of the book. Refreshments will be provided. Please register by calling the library at 717-532-4508 or signing up here to reserve your place!

Christian Fiction Book Club

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:00pm
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 12:00pm
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join us each month to discuss Christian fiction. Read any book by the author of the month, and bring it along to discuss it and learn what others have read. Leave with some memories of old favorites and some new books to add to your reading list! Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.

March—read and bring any book by Shelley Shepard Gray

April—read and bring any book by Beth Wiseman

Reading Poetry

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 6:30pm

In celebration of National Poetry Month, join us for a discussion of the book, "The Flame" by Leonard Cohen. From goodreads.com: "The Flame is the final work from Leonard Cohen, the revered poet and musician whose fans span generations and whose work is celebrated throughout the world.

Library Reads: The Library Book

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the Library Reads recommended book, "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean. From goodreads.com: "Brimming with her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, The Library Book is Susan Orlean’s thrilling journey through the stacks that reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books—and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country." Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting. Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.

Adventures in Reading: Hippie

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the book, "Hippie" by Paulo Coelho. From goodreads.com: "Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to re-live the dream of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order – authoritarian politics, conservative modes of behavior, excessive consumerism, and an unbalanced concentration of wealth and power." Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting. Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.

2nd Tuesday Book Club

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 1:00pm

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club meets at 1:00 pm the second Tuesday of the month (except July and August) in the Annex. The group will read and discuss these books:

 

Please join the group any 2nd Tuesday of the month!

 

 

September 11 - Lilli De Long by Janet Benton

October 9 - Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

November 13 - Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

 

Teen Book Club

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:30pm

Brave New WorldWe'll discuss Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and two original short stories.  Copies of the original stories are available at the library front desk.  New members and visitors are always welcome!

Book Club

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 1:00pm

We'll discuss Full Moon Rising by local author T.M. Becker (who will attend the meeting) and I Dissent by Debbie Levy.  New members are always welcome!Full Moon Rising

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