Photo of vintage books2nd and 4th Wednesdays through May 2020
Wednesday, February 12th and February 26th 10:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Library Meeting Room
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 Meeting Room of the New Cumberland Public Library.  
The Wednesday Great Books Group is using Great Conversations 1 and Modern American Poetry for September 2019 to January 2020’s book discussions. A list of readings for the year is available in the library.  Come and share your thoughts. 
No fees, prerequisites, regular attendance, or registration are required. Contact: Dan Tepsic, 774-0719

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Lord of the FliesThe Teen Book Club meeting has been changed to Thursday, February 27th.  We'll talk about Lord of the Flies by William Golding.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

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man reading a bookJoin the Just Mysteries Book Group as they discuss Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke.

The Just Mysteries book group meets the fourth Friday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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Photo of vintage Books1st and 3rd Mondays September through May
The Monday Great Books Discussion Group participants invite you to join them to discuss a variety of stimulating writings.  Through shared inquiry, participants benefit by examining the thoughts presented in the texts and their relevance in modern life. The list of reading selections for the 2020 season is available at the circulation desk.  The Great Books Discussion Group meets in the Dining Room of the New Cumberland Public Library on the first and third Mondays of the month. In March, the group will meet on March 2nd and March 16th..  No Fee or Registration. Anyone is welcome! Contact persons are Ethel Bitterman at 717-938-1590 and Joan Short at 717-938-3494 
 

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The Book that Matters MostWe'll discuss The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood.  All are welcome!

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person reading a bookJoin the Monday Night Book Group as they discuss Becoming by Michelle Obama.

The Monday book group meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm.

 

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classics032010:00 am - 11:00 am in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level
Curl up with the Classics with our daytime book discussions. It's New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany's. And nice girls don't, except, of course, Holly Golightly. Pursued by Mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, Holly is irrepressibly 'top banana in the shock department', and one of the shining flowers of American fiction. Registration begins February 1. This program is part of the Daytime Academy made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for lifelong learning.

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moving03201:00 pm – 2:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level
Join us for Moving Forward, a book discussion series geared towards those who have suffered a loss or tragedy and could use an infusion of hope. In cooperation with Hospice of Central PA, we will be reading books focusing on the redemptive power of the human spirit. For March’s choice, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. You must have read or listened to the book to attend. Registration begins February 1. Ages 18 and older, please.

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magnifying glass and fingerprintsRuth’s Mystery Discussion Group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 10:15 AM in the New Cumberland Public Library Meeting Room. Thursday, March 5th the group will discuss Mysteries Based on Real Crimes. A reading list is available at the mystery meetings.  A binder containing authors and book titles that have been read by the group members, as well as a table display of information about the group, is arranged in the mystery section of the library’s South Wing.   New members are encouraged to attend and enjoy sharing their love of the mystery genre.

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Adults discussing book in libraryThe March Book Review features:

Botany of Desire by Michael Polan
Reviewed by: Kay Gettier

Book reviews are held on the second Tuesday of the month from September through May in Foundation House. 

Book reviews are free and open to the public.  No reservations are needed to attend and light refreshments are served by the Friends of the Library. Foundation House is located at the corner of Ninth and Sharon Streets across the parking lot from the Library building. 

 

 

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Photo of vintage books2nd and 4th Wednesdays through May 2020
Wednesday, March 11th and March 25th 10:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Library Meeting Room
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 Meeting Room of the New Cumberland Public Library.  
The Wednesday Great Books Group is using Great Conversations 1 and Modern American Poetry for September 2019 to January 2020’s book discussions. A list of readings for the year is available in the library.  Come and share your thoughts. 
No fees, prerequisites, regular attendance, or registration are required. Contact: Dan Tepsic, 774-0719

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woman reading a bookJoin the Wicked Wednesday Book Group as they discuss Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide by Cass R. Sunstein.

The Wicked Wednesday book group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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Mad About Mysteries MarchJoin our book discussion of The Third Victim by Lisa Gardner on Wednesday, March 11 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.

An unspeakable act has ripped apart the idyllic town of Bakersville, Oregon, and its once-peaceful residents are demanding quick justice. But though a boy has confessed to the horrific crime, evidence shows he may not be guilty. Officer Rainie Conner, leading her first homicide investigation, stands at the center of the controversy. It's hitting too close to home, bringing back her worst nightmares, threatening to expose her secret sins. But with the boy's life at stake, she won't let anything stop her from finding the real killer.
 

The Mad About Mysteries Book Club is held in the Tutoring Rooms on the Upper Level. Registration is not required, and new members are welcome! For more information please contact Joelene at jdiana@ccpa.net.

 

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Photo of vintage Books1st and 3rd Mondays September through May
The Monday Great Books Discussion Group participants invite you to join them to discuss a variety of stimulating writings.  Through shared inquiry, participants benefit by examining the thoughts presented in the texts and their relevance in modern life. The list of reading selections for the 2020 season is available at the circulation desk.  The Great Books Discussion Group meets in the Dining Room of the New Cumberland Public Library on the first and third Mondays of the month. In March, the group will meet on March 2nd and March 16th..  No Fee or Registration. Anyone is welcome! Contact persons are Ethel Bitterman at 717-938-1590 and Joan Short at 717-938-3494 
 

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Monday Night Book Club Pick

Join us in discussing One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus on Monday, March 16 at 7:00 pm.

One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.

This book club meets in the tutoring rooms on the Upper Level. Registration is not required, and new members are welcome! If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Joelene at jdiana@ccpa.net.

 

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Homeschool Book Discussion ClubRead the fiction and nonfiction books listed below and be prepared to discuss them with the other members of the club. This club for homeschool students meets from 1:00 - 2:00 pm on the third Tuesday of each month from September - May.

Books: Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold and Freaky Flies by Greg Roza

Ages: Kindergarten - Second Grade

Registration: Registration is required no later than three days before the event. Please register online, in person, or call the library at 717-766-0171.

Looking for Grades 3-5? Click here!

 

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Homeschool Book Discussion ClubRead the fiction and nonfiction books listed below and be prepared to discuss them with the other members of the club. This club for homeschool students meets from 1:00 - 2:00 pm on the third Tuesday of each month from September - May.

Books: Hercules Fights the Nemean Lion by Gary Jeffrey and Classical Myths by Gerrie McCall and Lisa Regan
Ages: Third Grade - Fifth Grade
Registration: Registration is required no later than three days before the event. Please register online, in person, or call the library at 717-766-0171.

Looking for grades K-2? Click here!

 

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Watch the Skies March

This month the Sci-Fi book club will be reading the 2020 Longwood Gardens Community Read, Semiosis by Sue Burke.
 
In Semiosis, debut author Sue Burke’s character-driven book of first contact, human survival hinges on a bizarre alliance. Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet’s sentient species and prove that mammals are more than tools. Forced to land on a planet they aren't prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited  resources to survive. The planet provides a lush but inexplicable landscape - trees offer edible, addictive fruit one day and poison the next, while the ruins of an alien race are found entwined in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations arise as they struggle to understand one another and grapple with an unknowable alien intellect.

Registration is not required, and new members are welcome! If you are interested in learning more, please contact Joelene at jdiana@ccpa.net or the group directly at observers@watchtheskies.org

 

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Thursday Morning Book Club

Join us in discussing Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon on Thursday, March 19 at 10:00 am.

Alex Meier, a young Jewish writer, fled the Nazis for America before the war. But the politics of his youth have now put him in the crosshairs of the McCarthy witch-hunts. Faced with deportation and the loss of his family, he makes a desperate bargain with the fledgling CIA: he will earn his way back to America by acting as their agent in his native Berlin. But almost from the start things go fatally wrong. A kidnapping misfires, an East German agent is killed, and Alex finds himself a wanted man. Worse, he discovers his real assignment—to spy on the woman he left behind, the only woman he has ever loved. Changing sides in Berlin is as easy as crossing a sector border. But where do we draw the lines of our moral boundaries?

The Thursday Morning Book Club meets in the tutoring rooms on the Upper Level. Registration is not required, and new members are welcome! If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Joelene at jdiana@ccpa.net.

 

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The Teen Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

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Photo of vintage books2nd and 4th Wednesdays through May 2020
Wednesday, March 11th and March 25th 10:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Library Meeting Room
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 Meeting Room of the New Cumberland Public Library.  
The Wednesday Great Books Group is using Great Conversations 1 and Modern American Poetry for September 2019 to January 2020’s book discussions. A list of readings for the year is available in the library.  Come and share your thoughts. 
No fees, prerequisites, regular attendance, or registration are required. Contact: Dan Tepsic, 774-0719

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man reading a bookJoin the Just Mysteries Book Group as they discuss The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva.

The Just Mysteries book group meets the fourth Friday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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We'll talk about Lost Boy Found by Kirsten Alexander.  Copies are available at the library front desk.  Everyone is welcome!

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moving041:00 pm – 2:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level
Join us for Moving Forward, a book discussion series geared towards those who have suffered a loss or tragedy and could use an infusion of hope. In cooperation with Hospice of Central PA, we will be reading books focusing on the redemptive power of the human spirit. For April’s choice, American master George Saunders delivers his most original, transcendent, and moving work yet. Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, Lincoln in the Bardo is a literary experience unlike any other. You must have read or listened to the book to attend. Registration begins February 1. Ages 18 and older, please.

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We'll discuss The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch.  All are welcome!

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person reading a bookJoin the Monday Night Book Group as they discuss Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

The Monday book group meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm.

 

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classics0410:00 am - 11:00 am in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level
Curl up with the Classics with our daytime book discussions. Dickens’ story of Oliver Twist - orphaned, and set upon by evil and adversity from his first breath - shocked readers when it was published. How did it make you feel? Registration begins February 1. This program is part of the Daytime Academy made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for lifelong learning.

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woman reading a bookJoin the Wicked Wednesday Book Group as they discuss Educated by Tara Westover.

The Wicked Wednesday book group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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Mad About Mysteries AprilJoin our book discussion of Raven Black by Ann Cleaves on Wednesday, April 8 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.

It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter’s eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man---loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when detective Jimmy Perez and his colleagues from the mainland insist on opening out the investigation, a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine’s neighbors nervously lock their doors, while a killer lives on in their midst.

The Mad About Mysteries Book Club is held in the Tutoring Rooms on the Upper Level.

Registration is not required, and new members are welcome! For more information please contact Joelene at jdiana@ccpa.net.

 

 

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Thursday Morning Book Club April

Join us in discussing Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman on Thursday, April 16 at 10:00 am.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City on the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

This book club meets in the Tutoring rooms on the Upper Level. Registration is not required, and new members are welcome! If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Joelene at jdiana@ccpa.net.

 

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Monday Night Book Club April

Join us in discussing There There by Tommy Orange on Monday, April 20 at 7:00 pm. This book was the One Book, One Philadelphia choice for 2020, and it won numerous national awards in 2019.

As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.

This book club meets in the Tutoring rooms on the Upper Level. Registration is not required, and new members are welcome! If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Joelene at jdiana@ccpa.net.

 

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Homeschool Book Discussion ClubRead the fiction and nonfiction books listed below and be prepared to discuss them with the other members of the club. 

Books: Absolutely Not by Matthew McElligot and I See a Bird by Alex Appleby
Ages: Kindergarten - Second Grade

Registration: Registration is required no later than three days before the event. Please register online, in person, or call the library at 717-766-0171.

 

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Homeschool Book Discussion ClubRead the fiction and nonfiction books listed below and be prepared to discuss them with the other members of the club. 

Books: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Plant Life by Jean F. Blashfield
Ages: Third Grade - Fifth Grade
Registration: Registration is required no later than three days before the event. Please register online, in person, or call the library at 717-766-0171. 

 

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man reading a bookJoin the Just Mysteries Book Group as they discuss Metropolis by Phillip Kerr.

The Just Mysteries book group meets the fourth Friday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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SemiosisWe'll talk about the 2020 Longwood Gardens Community Read selection, Semiosis by Sue Burke.  All participants are entered in a drawing for free Longwood Gardens tickets!

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We'll discuss the 2020 "One Book One Community" choice, Heartland by Sarah Smarsh.  All are welcome!

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person reading a bookJoin the Monday Night Book Group as they discuss Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac.

The Monday book group meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm.

 

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sleep10:00 am - 11:00 am in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level
Curl up with the Classics with our daytime book discussions. Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid....He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. Registration begins February 1. This program is part of the Daytime Academy made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for lifelong learning.

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moving051:00 pm – 2:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level
Join us for Moving Forward, a book discussion series geared towards those who have suffered a loss or tragedy and could use an infusion of hope. In cooperation with Hospice of Central PA, we will be reading books focusing on the redemptive power of the human spirit. For May’s choice, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. You must have read or listened to the book to attend. Registration begins February 1. Ages 18 and older, please.

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woman reading a bookJoin the Wicked Wednesday Book Group as they discuss Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Wicked Wednesday book group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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man reading a bookJoin the Just Mysteries Book Group as they discuss Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen.

The Just Mysteries book group meets the fourth Friday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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person reading a bookJoin the Monday Night Book Group as they discuss Caledonia by Sherry Ostroff. The author will be attending this meeting.

The Monday book group meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm.

 

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woman reading a bookJoin the Wicked Wednesday Book Group as they discuss There, There by Tommy Orange.

The Wicked Wednesday book group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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man reading a bookJoin the Just Mysteries Book Group as they discuss Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica.

The Just Mysteries book group meets the fourth Friday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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Everyone is welcome!

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woman reading a bookJoin the Wicked Wednesday Book Group as they discuss There, There by Tommy Orange.

The Wicked Wednesday book group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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man reading a bookJoin the Just Mysteries Book Group as they discuss A Medal for Murder by Frances Brody.

The Just Mysteries book group meets the fourth Friday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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Everyone is welcome!

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woman reading a bookJoin the Wicked Wednesday Book Group as they discuss Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle.

The Wicked Wednesday book group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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man reading a bookJoin the Just Mysteries Book Group as they discuss The Institute by Stephen King.

The Just Mysteries book group meets the fourth Friday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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Everyone is welcome!

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woman reading a bookJoin the Wicked Wednesday Book Group as they discuss The Library Book by Susan Orlean.

The Wicked Wednesday book group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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person reading a bookJoin the Monday Night Book Group as they discuss Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.

The Monday book group meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm.

 

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man reading a bookJoin the Just Mysteries Book Group as they discuss The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber.

The Just Mysteries book group meets the fourth Friday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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Everyone is welcome!

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person reading a bookJoin the Monday Night Book Group as they discuss The Library Book by Susan Orlean.

The Monday book group meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm.

 

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woman reading a bookJoin the Wicked Wednesday Book Group as they discuss Miracle Creek by Angie Kim.

The Wicked Wednesday book group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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man reading a bookJoin the Just Mysteries Book Group as they discuss Nothing Ventured by Jeffrey Archer.

The Just Mysteries book group meets the fourth Friday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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Everyone is welcome!

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person reading a bookJoin the Monday Night Book Group as they discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

The Monday book group meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm.

 

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woman reading a bookJoin the Wicked Wednesday Book Group as they discuss The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes.

The Wicked Wednesday book group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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man reading a bookJoin the Just Mysteries Book Group as they discuss A Fatal Inquiry by Will Thomas.

The Just Mysteries book group meets the fourth Friday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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Everyone is welcome!

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person reading a bookJoin the Monday Night Book Group as they discuss Clementine by Sonia Purnell.

The Monday book group meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm.

 

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woman reading a bookJoin the Wicked Wednesday Book Group as they discuss Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson.

The Wicked Wednesday book group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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man reading a bookJoin the Just Mysteries Book Group as they discuss Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen.

The Just Mysteries book group meets the fourth Friday of each month at 1:00pm.

 

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