American History Book Club

Monday, May 22, at 6 p.m.

Cover photo of "Playing With Fire: the 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics" by Lawrence O'Donnell.

O'Donnell, of MSNBC, has written a narrative about one of the most consequential events in modern American history:  the presidential election of 1968.  The nation was being torn apart by Vietnam War protests and the Civil Rights Movement.  Violence erupted on campuses and the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.  The cast of characters includes LBJ, RFK, MLK, Hubert Humphrey, and Richard Nixon.

Copies of the book will be available at the front desk.

Adult Services Librarian Tim Symington facilitates the American HIstory Book Club.


Classics Book Club

Wednesday, May 31, at 6 p.m.

"A Passage to India" by E.M. Forster.

When Adela Quested and her elderly companion Mrs Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced "Anglo-Indian" community. Determined to escape the parochial English enclave and explore the "real India," they seek the guidance of the charming and mercurial Dr Aziz, a cultivated Indian Muslim. But a mysterious incident occurs while they are exploring the Marabar caves with Aziz, and the well-respected doctor soon finds himself at the centre of a scandal.

Led by Jessica Magill. For questions, contact Jessica:


Booked for Lunch

Tuesday, June 13, at noon

Cover of "Brooklyn" by Colm Toibin,

Hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking, Colm Tóibín's sixth novel, "Brooklyn," is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.

Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk.

The Booked for Lunch discussion group is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball


Evening Book Discussion

Wednesday, June 21, at 7 p.m.

What are you reading now?

This month's session will be devoted to a discussion of the books we are reading.

The Evening Book Discussion is facilitated by Assistant Library Director Mary Bell.


American History Book Club

Monday, June 26, at 6 p.m.

Cover of "Meet you in hell : Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the bitter partnership that transformed America""Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Transformed America" by Les Standiford.

"Meet you in Hell" were the last words that Andrew Carnegie heard from his former partner, Henry Clay Frick.  Les Standiford's book tells the story of the relationship between these two men, the steel empire they created, and the events of the Homestead Strike of 1892.

Contact Tim Symington, 413-596-6141 X152,


Classics Book Club

Wednesday, June 28, at 6 p.m.

"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte.

At the center of this novel is the passionate love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, recounted with such emotional intensity that a plain tale of the Yorkshire moors acquires the depth and simplicity of ancient tragedy.

Led by Jessica Magill. For questions, contact Jessica:


Classics Book Club

Wednesday, July 26, at 6 p.m.

"Middlemarch" by George Elliot.

"Middlemarch" explores nearly every subject of concern to modern life: art, religion, science, politics, self, society, human relationships. Among Elliot's characters are some of the most remarkable portraits in English literature: Dorothea Brooke, the heroine, idealistic but naive; Rosamond Vincy, beautiful and egoistic: Edward Casaubon, the dry-as-dust scholar: Tertius Lydgate, the brilliant but morally-flawed physician: the passionate artist Will Ladislaw: and Fred Vincey and Mary Garth, childhood sweethearts whose charming courtship is one of the many humorous elements in the novel's rich comic vein.

Led by Jessica Magill. For questions, contact Jessica: