Reading is better together at Shreve Memorial Library! The library’s adult book clubs are now meeting in-person, covering a wide variety of book titles for the month of November. Adult participation is encouraged. All book club discussions are open and free to the public. Registration, masks and social distancing are required.
Fiction Book Club meets at Broadmoor Branch on Wednesday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss this month’s book selection, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. The award-winning 2001 bestseller is based on real events in Peru in 1996, when rebels from the leftist Túpac Amaru movement raided a party at a Japanese ambassador's house, taking several civilians hostage. The novel follows the relationships among the group of terrorists and their hostages. The discussion is facilitated by Laura Flett in Study Room A at the branch, located at 1212 Captain Shreve Drive.
Adults are also invited to join a community of readers at Hamilton/South Caddo Branch on Tuesday, November 23 at 5:00 p.m. The Southern Hills Book Club will discuss The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. In a peaceful retirement village, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. The four unlikely friends meet weekly to discuss unsolved crimes. They call themselves “The Thursday Murder Club,” and when a local developer is found dead, they suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. The discussion takes place in the Large Meeting Room at the branch, located at 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop.
The Sistah Circle Book Club at Mooretown Branch meets Saturday, November 27 at 3:45 p.m. The group will discuss the novel Milk in My Coffee by Eric Jerome Dickey. Jordan Greene moves from the Deep South to New York City, and finds more than he ever bargained for when he shares a ride with a vivacious young white girl. A romance grows between the unlikely pair. Love on the other side of the color bar forces him to examine his own values and makes him stand up against what everyone expects him to do. The book discussion takes place in the Meeting Room at the branch, located at 4360 Hollywood Avenue.
Cedar Grove–Line Avenue Branch hosts the Red River Readers Book Club on Monday, November 29. A discussion of Patrick Radden Keefe’s nonfiction book Empire of Pain takes place at 6:00 p.m. The Sackler name adorns the walls of many storied institutions: Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oxford, and the Louvre. They are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations to the arts and sciences. The source of the family fortune was vague, until it emerged that the Sacklers were responsible for making and marketing OxyContin, a blockbuster painkiller that was a catalyst for the opioid crisis. Join the discussion in the Meeting Room at the branch, located at 8303 Line Avenue.
Book clubs at Shreve Memorial Library are free and open to the community. Reading the books beforehand is recommended, but not required. To register for a book club meeting, please call or visit the branch in person.