Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Montgomery County Memorial Library System! All events are free and open to the public. Registration required where noted.
Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2:00-4:00
Each month we'll read the book and when we meet again, watch the movie and discuss. In March we'll be reading Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy. Join us!
Thursday, Mar. 28, 2:00pm
Join us for a discussion about Barbara Kingsolver's bestselling novel The Lacuna.
It's the 1930s, and while Harrison Shepherd works for Mexican painter Diego Rivera, he's also becoming the confidante of Diego's wife, Frida Kahlo. Later forced to flee to the U.S., Shepherd retells his remarkable story through a series of letters and diary entries.
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2:00-4:00
Each month we'll read the book and when we meet again, watch the movie and discuss. In April we'll be reading A River Runs Through It by Norman MacLean. Join us!
Thursday, Apr. 25, 2:00pm
Thursday, May 23, 2:00pm
Join us for a discussion about In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick.
In 1819, the 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage to hunt whales. Fifteen months later the Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale. Fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, the 20-man crew set out in three small boats for South America, almost 3,000 miles away. Three months later, only eight were left alive. This book shares a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of the whaling tradition, with deep resonance in literature and American history, and in the life of the Nantucket community.
Thursday, May. 23, 2:00pm
Join us for a discussion about The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DeSclafani.
It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age fifteen, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty, and girls' friendships, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a far remove from the free-roaming, dreamlike childhood Thea shared with her twin brother on their family's citrus farm--a world now partially shattered. As Thea grapples with her responsibility for the events of the past year that led her here, she finds herself enmeshed in a new order, one that will change her sense of what is possible for herself, her family, her country.
Tuesday, May. 28, 2:00 - 4:00
Each month we'll read the book and when we meet again, watch the movie and discuss. In April we'll be reading A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman. Join us!
Thursday, Jun. 27, 2:00pm
Join us for a special Summer Reading book club meeting! We will discuss Lily Koppel's nonfiction book, The Astronaut Wives Club.
As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons. Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK's favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a secret. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut WivesClub, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. Many became next-door neighbors and helped to raise each other's children by day, while going to glam parties at night. As their celebrity rose-and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives-they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years. THE ASTRONAUTWIVES CLUB tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.
Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2:00-4:00
Each month we'll read the book and when we meet again, watch the movie and discuss. In July we'll be reading Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk. Join us!
Thursday, Jul. 25, 2:00pm
Join us for a discussion on Suzanne Rindell's The Other Typist.
Working as a typist for the NYC Police Department in 1923, Rose Baker documents confessions of harrowing crimes and struggles with changing gender roles while clinging to her Victorian ideals and searching for nurturing companionship before becoming obsessed with a glamorous newcomer and her world of bobbed hair, smoking and speakeasies.
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2:00pm
Join us for a discussion on J. Ryan Stadal's Kitchens of the Great Midwest.
When Lars Thorvald's wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine--and a dashing sommelier--he's left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He's determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter--starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva's journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that's a testament to her spirit and resilience. Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal's startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, therise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity.
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2:00-4:00
Each month we'll read the book and when we meet again, watch the movie and discuss. In August we'll be reading Small Island by Andrea Levy. Join us!
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2:00-4:00
Each month we'll read the book and when we meet again, watch the movie and discuss. In September we'll be reading Double Indemnity by James M. Cain. Join us!
Thursday, Sep. 26, 2:00pm
Join us for a discussion on Deanna Raybourn's mystery novel, A Curious Beginning.
London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry--and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hat pin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England now gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime. But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he knows of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker--a reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his tantalizing vow to reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2:00-4:00
Each month we'll read the book and when we meet again, watch the movie and discuss. In October we'll be reading The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. Join us!
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2:00pm
This month we will be reading the Gulf Coast Reads pick.
**to be updated when title is announced**
Gulf Coast Reads is an annual regional reading initiative focused on promoting the simultaneous reading or listening to a selected title by those living along the upper Texas Gulf Coast
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2:00-4:00
Each month we'll read the book and when we meet again, watch the movie and discuss. In November we'll be reading From Here to Eternity by James Jones. Join us!
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2:00pm
Join us for an early holiday discussion about Alan Bradley's novel, I am Half-Sick of Shadows.
It's Christmastime, and Flavia de Luce, an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry, is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces' decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern. Amid a raging blizzard, the entire village of Bishop's Lacey gathers at Buckshaw to watch Wyvern perform, yet nobody is prepared for the evening's shocking conclusion: a body found strangled to death with a length of film. But who among the assembled guests would stage such a chilling scene? As the storm worsens and the list of suspects grows, Flavia must ferret out a killer hidden in plain sight.
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2:00-4:00
Each month we'll read the book and when we meet again, watch the movie and discuss. In December we'll be reading Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Join us!