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, 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 Lily Koppel's 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 Wives Club, 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 the country raced to land a man on the Moon.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 ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.
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, The Library Book by Susan Orlean.
Summary: Susan Orlean reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution--our libraries.
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 Adult Book Club discussion of The Other Typist by Susan Rindell.
Summary: 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.
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!
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2:00pm
Join us for a Holiday edition of the Adult Book Club. This month we will be reading The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans.
Summary: Lonely divorcee Elise Dutton accepts a man's proposition to pretend for eight weeks--until the evening of December 24-- to be a couple. As the charade progresses, the safety of her fake relationship begins to mend her badly broken heart. But just as she begins to find joy again, her long-held secret threatens to unravel the emerging relationship. But she might not be the only one with secrets.