East Granby Public Library


Adult | Teen | Children

Tuesday April 30, 2024
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual Book Club

  The virtual book club meets via Zoom the last Tuesday of the month at 4pm.

  Meeting, April 30th.

  Title: Once Upon a Tome by Oliver Darkshire

National Bestseller

Some years ago, Oliver Darkshire stepped into the hushed interior of Henry Sotheran Ltd (est. 1761) to apply for a job. Allured by the smell of old books and the temptation of a management-approved afternoon nap, Darkshire was soon unteetering stacks of first editions and placating the store’s resident ghost (the late Mr. Sotheran, hit by a tram).

A novice in this ancient, potentially haunted establishment, Darkshire describes Sotheran’s brushes with history (Dickens, the Titanic), its joyous disorganization, and the unspoken rules of its gleefully old-fashioned staff, whose mere glance may cause the computer to burst into flames. As Darkshire gains confidence and experience, he shares trivia about ancient editions and explores the strange space that books occupy in our lives—where old books often have strong sentimental value, but rarely a commercial one.

CONTACT: Monique Gerken  860-653-3002  Moniqueg@egpl.org
LOCATION: Virtual - Zoom
The registration period has ended.

  The virtual book club meets via Zoom the last Tuesday of the month at 4pm.

  Meeting, April 30th.

  Title: Once Upon a Tome by Oliver Darkshire

National Bestseller

Some years ago, Oliver Darkshire stepped into the hushed interior of Henry Sotheran Ltd (est. 1761) to apply for a job. Allured by the smell of old books and the temptation of a management-approved afternoon nap, Darkshire was soon unteetering stacks of first editions and placating the store’s resident ghost (the late Mr. Sotheran, hit by a tram).

A novice in this ancient, potentially haunted establishment, Darkshire describes Sotheran’s brushes with history (Dickens, the Titanic), its joyous disorganization, and the unspoken rules of its gleefully old-fashioned staff, whose mere glance may cause the computer to burst into flames. As Darkshire gains confidence and experience, he shares trivia about ancient editions and explores the strange space that books occupy in our lives—where old books often have strong sentimental value, but rarely a commercial one.

CONTACT:
  Monique Gerken
  860.653.3002
   Moniqueg@egpl.org

LOCATION: Virtual - Zoom

The registration period has ended.

Monday May 13, 2024
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
In-Person Book Club

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, May 13th, 2024

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But violence and death aren't the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the U.S. is there at all.
 

CONTACT: Monique Gerken  860-653-3002  Moniqueg@egpl.org
LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room
There are 18 spaces available.

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, May 13th, 2024

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But violence and death aren't the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the U.S. is there at all.
 

CONTACT:
  Monique Gerken
  860.653.3002
   Moniqueg@egpl.org

LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room

There are 18 spaces available.

Tuesday May 28, 2024
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual Book Club

  The virtual book club meets via Zoom the last Tuesday of the month at 4pm.

  Meeting, May 28th.

  Title: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

  STREAM ON APPLE TV

  A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results. 

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show 
Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.  


 

 

 



 

CONTACT: Monique Gerken  860-653-3002  Moniqueg@egpl.org
LOCATION: Virtual - Zoom
The registration period has ended.

  The virtual book club meets via Zoom the last Tuesday of the month at 4pm.

  Meeting, May 28th.

  Title: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

  STREAM ON APPLE TV

  A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results. 

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show 
Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.  


 

 

 



 

CONTACT:
  Monique Gerken
  860.653.3002
   Moniqueg@egpl.org

LOCATION: Virtual - Zoom

The registration period has ended.

Monday June 10, 2024
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
In-Person Book Club

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, June 10th, 2024

Beloved Stars by Toni Morrison


Pulitzer Prize Winner & New York Times Bestseller

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad, yet she is still held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Meanwhile Sethe’s house has long been troubled by the angry, destructive ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Sethe works at beating back the past, but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly in her memory and in the lives of those around her. When a mysterious teenage girl arrives, calling herself Beloved, Sethe’s terrible secret explodes into the present.

Combining the visionary power of legend with the unassailable truth of history, Morrison’s unforgettable novel is one of the great and enduring works of American literature.

CONTACT: Monique Gerken  860-653-3002  Moniqueg@egpl.org
LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room
There are 30 spaces available.

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, June 10th, 2024

Beloved Stars by Toni Morrison


Pulitzer Prize Winner & New York Times Bestseller

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad, yet she is still held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Meanwhile Sethe’s house has long been troubled by the angry, destructive ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Sethe works at beating back the past, but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly in her memory and in the lives of those around her. When a mysterious teenage girl arrives, calling herself Beloved, Sethe’s terrible secret explodes into the present.

Combining the visionary power of legend with the unassailable truth of history, Morrison’s unforgettable novel is one of the great and enduring works of American literature.

CONTACT:
  Monique Gerken
  860.653.3002
   Moniqueg@egpl.org

LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room

There are 30 spaces available.

Monday July 8, 2024
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
In-Person Book Club

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, July 8th, 2024

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

New York Times Bestseller and a major motion picture

This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being A WALLFLOWER

This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that the perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.

Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
 

CONTACT: Monique Gerken  860-653-3002  Moniqueg@egpl.org
LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room
There are 30 spaces available.

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, July 8th, 2024

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

New York Times Bestseller and a major motion picture

This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being A WALLFLOWER

This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that the perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.

Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
 

CONTACT:
  Monique Gerken
  860.653.3002
   Moniqueg@egpl.org

LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room

There are 30 spaces available.

Monday August 12, 2024
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
In-Person Book Club

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, August 12th, 2024

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.

Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.

CONTACT: Monique Gerken  860-653-3002  Moniqueg@egpl.org
LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room
There are 30 spaces available.

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, August 12th, 2024

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.

Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.

CONTACT:
  Monique Gerken
  860.653.3002
   Moniqueg@egpl.org

LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room

There are 30 spaces available.

Monday September 9, 2024
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
In-Person Book Club

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, September 9th, 2024

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award

A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early-twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty to and hope in each other across time, distance, and silence. Through a series of letters spanning nearly thirty years, first from Celie to God, then from the sisters to each other, the novel draws readers into a rich and memorable portrayal of Black women—their pain and struggle, companionship and growth, resilience and bravery.

Deeply compassionate and beautifully imagined, 
The Color Purple breaks the silence around domestic and sexual abuse, and carries readers on an epic and spirit-affirming journey toward transformation, redemption, and love.

CONTACT: Monique Gerken  860-653-3002  Moniqueg@egpl.org
LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room
There are 30 spaces available.

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, September 9th, 2024

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award

A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early-twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty to and hope in each other across time, distance, and silence. Through a series of letters spanning nearly thirty years, first from Celie to God, then from the sisters to each other, the novel draws readers into a rich and memorable portrayal of Black women—their pain and struggle, companionship and growth, resilience and bravery.

Deeply compassionate and beautifully imagined, 
The Color Purple breaks the silence around domestic and sexual abuse, and carries readers on an epic and spirit-affirming journey toward transformation, redemption, and love.

CONTACT:
  Monique Gerken
  860.653.3002
   Moniqueg@egpl.org

LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room

There are 30 spaces available.

Tuesday October 15, 2024
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
In-Person Book Club

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, October 15th, 2024

All American Boy by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

New york Times Bestseller

A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?

There were witnesses: Quinn Collins—a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan—and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team—half of whom are Rashad’s best friends—start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.

CONTACT: Monique Gerken  860-653-3002  Moniqueg@egpl.org
LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, October 15th, 2024

All American Boy by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

New york Times Bestseller

A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?

There were witnesses: Quinn Collins—a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan—and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team—half of whom are Rashad’s best friends—start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.

CONTACT:
  Monique Gerken
  860.653.3002
   Moniqueg@egpl.org

LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room

Monday November 11, 2024
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
In-Person Book Club

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, November 11th, 2024

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez

A Top Ten Most Challenged Book of the Year

"This is East Texas, and there's lines. Lines you cross, lines you don't cross. That clear?" New London, TX. 1937. Naomi Vargas is Mexican American. Wash Fuller is Black. These teens know the town's divisive racism better than anyone. But sometimes the attraction between two people is so powerful it breaks through even the most entrenched color lines. And the consequences can be explosive.
Naomi and Wash dare to defy the rules, and the New London school explosion serves as a ticking time bomb in the background. Can their love survive both prejudice and tragedy?
Race, romance, and family converge in this riveting novel that transplants 
Romeo and Juliet to a bitterly segregated Texas town. Includes a fascinating author's note detailing the process of research and writing about voices that have largely been excluded from historical accounts.
 

CONTACT: Monique Gerken  860-653-3002  Moniqueg@egpl.org
LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room
There are 30 spaces available.

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, November 11th, 2024

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez

A Top Ten Most Challenged Book of the Year

"This is East Texas, and there's lines. Lines you cross, lines you don't cross. That clear?" New London, TX. 1937. Naomi Vargas is Mexican American. Wash Fuller is Black. These teens know the town's divisive racism better than anyone. But sometimes the attraction between two people is so powerful it breaks through even the most entrenched color lines. And the consequences can be explosive.
Naomi and Wash dare to defy the rules, and the New London school explosion serves as a ticking time bomb in the background. Can their love survive both prejudice and tragedy?
Race, romance, and family converge in this riveting novel that transplants 
Romeo and Juliet to a bitterly segregated Texas town. Includes a fascinating author's note detailing the process of research and writing about voices that have largely been excluded from historical accounts.
 

CONTACT:
  Monique Gerken
  860.653.3002
   Moniqueg@egpl.org

LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room

There are 30 spaces available.

Monday December 9, 2024
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
In-Person Book Club

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, December 9th, 2024

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

 #1 New York Times and International Bestseller. Netflix Original Series

You can’t stop the future. 
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

Need to talk? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) anytime if you are in the United States. It’s free and confidential.
 

CONTACT: Monique Gerken  860-653-3002  Moniqueg@egpl.org
LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room
There are 30 spaces available.

In-Person Book Club
The book club meets in person at the East Granby Public Library, conference room, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

Meeting, December 9th, 2024

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

 #1 New York Times and International Bestseller. Netflix Original Series

You can’t stop the future. 
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

Need to talk? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) anytime if you are in the United States. It’s free and confidential.
 

CONTACT:
  Monique Gerken
  860.653.3002
   Moniqueg@egpl.org

LOCATION: East Granby Public Library, Main Conference Room

There are 30 spaces available.


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