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Join a Book Club!
The Livermore Public Library currently hosts four bookclubs:
- Science Fiction Book Club Provides something for everyone, regardless of whether you are a fan of hard science fiction, epic fantasy, or something in between.
- We're Talkin' Books! Club A member-centered book group led by a small group of book club veterans, with reading selections based on member recommendations and consensus. Their group-managed webpage has further information.
- Political Issues Book Club Reads books about issues and trends that are driving current affairs in both the national and international arenas. Topics that have been covered include politics, governance, economics, military affairs, history, sociology, science, the climate, and religion. Usually PIBC meet the 4th Tuesday evening of each month.
- Good Reads Book Club ~ Novels of Other Worlds Usually GRBC meet the 4th Thursday evening of each month, but does not meet over the summer. They return every fall through spring with more great reading adventures!
The book clubs are run by library volunteers and new members are always welcome.
Future Book Club Meetings:
|7:00 PM||We’re Talkin’ Books! Club|
Dear Life by Alice Munro
In story after story in this brilliant collection, Alice Munro pinpoints the moment a person is forever altered by a chance encounter, an action not taken, or a simple twist of fate. Her characters are flawed and fully human: a soldier returning from war and avoiding his fiancée, a wealthy woman deciding whether to confront a blackmailer, an adulterous mother and her neglected children, a guilt-ridden father. Illumined by Munro's unflinching insight, these lives draw us in with their quiet depth and surprise us with unexpected turns. And while most are set in her signature territory around Lake Huron, some strike even closer to home: an astonishing suite of four autobiographical tales offers an unprecedented glimpse into Munro's own childhood.
|7:00 PM||Science Fiction Book Club|
Rama Revealed by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee
In the long-awaited conclusion to one of the most heralded science fiction series ever, Clarke and Lee reveal the ultimate Raman plan for humanity. The Hugo and Nebula award-winning Rendezvous with Rama, the bestselling Rama II, and The Garden of Rama were only the prelude to this stunning conclusion to an epic journey. On its mysterious voyage through interstellar space, a massive alien starship carries its passengers to the end of a generations-long odyssey. The great experiment conceived by the Ramans has failed. Rama III, with its carefully designed Earth habitat, as well as environments to house other intelligent species, has become a battleground. Instead of creating a utopia, the human contingent has brought forth a tyrant who seeks to conquer the other sectors of the vast Raman ark.
|7:00 PM||Political Issues Book Club|
The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson
In The Meaning of Human Existence, Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson examines what makes human beings supremely different from all other species. Searching for meaning in what Nietzsche once called "the rainbow colors" around the outer edges of knowledge and imagination, Wilson takes his readers on a journey, in the process bridging science and philosophy to create a twenty-first-century treatise on human existence from our earliest inception to a provocative look at what the future of mankind portends.
|7:00 PM||Good Reads Book Club ~ Books of the British Isles|
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
This enchanting novel tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her unusual family who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Over three turbulent months, she fills three diaries with funny yet poignant entries and manages to find herself hopelessly in love. I Capture the Castle is as brightly witty and adventuresome today as it was when it was first published fifty years ago.
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