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Join a Book Club!
The Livermore Public Library currently hosts four bookclubs:
- The Science Fiction Book Club, Livermore Public Library’s newest book discussion group, provides something for everyone, regardless of whether you are a fan of hard science fiction, epic fantasy, or something in between.
- The We're Talkin' Books! Club is 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.
- The 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.
- The Good Reads Book Club – Novels of Other Worlds (formerly American Heroines in Fiction) does not meet over the summer, but returns every fall with more great reading adventures!
The book clubs are run by library volunteers and new members are always welcome.
Future Book Club Meetings:
|7:30 PM||Science Fiction Book Club|
The Ship Finder by John G. Bluck
In April 2061 Dr. William Wilson meets Richard Raven, a wounded extraterrestrial, in a Northern California park. A "ship finder," which resembles a pocket watch, leads them to Raven’s ship and his planet, Sunev, a place of advanced technology and strange weapons. On Sunev, Dr. Wilson encounters beautiful extraterrestrial women and learns about the extraordinary medicine that has enabled the inhabitants of the planet to enjoy greatly extended lives. But as Dr. Wilson learns more about Sunevian society, he begins to question its values and its government.
|7:00 PM||Political Issues Book Club|
The Smartest Kids in the Room: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
How do other countries create smarter kids? In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy.
Author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embedded in these countries for one year. Kim, fifteen, raises $10,000 so she can move from Oklahoma to Finland; Eric, eighteen, exchanges a Minnesota suburb for a booming city in South Korea; and Tom, seventeen, leaves a Pennsylvania village for Poland. A journalistic tour de force, The Smartest Kids in the World is a book about building resilience in a new world--as told by the young Americans who have the most at stake.
|7:00 PM||Good Reads Book Club|
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini's third novel follows a close-knit but oft-separated Afghan family through love, wars, and losses more painful than death. Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, and honor one another, and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us.
Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices around the globe--from Kabul to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos--the story expands gradually, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.
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