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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 Fictiondoes 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:

Tuesday August 26, 2014
7:00 PMPolitical Issues Book Club
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions. Scientists are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us.

In The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert, two-time National Magazine Award winner, draws on the work of researchers in several disciplines: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, and marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef.

Kolbert introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamanian golden frog and staghorn coral. She provides a moving account of the disappearances and traces the evolution of extinction as concept. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, and as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

Go to http://elizabethkolbert.com/ for more info.
7:00 PMScience Fiction Book Club
The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

In the year 2301, the wealthiest man in the universe is determined to commit murder in a world in which telepaths are used to detect possible crimes before they can happen. Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man won the first Hugo Award, and Isaac Asimov called it “one of the all-time classics of science fiction.” In 1987, The Demolished Man placed 18th in the Locus Poll Award for All-Time Best Science Fiction Novel.
Thursday August 28, 2014
7:00 PMGood Reads Book Club ~ The Classics
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Young orphan Pip is given a chance to rise from his humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor. Moving through London's class-based world as a gentleman, Pip uses his new found position to pursue the beautiful Estella, a spoiled heiress he's loved since childhood. Yet the shocking truth behind his great fortune will have devastating consequences for everything he holds dear.

One of Dickens's greatest novels, Great Expectations is also one of his most autobiographical stories, as the young protagonist Pip escapes from his troubled childhood experiences to learn for himself the perils of love, the dangers of wealth, and how to sort his friends from his enemies.