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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 Usually the GRBC meets 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||Science Fiction Book Club|
Skyfall by Catherine Asaro
Catherine Asaro exploded onto the sci-fi scene in 1995 with the publication of her acclaimed debut novel, Primary Inversion, which introduced readers to the vast and intricate far-future Saga of the Skolian Empire. In 2002, Asaro won the Nebula Award for Best Novel for The Quantum Rose, the sixth book in her Saga of the Skolian Empire.
Skyfall, the ninth book in the Saga, returns to the re-birth of Skolia, showing how a chance meeting on a backwater planet forged a vast interstellar empire. Kurj, a provincial ruler on a primitive planet, is plagued by inner demons. But when he meets Roca, a beautiful and mysterious woman from the stars, he whisks her away to his mountain retreat, inadvertently starting a great interstellar war, and birthing the next generation of rulers for the Sklolian Empire.
|Thursday October 22, 2015|
|7:00 PM||Good Reads Book Club ~ The Classics|
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
Hank, Leland, Kip and Ronny were all born and raised in the same Wisconsin town and are now coming into their own (or not) as husbands and fathers. One of them never left, and still farms the land that has been tilled for generations by the family. Others did leave and experienced varying degrees of success—one as a rock star, another as a commodities trader, and one as a rodeo stud. Seamlessly woven into their patchwork is Beth, whose presence among them both then and now fuels the kind of passion one comes to expect of lovesongs and rivalries.
|7:00 PM||Political Issues Book Club|
On Care for Our Common Home: The Encyclical Letter Laudato Si' by Pope Francis
Addressed not only to Catholics but to "every person living on this planet," Pope Francis's second encyclical is a call for a "bold cultural revolution" in how we think about technological progress and economic growth. The degradation of our environment, he says, is a symptom of deeper problems: rapid change, unsustainable overconsumption, indifference to the poor, and the decay of social values. He offers a variety of solutions, including a change in lifestyles away from "extreme consumerism" and towards a greater sense of social responsibility. The Pope argues that for Christians, an "ecological spirituality,” one that is grounded in the convictions of our faith, is not "an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience."
|Thursday November 5, 2015|
|7:00 PM||We’re Talkin’ Books! Club|
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
WINNER OF THE 2015 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION
The highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr has written a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. If a book's success can be measured by its ability to move readers and the number of memorable characters it has, Doerr's novel triumphs on both counts. Along the way, he convinces readers that new stories can still be told about this well-trod period, and that war despite its desperation, cruelty, and harrowing moral choices cannot negate the pleasures of the world.
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