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Russell Readers: The Help

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Stockett, Kathryn
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The Help

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone. Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can look like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving book filled with poignancy, humour, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't. Read more about Russell Readers: The Help

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Concert: Jim Cavender & Ivy Joe Milan

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Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Jim Cavender and Ivy Joe Milan will perform in the Main Library Atrium as part of our ongoing Thursday Evening Concert series. Read more about Concert: Jim Cavender & Ivy Joe Milan

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Russell Readers: Twenty Wishes

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Macomber, Debbie
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Twenty Wishes

Anne Marie Roche wants to find happiness again. At thirty-eight, her life's not what she'd expected—she's childless, a recent widow, alone. She owns a successful bookstore on Seattle's Blossom Street, but despite her accomplishments, there's a feeling of emptiness.On Valentine's Day, Anne Marie and several other widows get together to celebrate…what? Hope, possibility, the future. They each begin a list of twenty wishes, things they always wanted to do but never did.Anne Marie's list starts with: Find one good thing about life. It includes learning to knit, doing good for someone else, falling in love again. She begins to act on her wishes, and when she volunteers at a local school, an eight-year-old girl named Ellen enters her life. It's a relationship that becomes far more involving than Anne Marie intended.It also becomes far more important than she ever imagined. As Ellen helps Anne Marie complete her list of twenty wishes, they both learn that wishes can come true—but not necessarily in the way you expect. Read more about Russell Readers: Twenty Wishes

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Russel Readers: Bridge of Sighs

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Russo, Richard
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Bridge of Sighs

Louis Charles ( Lucy ) Lynch has spent his entire life in Thomaston, married for 40 years to his wife, Sarah, and finally living in the rich section of town, thanks to the success of his father's convenience stores. Long planning a trip to Venice, he tries in vain to communicate with the couple's best friend, Bobby Marconi, now a world-famous painter living in Venice. Meanwhile, the irascible ex-pat, now approaching 60 and suffering from night terrors, is still chasing women, engaging in fistfights, and struggling to complete his latest painting. Russo slowly and lovingly pieces together rich, multilayered portraits not only of the principals but also of their families, and, by extension, their quintessentially American town. It is a seamless interweaving of childhood memories (sometimes told from three points of view), tragic incidents (the town river, once the lifeblood of local industry, has become a toxic stew that is poisoning residents), and unforgettable dialogue that is so natural, funny, and touching that it may, perhaps, be the best of Russo's many gifts. Read more about Russel Readers: Bridge of Sighs

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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White, Neil
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In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

Neil White, a journalist and magazine publisher, wanted the best for those he loved-nice cars, beautiful homes, luxurious clothes. He loaned money to family and friends, gave generously to his church, and invested in his community-but his bank account couldn't keep up. Soon White began moving money from one account to another to avoid bouncing checks. His world fell apart when the FBI discovered his scheme and a judge sentenced him to serve eighteen months in a federal prison. But it was no ordinary prison. The beautiful, isolated colony in Carville, Louisiana, was also home to the last people in the continental United States disfigured by leprosy. Hidden away for decades, this small circle of outcasts had forged a tenacious, clandestine community, a fortress to repel the cruelty of the outside world. It is here, in a place rich with history, amid an unlikely mix of leprosy patients, nuns, and criminals, that White's strange and compelling journey begins. He finds a new best friend in Ella Bounds, an eighty-year-old African American double amputee who had contracted leprosy as a child. She and the other secret people, along with a wacky troop of inmates, help White rediscover the value of simplicity, friendship, and gratitude.Funny and poignant, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts is an uplifting memoir that reminds us all what matters most. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Lace Reader

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Barry, Brunonia
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The Lace Reader

When her great-aunt dies, Towner Whitney returns to Salem, Massachusetts, to deal with ghosts, real and imagined, historical and current. With the first sentence, Towner announces herself as an unreliable narrator, and just how unreliable she is remains a mystery through most of the novel. Towner is mourning the death of her beloved twin sister, recovering from surgery, and recovering from shock treatments administered to help her cope with her depression. She belongs to a family of lace readers and is a reluctant seer who also has the ability to read other people's thoughts. Towner longs to leave Salem, but circumstances seem determined to keep her there until both she and the reader can unravel the mystery of her past. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Lace Reader

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Job Corps

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Friday, June 25, 2010 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
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Contact:  Michelle Johnson, (205) 251-2091 Read more about Job Corps

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Help

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Stockett, Kathryn
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The Help

In Kathryn Stockett's stunning fiction debut, The Help, Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone. Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can look like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation, but her new boss has secrets of her own. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a project that will put them all at risk. Why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving book filled with poignancy, humour, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Help

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Cold Sassy Tree

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Friday, July 16, 2010 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Burns, Olive Ann
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Cold Sassy Tree

When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee announces one July morning in 1906 that he's aiming to marry the young and freckledy milliner, Miss Love Simpson - a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward - the news is served up all over town with that afternoon's dinner. Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa's new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience. As the newlyweds' chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his one-armed, renegade grandfather's second adolescence; meanwhile, he does some growing up of his own. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it; he kisses his first girl, and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, resplendent novel - about a romance that rocks an entire town, about a boy's passage through the momentous but elusive year when childhood melts into adolescence, and about just how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century. Inhabited by characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Cold Sassy, Georgia, is the perfect setting for the debut of a storyteller of rare brio, exuberance, and style. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Cold Sassy Tree

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Shady Grove Mobile Home Park

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Repeats every 2 weeks until Fri Jul 30 2010 .
Monday, June 7, 2010 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Monday, June 21, 2010 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Monday, July 5, 2010 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Monday, July 19, 2010 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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