Book Club Meetings

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Oprah Book Club selection about a vanished China and one family’s shifting fortunes.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can't solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father-a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse-named them after the Bard's heroines. It's a lot to live up to.

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

What's happening in Acker's Gap, West Virginia? Three elderly men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Still, it happened so fast, and no one seems to have gotten a good look at the shooter.  Was it random? Was it connected to the spate of drug violence plaguing poor areas of the country just like Acker's Gap? Or were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted somehow?

Eleanor E. Murphy Book Club: Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer. In the end, she was the one who caught him…and tortured him…and then let him go. Why did Gretchen spare Archie’s life and then turn herself in? This is the question that keeps him up all night—and the reason why he has visited Gretchen in prison every week since.

The X Factor Book Club

Are you a 3rd - 5th grader who's always looking for the next great read?

Join us at Madison Public Library's first book club aimed at advanced Juvi readers. On Thursday, January 16th @ 4pm, we'll meet to discuss some of our favorite books and decide which books to read together next! Bring ideas and books, and we'll provide the snacks! Read more »

YA Book Club at Madison

Madison's YA Book Club will meet Thursday, January 16th at 5:00 pm in the YA room to review and discuss its first book, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. Come out to discuss Bod's adventures, Gaiman's writing style, and the many dead and undead characters. Snacks will be provided. No RSVP is required. Any questions, ask for Doom at 256-461-0046.


Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Alex Dumas, an extraordinary man whose sensational life had been largely lost to history solely because of his race, takes the spotlight in this dynamic tale. Thanks to Reiss’s excellent research, combined with the passionate memorial his son, Alexandre Dumas, consistently built in his own novels and memoir, Dumas’s life has been brought back to light.

Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- The Alchemist

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come.

Knitting Between the Lines: The October List

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join us at the Bailey Cove Library for a fun and entirely casual hour of knitting and conversation. We will meet each month on the 2nd Thurs at noon as a “lunch bunch” group. Bring your lunch, your knitting or crochet, and your sense of humor! Knitting needles, yarn, and encouragement will be provided for beginners. This month, we will discuss "The October List" by Jeffery Deaver.

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