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Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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Malala Yousafzai
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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world. Read more about Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

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

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Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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Tom Reiss
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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

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. Father to the well-known novelist and clear inspiration for The Count of Monte Cristo, as well as the adventurous spirit of The Three Musketeers and other stories, Dumas (1762–1806) rose through the ranks of the French army from a lowly private in the dragoons to become a respected general who marched into Egypt at Napoleon’s side. (The rivalry and juxtaposition between these two leaders proves fascinating.) Born in what is now Haiti to a French nobleman father and a slave mother, the biracial Dumas chanced to come of age during the French Revolution, a brief period of equality in the French empire; he was thus granted numerous opportunities that the son of a slave 20 years before him (or even 20 years later) would not have enjoyed. Reiss capitalizes on his subject’s charged personality as well as the revolutionary times in which he lived to create an exciting narrative. Agent: Tina Bennett, Janklow & Nesbit. (Sept.) Read more about Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

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Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- The Alchemist

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Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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9780061122415
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Paulo Coelho
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The Alchemist

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. The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams. Read more about Lovers of Lit Book Discussion-- The Alchemist

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

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Tom Reiss
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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

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. Father to the well-known novelist and clear inspiration for The Count of Monte Cristo, as well as the adventurous spirit of The Three Musketeers and other stories, Dumas (1762–1806) rose through the ranks of the French army from a lowly private in the dragoons to become a respected general who marched into Egypt at Napoleon’s side. (The rivalry and juxtaposition between these two leaders proves fascinating.) Born in what is now Haiti to a French nobleman father and a slave mother, the biracial Dumas chanced to come of age during the French Revolution, a brief period of equality in the French empire; he was thus granted numerous opportunities that the son of a slave 20 years before him (or even 20 years later) would not have enjoyed. Reiss capitalizes on his subject’s charged personality as well as the revolutionary times in which he lived to create an exciting narrative. Agent: Tina Bennett, Janklow & Nesbit. (Sept.) Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion-- The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

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Movers and Shakers: History Makers-- Courageous and Faithful

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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Each Monday in February we will present a biographical and art series based on renowned African-Americans that have influenced today's Black culture and American society.

This volume focuses on possessing the courage to fight for your dreams. Through a series of real-life stories and experiences, this documentary illustrates the great courage of African-Americans.

The program is composed of the personal stories of African-American icons that embody the meaning of the word courage and faith.  Some of those include: Nikki Giovanni, Terry McMillan, B.B. King, Harry Belafonte, Angela Davis, Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint, Ruby Dee, Rev. Al Sharpton, Kim Fields, Susan L. Taylor to name a few.

Light refreshments will be served. Read more about Movers and Shakers: History Makers-- Courageous and Faithful

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Movers and Shakers: Bob Marley

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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Each Monday in February we will present a biographical and art series based on renowned African-Americans that have influenced today's Black culture and American society.

“Live for yourself and you will live in vain. Live for others, and you will live again.” -- Bob Marley

Come and learn more about this intriguing individual that advocated social change all the while making music to sing and dance to. Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. This documentary is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

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Homework Help

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Repeats every week until Thu Dec 05 2013 except Thu Nov 28 2013.
Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
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Homework Help

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Repeats every week until Tue Dec 03 2013 except Tue Nov 26 2013.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
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Lovers of Lit BookClub Discussion

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Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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Megan Abbott
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Bury Me Deep

In October 1931, a station agent found two large trunks abandoned in Los Angeles’s Southern Pacific Station. What he found inside ignited one of the most scandalous tabloid sensations of the decade.

Inspired by this notorious true crime, Edgar®-winning author Megan Abbott’s novel Bury Me Deep is the story of Marion Seeley, a young woman abandoned in Phoenix by her doctor husband. At the medical clinic where she finds a job, Marion becomes fast friends with Louise, a vivacious nurse, and her roommate, Ginny, a tubercular blonde. Before long, the demure Marion is swept up in the exuberant life of the girls, who supplement their scant income by entertaining the town’s most powerful men with wild parties. At one of these events, Marion meets—and falls hard for—the charming Joe Lanigan, a local rogue and politician on the rise, whose ties to all three women bring events to a dangerous collision.

A story born of Jazz Age decadence and Depression-era desperation, Bury Me Deep—with its hothouse of jealousy, illicit sex and shifting loyalties—is a timeless portrait of the dark side of desire and the glimmer of redemption. Read more about Lovers of Lit BookClub Discussion

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Baby Proof Your House!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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Learn how to baby-proof your house room by room! Read more about Baby Proof Your House!

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