Eleanor Murphy Branch meeting room

Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Location: Main Library
Date: Monday, January 17, 2011 (All day)

All branches will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2011 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Cape Ann

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

The Cape Ann is the name on the plans of the house that Lark Ann Ehrhart and her mother plan to build some day. It is the place to which six-year-old Lark escapes in daydreams when her parents begin to argue, the home that her mother dreams offar from the rooms in the train depot where they live and Lark's father works. Ultimately it symbolizes escape from Harvester, Minn., and independence from the husband and father whose gambling repeatedly sabotages their dream. Lark narrates the adult events of Harvester's Catholic culture without always understanding them.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

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.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Lace Reader

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

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.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: The Help

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

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.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Cold Sassy Tree

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

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.

Tuesday Tales

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Each Tuesday, join Miss Amy for Tuesday Tales. The adventure will include stories, songs, and crafts and is best for children ages 3-5 years old.

Becky Thatcher Tea Party

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Becky Thatcher Tea Party is for ages 5-8 and will generate excitement for the characters in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Attendees will enjoy a real tea service with an etiquette coach to provide tips on the proper behavior at the table.

Closed for Easter

Location: Main Library
Date: Sunday, April 4, 2010 (All day)

All branches closed for Easter.

Becky Thatcher Tea Party

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Becky Thatcher Tea Party is for ages 5-8 and will generate excitement for the characters in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Attendees will enjoy a real tea service with an etiquette coach to provide tips on the proper behavior at the table.This event is part of The Big Read.

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