Madison Library meeting room

After opening the external doors of the library, the meeting room is located on your right.

PageTurners: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down explores the clash between the Merced Community Medical Center in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy. Lia's parents and her doctors both wanted what was best for Lia, but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy.

PageTurners Book Club - The Tipping Point

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas, behavior, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease. These are social epidemics, and the moment they take off, they reach their critical mass, or, the Tipping Point. Gladwell introduces us to the particular personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends and the people who create the phenomenon of the word of mouth.

PageTurners: Nickel and Dimed

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Determined to find out how anyone could make ends meet on $7 an hour, Ehrenreich left behind her middle class life as a journalist except for $1000 in start-up funds, a car and her laptop computer to try to sustain herself as a low-skilled worker for a month at a time.

PageTurners: Manhunt: the 12 Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history - the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

PageTurners: Blink

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Gladwell, a staff writer for The New Yorker, weighs the factors that determine good decision-making. Drawing on recent cognitive research, Gladwell concludes that those who quickly filter out extraneous information generally make better decisions than those who discount their first impressions.

PageTurners: Fire Lover

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

From the acclaimed bestselling author of The Onion Field comes the extraordinary true story of a California arson investigator and fire captain who was also, according to government profilers, the most prolific American arsonist of the 20th century.

PageTurners: Ghost Map

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

It is the summer of 1854. Cholera has seized London with unprecedented intensity. A metropolis of more than 2 million people, London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure necessary to support its dense population - garbage removal, clean water, sewers - the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease that no one knows how to cure.

PageTurners: Infidel

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

In this memoir from the internationally renowned author of The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her astonishing life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, to her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in the West. She recounts the evolution of her beliefs, her ironclad will, and her extraordinary resolve to fight injustice done in the name of religion.

PageTurners: Bringing Down the House

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Welcome to the world of a group of audacious MIT math geniuses who legally took the Las Vegas casinos for over three million dollars -- and still found time for keg parties, football games, and final exams. The students were handpicked for a decades-old underground blackjack club dedicated to beating the system. While classmates worked long hours in labs and libraries, they traveled to gambling locales with hundreds of thousands of dollars from shady investors taped to their bodies.

Literary Giants: The Color Purple

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, February 27, 2006 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Winner of the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, this unforgettable portrait of a young black girl, her friends, family, and lovers is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life. Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her.

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