Madison Library meeting room

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

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.

PageTurners: Founding Mothers

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

In the histories of the American Revolution, much has been written about America's founding fathers, yet the wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters who supported, encouraged, and even advised them have been virtually ignored. While the men went off to war or to Congress, the women managed their husbands' businesses, ran the farms, and raised their children. These women who sacrificed for the fledgling nation spent months or even years apart from their husbands, at a time when letters were their only form of contact. 

PageTurners Book Club: Three Cups of Tea

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

One day in 1993, high up in the world's most inhospitable mountains, Greg Mortenson wandered lost and alone, broken in body and spirit, after a failed attempt to climb K2, the world's deadliest peak. When the people of an impoverished village in Pakistan took him in and nursed him back to health, Mortenson made an impulsive promise: He would return one day and build them a school.

PageTurners Book Club: The World Is Flat

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

In this new edition, Thomas L. Friedman includes fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world. Weaving new information into his overall thesis, and answering the questions he has been most frequently asked by parents across the country, this third edition also includes two new chapters--on how to be a political activist and social entrepreneur in a flat world; and on the more troubling question of how to manage our reputations and privacy in a world where we are all becoming publishers and public figures.

PageTurners Book Club: Stiff

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

"Uproariously funny" doesn't seem a likely description for a book on cadavers. However, Roach, a Salon and Reader's Digest columnist, has done the nearly impossible and written a book as informative and respectful as it is irreverent and witty. In her droll, intimate voice, Roach conducts an oddly compelling, often hilarious forensic exploration of the strange lives of bodies postmortem.

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