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2021 CPL Book Groups

In accordance with state reopening guidelines, our book groups are transitioning to in-person meetings depending on the requests of group members. These changes will be noted below next to individual groups.

Registration is required. Meeting links will be sent out prior to virtual meetups. For more information and to register, visit cranstonlibrary.org/book-groups or contact the Central Library Reference Desk at central@cranstonlibrary.org. 

 


 Save the Dates! 

Wednesday, September 15 at 6:30 PM - Return of the Midweek Medley Book Group @ Central
For readers who enjoy a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles. Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. 

Monday, September 27 at 3 PM - Return of the Modern Mystery Book Group @ Central
For readers who enjoy contemporary mystery and suspense. Meets on the 4th Monday of the month.

The September selections and registration information for both groups will be announced on this page and when the September book group newsletter goes out in mid-August. Stay tuned!  


BOOK GROUPS @ CENTRAL LIBRARY

GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK GROUP @ CENTRAL
For readers of comic books, graphic novels, and manga

Strange Fruit Vol 1 by Joel Christian GillWednesday, August 4 | 6:30 PM (IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL OPTION)

Strange Fruit Vol. 1 by Joel Christian Gill

This unique graphic anthology offers historical and cultural commentary on nine uncelebrated heroes whose stories are not often found in history books. Written and illustrated by Joel Christian Gill, the diverse art beautifully captures the spirit of each remarkable individual and opens a window into an important part of American history.

This meetup will be available as an in-person event at the Central Library and as a virtual event. A link will be sent out the day before the program, and you are welcome to join however you prefer! Please register using the link below or contact the library for assistance. Books will be available to pick up at the Central Library circulation desk. Questions? Email Dave at davebartos@cranstonlibrary.org

Register for this event online. 


HIDDEN IN THE STACKS BOOK GROUP @ CENTRAL
For readers who enjoy diving into lesser-known literary fiction

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
Tuesday, August 17 | 6:30 PM (IN-PERSON @ CENTRAL)

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
World famous Hollywood legend Hedy Lamarr was as brainy as she was beautiful. In this fictionalized account of her life story, read about her escape from Nazi persecution and her significant contributions to science. This title replaces a previously-announced August Hidden in the Stacks selection.

Click here to register.  

 

 


NONFICTION BOOK GROUP @ CENTRAL
For readers who enjoy general nonfiction


Wednesday, August 11, 2-3:00 PM (IN-PERSON @ CENTRAL)

The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson

 

This is the story of the cholera outbreak in London in 1854 and how a young doctor by the name of John Snow used data and scientific method to determine the cause and refute the old methods of epidemiology.

Click here to register. 


YA FOR ADULTS VIRTUAL BOOK GROUP @ CENTRAL
For readers of young adult literature

Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
Wednesday August 25 | 6:30 PM (VIRTUAL)

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan, but when faced with her brother's betrayal, and driven by a growing love for her brother's friend Fiske, she attempts to unite the two clans

To register for this meetup email Alyssa at ataft@cranstonlibrary.org. 



READING IN THE HALL BOOK DISCUSSION FOR ADULTS @ WILLIAM HALL LIBRARY

Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang
Wednesday, August 25 | 6:30 PM (IN-PERSON @ WILLIAM HALL)

Persuasion by Jane Austen

"At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen's last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, Persuasion is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities." -- from the library catalog

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