Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist-books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
The Book Thief is the 2012 Centre County Reads Book.
A million-plus-copy best seller in Korea-a magnificent English-language debut poised to become an international sensation-this is the stunning, deeply moving story of a family's search for their mother, who goes missing one afternoon amid the crowds of the Seoul Station subway.more info
Join us for a discussion of this book on Tuesday, May 22 at 2:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.
Armand Gamache has come not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society--where an obsessive historian's quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder.
Tuesday, January 17, 6:30 p.m. Sun Room
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio introduces Evelyn Ryan, an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the "contest era" of the 1950s and 1960s. Evelyn's winning ways defied the church, her alcoholic husband, and antiquated views of housewives. To her, flouting convention was a small price to pay when it came to raising her six sons and four daughters.
Join us for a discussion of this book on Tuesday, January 24 at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room.
Announcing the 2012 Centre County Reads selection: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This award-winning book has captured the hearts and imaginations of people around the world. We hope you'll read it and discuss it with your Centre County neighbors. Centre County Reads has many exciting events planned for this year including an Indoor Sports Day at the YMCA, a Grim Reaper Writing Contest, and a Skype appearance by author Markus Zusak! Copies of the book are available for checkout at Schlow Library. For more information please visit the Centre County Reads website.
- Are you wondering what the 2012 Centre County Reads book is all about? Check out this book trailer created by Dotty Delafield, Mt. Nittany Middle School's Librarian. For more information about Centre County Reads and the upcoming programs, please visit Centre County Reads' website.more info
If you are a member of a book club or have always wanted to start your own book club, we can help! Schlow Library offers Book Discussion Group Kits that you may use with your group.
Each book club bag holds 6 copies of the same title, information on how to start a book club, as well as questions to get discussions going.
Book Club bags are free to check out and can be kept out for 6 weeks at a time.
We have over 50 book group titles including:
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio introduces Evelyn Ryan, an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the "contest era" of the 1950s and 1960s. Standing up to the church, her alcoholic husband, and antiquated ideas about women, Evelyn turned every financial challenge into an opportunity for innovation, all the while raising her six sons and four daughters with the belief that miracles are an everyday occurrence.
Eating the cake her mother has prepared for her ninth birthday, Rose Edelstein discovers she has a gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the food she prepares. Soon, every bite Rose takes is filled with feelings-not just her mother's but those of other people as well-and what might have been a gift becomes a burden and then, perhaps, a curse.
Join us for a discussion of the particular sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. October 25, 7:30 p.m. Sun Room.