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GreatBooksA dynamic, liberal arts education, for free at the public library!  Huntington Public Library's Great Books Reading and Discussion Group meets once a month to discuss works from a curriculum designed and published by the Great Books Foundation, an independent, nonprofit educational organization established in 1947 by University of Chicago educators Robert Maynard Hutchins and Mortimer Adler. Its mission is “to empower readers of all ages to become more reflective and responsible thinkers.”  To register, please use the program code HMA302.  For more information, contact Tom Cohn at .

Upcoming Great Book Discussions

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Monday, August 28, 2017 · 7:00pm to 9:00pm · Auditorium

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“The Smallest Woman in the World”,” by
Clarice Lispector (1920-1977)
.  Marcel Pretre, a French explorer “in the depths of equatorial Africa,” comes upon a pygmy woman who is 17 inches tall, and pregnant. He dubs her “Little Flower,” though is abashed at how she scratches herself. His photograph of Little Flower is published in the Sunday newspaper supplements and elicits a variety of reactions from readers. “The Smallest Woman in the World” is one of the best-known stories by Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. Julia Alvarez has written of it, “Everyone who reads this story knows he or she is Little Flower.” Come on the 28th to discuss this, and more!

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Monday, September 25, 2017 · 7:00pm to 9:00pm · Auditorium

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“Lava Cameo” by
Eavan Boland (1944 - )
. One of the most widely read modern Irish poets, Boland’s autobiographical essay “Lava Cameo” relates how she found a voice to talk about her search for her family’s past. Her quest leads her to a “lava cameo,” an unusual and fashionable brooch. “The way to the past is never smooth,” Boland writes.

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Monday, October 23, 2017 · 7:00pm to 9:00pm · Auditorium

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“The Things They Carried” by
Tim O’Brien (1946 - ) 
. Drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam-War era, O’Brien served a 13-month tour of duty despite having opposed the war. After returning home, he wrote a collection of short stories, “The Things They Carried,” based on his experiences. This month’s selection is the title story, in which O’Brien describes a mission undertaken by a platoon and the weight – physical and psychological -- borne by these soldiers.





"Kiss Me, Kill Me" Mystery Book Discussion Group

A Simple Plan

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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A Simple Plan by Scott B. Smith
.  Three friends stumble upon the wreckage of a plane – the pilot is dead and his duffle bag contains four million dollars in cash. In order to keep the fortune they all agree to a simple[?] plan, that devolves into an uncontrollable, gruesome nightmare..  Registration required. Open to all.

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Tuesday, October 17, With Special Guest...Author Reed Farrel Coleman! · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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Where it Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman
.   A retired Suffolk County cop, Gus Murphy thought he had it all: a great marriage, two kids, a nice house, & the rest of his life ahead of him. When tragedy strikes, he loses everything in a single shatteringA retired Suffolk County cop, Gus Murphy thought he had it all: a great marriage, two kids, a nice house, & the rest of his life ahead of him. When tragedy strikes, he loses everything in a single shatteringmoment. Now working as a courtesy van driver, Gus reluctantly agrees to help an ex-con solve a family member’s murder. Don’t miss this special event and a fabulous Q&A with author Reed Farrel Coleman...have your questions ready!   Registration required. Open to all.

Geeks, Books & Coffee

A Simple Plan

Monday, September 25, 2017 · 6:00 pm · Station Small Meeting Room

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IT by Stephen King
. Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.  Registration required.  HPL cardholders only.

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Monday, October 30, 2017· 6:00 pm · Station Small Meeting Room

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The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski
.   A series of fantasy short stories (collected in two books, except for two stories) and five novels about the witcher Geralt of Rivia. The books have been adapted into a movie and television series (The Hexer), a video game series (The Witcher), a comic book and others. The novel series (excluding the short stories) is also called the Witcher Saga (Polish: saga o wied?minie) or the Blood of the Elves saga.!   Registration required.  HPL cardholders only.

 

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