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


Monday, August 26, 2019 · 7:00pm to 9:00pm · Auditorium

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“Discourse 7” by
Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792)
. Reynolds is considered the greatest British portrait painter of the 18th century. As president of the Royal Academy of Arts, Reynolds delivered an address each year at the Annual Academy Award Ceremony. They form the basis of his Discourses. In this month’s selection, Reynolds places the visual arts on the same level as poetry and other liberal arts. He advises visual artists to participate in conversations with learned men. He states, “He can never be a great artist who is grossly illiterate,” and recommends that reading become the “favorite recreation” of an artist’s leisure hours. The piece also contains many opinions on taste and beauty.


Monday, September 23, 2019 · 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm · Auditorium

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“The Lifted Veil,” by
George Eliot (1819–1880)
. George Eliot (neé Mary Ann Evans), perhaps best-known for her novel Middlemarch, offers up in The Lifted Veil a Gothic fantasy about a young clairvoyant, Latimer. Latimer marries his brother’s beautiful widow, Bertha, but his telepathic powers tell him that she really hates him and wishes him dead. Bertha’s maid, Mrs. Archer, confirms this after she herself dies and is revived. Latimer’s travels take him all over Central Europe before his own predicted death on September 20th, 1850. The Lifted Veil is a work of psychological fiction of surpassing power.


Monday, October 28, 2019 · 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm · Auditorium

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"The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg" by Mark Twain (1835–1910).  
Twain tells us his fictional town of Hadleyburg “was the most honest and upright town in all the region around it.” That reputation is challenged when a mysterious visitor arrives at the home of an “old cashier of the bank,” Richards, and leaves a sack of gold with a note. It says that years earlier the man was destitute and a local resident gave him twenty dollars to get back on his feet. The sack of gold is repayment for the kindness. Only thing is, his benefactor has to be found. It sets in motion a chain of events that demonstrates that Hadleyburg isn’t such a moral place after all!

"Kiss Me, Kill Me" Mystery Book Discussion Group


Tuesday, August 20, 2019 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
.  When two seven-year-old girls go missing, all are under suspicion. Calli Clark is a dreamer. A sweet, gentle girl, Callie suffers from selective mutism, brought on by a tragedy she experienced as a toddler. Her mother Antonia tries her best to help, but is confined by marriage to a violent husband. Petra Gregory is Calli's best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli have been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Now Calli and Petra's families are bound by the question of what has happened to their children. As support turns to suspicion, it seems the answers lie trapped in the silence of unspoken secrets..  Registration required. Open to all.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
.  Roger Ackroyd knew too much… the woman he loved had poisoned her first husband, she had been blackmailed and tragically took her own life. The evening post brought Roger one last scrap of information, but before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.  Registration required. Open to all.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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Let Me Go by Chelsea Cain
.  Detective Archie Sheridan knows time is running out. Halloween is near, escaped serial killer Gretchen Lowell is on the loose and a DEA agent has been murdered. Will his only chance be to give his nemesis what she wants?  Registration required. Open to all.

Geeks, Books & Coffee


Monday, August 26, 2019 · 6:00 pm · Station Meeting Room 1, First Floor

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NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
.  Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things : a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it's across Massacusetts or across the country. Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing--and terrifying--playground of amusements he calls "Christmasland." Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble--and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx's unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He's on the road again and he's picked up a new passenger : Vic's own son.  Registration required.  Open to All.


Monday, September 30, 2019 · 6:00 pm · Station Meeting Room 1, First Floor

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The Once and Future King by T. H. White
. A retelling of the saga of King Arthur. Once upon a time, a young boy called "Wart" was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn't possibly imagine. A future in which he would ally himself with the greatest knights, love a legendary queen and unite a country dedicated to chivalrous values.   Registration required.  Open to All.


Monday, October 28, 2019 · 6:00 pm · Station Meeting Room 1, First Floor

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Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
. Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive, Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.    Registration required.  Open to All.


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