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, January 27, 2020 · 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm · Auditorium

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"The Devil Baby at Hull House" by Jane Addams (1860-1935).  
Jane Addams co-founded Hull House in Chicago as part of the Settlement House Movement. At Hull House, recent immigrants were afforded educational and cultural opportunities to smooth their assimilation into American society. In this fascinating and brilliantly written essay, first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1916, Addams relates how a rumor of a “Devil Baby” residing at Hull House swept through the local neighborhood. He had cloven hoofs, pointed ears and a diminutive tail, and spoke as soon as he was born and in a language that was shockingly profane. Addams writes as a sensitive observer. It is her mission to help people, and also to understand them.


Monday, February 24, 2020 · 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm · Auditorium

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“The Man Who Could Work Miracles” by
H.G. Wells (1866-1946)
. George McWhirter Fotheringay is a mild-mannered clerk who asserts the impossibility of miracles until he realizes he has the ability to perform them. He can make a candle burn upside down and a walking stick blossom with roses. Finally, egged on and inspired by a vicar, Mr. Maydig, he performs a massive intervention into Earth’s physical system, with disastrous results. Critic Lela Phillips considers The Man Who Could Work Miracles to be a genuine fantasy classic. H.G. Wells is also the author of hugely popular works such as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds.

"Kiss Me, Kill Me" Mystery Book Discussion Group


Tuesday, December 10, 2019 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
.  No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet, ineffectual husband. Not the pallid, spineless photographer who was her lover. Not even her tremendously fat, eleven-year-old daughter Crie, dubbed "Brie" by her hateful classmates. And certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quecbec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet.  Please Note: This will be a "Pizza & A Book Discussion to Celebrate the Holidays! Discuss the book, while enjoying delicious pizza to celebrate the end of year holidays.  Registration required. Open to all.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George
.  A trip to a wintry island in the English Channel spells peril for forensic scientist Simon St. James and his wife, Deborah, when they discover that the legacy of World War II still haunts the isle’s inhabitants.  Registration required. Open to all.


Tuesday, February 17, 2020 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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Verity by Colleen Hoover
.  Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get started. Lowen uncovers an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended anyone to read, with pages of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of the night their family was forever altered. Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate him. But as Lowen's feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit, if he were to read his wife's words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.   Registration required. Open to all.

Geeks, Books & Coffee


Monday, January 27, 2020 · 6:00 pm · Station Meeting Room 1, First Floor

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Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
.  Death on the Nile is a Hercule Poirot mystery novel by the best-selling author Agatha Christie. The story follows the main character, Hercule Poirot, where he embarks on a vacation in Egypt, but finds himself solving two murder cases.  Registration required.  Open to All.


Monday, February 24, 2020 · 6:00 pm · Station Meeting Room 1, First Floor

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Stardust by Neil Gaiman
. In the tranquil fields and meadows of long-ago England, there is a small hamlet that has stood on a jut of granite for 600 years. Just to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here, in the hamlet of Wall, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. And here, one crisp October eve, Tristran makes his love a promise -- an impetuous vow that will send him through the only breach in the wall, across the pasture... and into the most exhilarating adventure of his life.   Registration required.  Open to All.


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