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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

obrien

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.

europides

Monday, November 27, 2017 · 7:00pm to 9:00pm · Auditorium

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“Hekabe,” by
by Euripides (484 B.C.–407 B.C.)
. Hekabe, wife of the defeated Trojan king Priam, is taken prisoner and enslaved by the Greek general Odysseus. Encamped with the Greek forces on the Tracian Peninsula, across the straight from Troy, she endures the loss of both her son Polydorus and her daughter Polyaxena. Hell bent on revenge, she commands her cohort of Trojan women to kill the infant sons of Thracian king Polymestor. She then lures Polymestor into her tent, and blinds him. The local prophet Dionysus foretells she will embark on a sea voyage, climb to the masthead, turn into a dog “with glaring tawny eyes,” and plunge to a watery death. This drama by Euripides, “the philosopher of the stage,” serves as a cautionary tale of a cycle of vengeance.





"Kiss Me, Kill Me" Mystery Book Discussion Group

silent

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.

whites

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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The Whites by Harry Brandt
.  Working in dead-end positions for two decades after accidentally shooting a civilian, Sergeant Billy Graves suddenly finds himself drawn back to his past when he joins forces with other New York detectives to investigate a brutal case that has ties to his early career and a suspect in the unsolved murder of a 13-year-old girl.  Registration required. Open to all.

Geeks, Books & Coffee

silent

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.

Hyperion

Monday, January 29, 2018 · 6:00 pm · Station Small Meeting Room

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Hyperion by Dan Simmons
. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope--and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands. A stunning tour de force, this Hugo Award-winning novel is the first volume in a remarkable new science fiction epic by the author of The Hollow Man.  Registration required.  HPL cardholders only.

 

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