Great Books Reading & Discussion Group
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

Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

Monday, June 24, 2019 · 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm · Auditorium

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“The New Organon,” by
Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
. Bacon, like Seneca, was both a brilliant scholar and a player in the political arena. His career in politics, however, also had many ups and downs. In our day, he is best known for treatises such as The Advancement of Learning and The New Organon. Written as a series of aphorisms, The New Organon lays out principles of scientific investigation that aided the revolution in science during the 17th century.

John Locke

Monday, July 22, 2019 · 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm · Auditorium

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"A Letter Concerning Toleration" by John Locke (1632 - 1704).  
Locke was an English physician and philosopher. In 1685, he wrote, in Latin, a letter to his friend Philip von Limborch. A few years later it was translated into English, and published as A Letter Concerning Toleration. It expresses Locke’s thoughts on mutual toleration among Christians in their different professions of religious belief, and can be read as a response to the violent sectarian wars of the 17th century. The founding fathers incorporated many of Locke’s ideas into the U.S. constitution, in particular those concerning separation of church and state.


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.

"Kiss Me, Kill Me" Mystery Book Discussion Group


Tuesday, June 25, 2019 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
.  The divorce has just become final, and Richard is already engaged to someone. One woman is determined to change that situation-- no matter what it takes. Soon a tangle of lies binds her life with those of Richard and his new fiancée. A tangle of lies-- that hide some dangerous truths.  Registration required. Open to all.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen
.  Mick Stranahan has no choice but to come out of retirement to close one last case, after realizing that someone is out to get him when he has to dispatch a pistol-packing intruder from his home.  Registration required. Open to all.


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.

Geeks, Books & Coffee


Monday, June 24, 2019 · 6:00 pm · Station Meeting Room 1, First Floor

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Dune by Frank Herbert
. Dune will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, it is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who will become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. Paul's noble family is named stewards of Arrakis, whose sands are the only source of a powerful drug called "the spice." After his family is brought down in a traitorous plot, Paul must go undercover to seek revenge, and to bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics.   Registration required.  Open to All.


Monday, July 29, 2019 · 6:00 pm · Station Meeting Room 1, First Floor

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
. Kell is one of the last Travelers--magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes--as such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne--a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.    Registration required.  Open to All.


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.