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


Monday, April 29, 2019 · 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm · Auditorium

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Walt Whitman Read Out Loud!  
To celebrate the bicentennial of Whitman’s birth, bring a favorite Whitman poem or other piece to read aloud. Share your personal commentary about the what the piece means or how it works. Audience feedback will be welcomed.  Please note: You do not have to be a participant in the Great Books Reading and Discussion Group in order to attend. This is a fun, educational, community-building event for the benefit of all!

Seneca (ca. 4 BCE–65 CE)

Monday, May 20, 2019 · 7:00pm to 9:00pm · Auditorium

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“On Tranquility of Mind,” by
Seneca (ca. 4 BCE–65 CE)
. Seneca was a Roman philosopher, orator, playwright and chief advisor to the emperor Nero. Seneca advocated a philosophy of Stoicism. Written in the form of a philosophical dialog between Serenus and Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind, is a prescription for the achievement of peace of mind.

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.

"Kiss Me, Kill Me" Mystery Book Discussion Group


Tuesday, May 21, 2019 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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Lost Girls by Robert Kolker
.  Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a haunting and humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, in a compelling tale of unsolved murder and Internet prostitution.  Registration required. Open to all.

A "Kiss Me Kill Me" Special Event - Meet Robert Kolker, Author of the True Crime Novel, The Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

lostgirls kolker

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 · 7:00 pm · Auditorium

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Join us for an exciting evening with Robert Kolker, author of The Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery. Robert will be speaking about the Gilgo Beach Murders. Books will be available for purchase with an author signing immediately following discussion. Registration required. Open to all.


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.

Geeks, Books & Coffee


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

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Pet Sematary by Stephen King
. Louis Creed, his wife Rachel and their two children Gage and Ellie move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie 'Pet Sematary' located near their home. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is definitely not as it seems, as it proves to the Creeds that sometimes, dead is better.    Registration required.  Open to All.

Foundation, by Isaac Asimov

Monday, May 20, 2019 · 6:00 pm · Station Meeting Room 1, First Floor

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Foundation by Isaac Azimov
.  Foundation is a cycle of five interrelated short stories, first published as a single book by Gnome Press in 1951. Collectively they tell the early story of the Foundation, an institute founded by psychohistorian Hari Seldon to preserve the best of galactic civilization after the collapse of the Galactic Empire.  Registration required.  Open to All.


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.