GreatBooksA dynamic, liberal arts education, for free at the public library!  Sample a “tasting menu” of great literature and philosophy in the library’s Great Books program, now in its 16th year. Participants find the Shared Inquiry™ approach, popularized by the Chicago based Great Books Foundation, to be a powerful learning tool. The readings are short and well-suited for our busy lifestyles. Re-connect with an author you have loved or discover a new one! Pick up a copy of Great Conversations 1 at the first-floor Customer Services desk for a materials fee of $10. For more information, email Tom Cohn at: . Check out our blog at hplgreatbooks.blogspot.com.

 

Great Book Discussions with Tom: The Value of Science by Henri Poincaré (1854 - 1912)

Monday, July 26  •  7:15 pm • Register online HERE
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The Value of Science by Henri Poincaré (1854 - 1912)
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Please join us to discuss The Value of Science, by Henri Poincaré (1854-1912). Henri Poincaré was a great French mathematician who penned popular works exploring the meaning and relationship of mathematics and natural science. Our selection this month, part of a larger work of the same name, starts with a challenge to Count Leo Tolstoy, who asserted that “science for its own sake” is an “absurd conception.” It ends with a case study of the value of the science of astronomy. Poincaré concludes that “Thought is only a gleam in the midst of a long night. But it is that gleam which is everything.”

 

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Great Book Discussions with Tom: Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

Monday, August 23  •  7:15 pm • Register online HERE
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Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892
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Please join us to discuss “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking,” by Walt Whitman (1819-1892). This month we celebrate the work of a great son of Huntington, Walt Whitman. “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” was originally published in the third edition of “Leaves of Grass” under the title “A Word out of the Sea.” A boy’s recollection of two nesting mockingbirds, “two feather’d guests from Alabama,” over the course of a summer, it evokes the rhythms of nature on “Paumanok,” the Indian name for our island.

 

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“Kiss Me, Kill Me” Mystery Book Discussions with Donna

 

“Kiss Me, Kill Me” Mystery Book Discussions with Donna: The Last Flight by Julie Clark, with Special Guest Author Julie Clark

Tuesday, July 20 • 2:00 - 4:00 pm • Register online HERE
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The Last Flight by Julie Clark with Special Guest Author Julie Clark

The Last Flight by Julie Clark

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"You might know a husband like Claire's. Ambitious, admired, with deep pockets. But behind closed doors, he has a temper that burns as bright as his promising political career, and he's not above using his staff to track Claire's every move. What he doesn't know is that Claire has worked for months on a plan to vanish. A chance meeting in an airport brings her together with a woman who seems equally desperate to flee her life. Together, they make a last-minute decision to switch tickets - Claire taking Eva's flight to Oakland, and Eva traveling to Puerto Rico as Claire. But when the Puerto Rico plane crashes, Claire's options narrow to one impossible choice: assume Eva's identity, and along with it, the secrets Eva fought so hard to keep hidden"  Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.

 

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“Kiss Me, Kill Me” Mystery Book Discussions with Donna: The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel with Special Guest Author Kristin Harmel

Tuesday, August 17 • 2:00 - 4:00 pm • Register online HERE
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The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel with Special Guest Author Kristin Harmel

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

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"Escaping from Paris in 1942 after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew, a graduate student finds refuge in a small mountain town, where she forges identity documents to help hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis.  Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.

 

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