Books & Tea

Books+Tea @ the Library is a club for adults who enjoy reading and discussing a variety of books. We meet at 6:30 pm on fourth Mondays (usually). If the weather’s nice, we’ll meet in person on the library patio. If not, we’ll meet inside, distanced and wearing masks. Those who prefer to join us virtually can tune in through Zoom (info below). Copies of this month’s book are available for checkout at the library.

Check out the club’s Facebook event, where you can interact with other readers and share content related to the books we’re reading.

Now Reading:

The Library Book, by Susan Orlean

August 23 @ 6:30 pm

Find a copy in the library

Susan Orlean re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling homage to a beloved institution – our libraries. On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. Raging through the stacks, the fire reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. It was the largest library fire in the history of the United States: it destroyed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more, and shut the library down for seven years. The mystery remains: did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

Weaving her life-long love of books and reading with the fascinating history of libraries and the sometimes-eccentric characters who run them, award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Orlean presents a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling story. With her signature wit, insight, compassion and talent for deep research, she investigates the legendary Los Angeles Public Library fire to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives, and reveals how these buildings provide much more than just books and are needed now more than ever.

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Virtual meeting information (if you’d like to tune in to our live meeting via Zoom)

Please join our Zoom discussion with this link: https://zoom.us/j/98376373448?pwd=MFZiUVF5SHFaMXVCQUlGdWc5S1Q3UT09

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2021 Reading List

News of the World, by Paulette Jiles
Blue Horses: Poems, by Mary Oliver
Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell
The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, by Christopher Scotton
The Library Book, by Susan Orlean
The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich
The Witch of Painted Sorrows, by M.J. Rose
Grand Union: Stories, by Zadie Smith
This Is Happiness, by Niall Williams

January 25 – News of the World, by Paulette Jiles

February 22 – Blue Horses: Poems, by Mary Oliver

March 22 – Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren (this is the focus book for Chillicothe Public Library’s 2021 NEA Big Read. You can pick up a free copy at the library!)

April 26 – The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende

May 24 – Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell (the audiobook is highly recommended)

June 28 – The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett

July 26 – The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, by Christopher Scotton

August 23 – The Library Book, by Susan Orlean

September 27 – The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich

October 25 – The Witch of Painted Sorrows, by M.J. Rose

November 22 – Grand Union: Stories, by Zadie Smith

December 20 – This Is Happiness, by Niall Williams (We’ll be meeting early at 6:00 p.m. this month)