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AM Page Turners - "Horse"

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Horse
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Join us for a discussion of Horse (2022-Fiction) by Geraldine Brooks. (401 pp. - 4.36/5 on Goodreads).

"Pulitzer winner Brooks returns after The Secret Chord with a fascinating saga based on the true story of a famous 19th-century racehorse. In 2019, Theo Northam, a Black graduate student in Washington, D.C., finds a discarded equestrian painting that he decides to research for a Smithsonian magazine article. Meanwhile, Jess, a bone specialist at the Smithsonian, gets a call about an old horse skeleton that's been stored in the museum's attic. Jess and Theo end up meeting, but first Brooks takes the story to 1850s Lexington, Ky., where Jarret Lewis, an enslaved boy, is the groom for a promising colt that his father, Harry, a freedman, has trained. But then the horse, Lexington, is sold and the new buyer sends him along with Jarret to a Mississippi plantation with ruinous consequences. In 1853, Lexington and Jarret end up in New Orleans, where the horse thrills the racing world, and Jarret hopes to buy his freedom, while back in contemporary D.C., a romance blossoms between Jess and Theo. While Brooks's multiple narratives and strong character development captivate, and she soars with the story of Jarret, a late plot twist in the D.C. thread dampens the ending a bit. Despite a bit of flagging in the home stretch, this wins by a nose. (from Publisher's Weekly)

Copies book will be distributed at the March meeting and, afterward, are available by visiting the front desk at either Centerville or Woodbourne Library. The title is available in regular print, large print, eBook, and eAudiobook. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

Per CDC guidelines, masks are now optional for in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled. 
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PM Page Turners - "Horse"

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Horse
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Join us for a discussion of Horse (2022-Fiction) by Geraldine Brooks. (401 pp. - 4.36/5 on Goodreads).

"Pulitzer winner Brooks returns after The Secret Chord with a fascinating saga based on the true story of a famous 19th-century racehorse. In 2019, Theo Northam, a Black graduate student in Washington, D.C., finds a discarded equestrian painting that he decides to research for a Smithsonian magazine article. Meanwhile, Jess, a bone specialist at the Smithsonian, gets a call about an old horse skeleton that's been stored in the museum's attic. Jess and Theo end up meeting, but first Brooks takes the story to 1850s Lexington, Ky., where Jarret Lewis, an enslaved boy, is the groom for a promising colt that his father, Harry, a freedman, has trained. But then the horse, Lexington, is sold and the new buyer sends him along with Jarret to a Mississippi plantation with ruinous consequences. In 1853, Lexington and Jarret end up in New Orleans, where the horse thrills the racing world, and Jarret hopes to buy his freedom, while back in contemporary D.C., a romance blossoms between Jess and Theo. While Brooks's multiple narratives and strong character development captivate, and she soars with the story of Jarret, a late plot twist in the D.C. thread dampens the ending a bit. Despite a bit of flagging in the home stretch, this wins by a nose. (from Publisher's Weekly)

Copies book will be distributed at the March meeting and, afterward, are available by visiting the front desk at either Centerville or Woodbourne Library. The title is available in regular print, large print, eBook, and eAudiobook. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

Per CDC guidelines, masks are now optional for in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled. 
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Book Ends - "Horse"

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Horse
Centerville Library
Conference Room
Join us for a discussion of Horse (2022-Fiction) by Geraldine Brooks. (401 pp. - 4.36/5 on Goodreads).

"Pulitzer winner Brooks returns after The Secret Chord with a fascinating saga based on the true story of a famous 19th-century racehorse. In 2019, Theo Northam, a Black graduate student in Washington, D.C., finds a discarded equestrian painting that he decides to research for a Smithsonian magazine article. Meanwhile, Jess, a bone specialist at the Smithsonian, gets a call about an old horse skeleton that's been stored in the museum's attic. Jess and Theo end up meeting, but first Brooks takes the story to 1850s Lexington, Ky., where Jarret Lewis, an enslaved boy, is the groom for a promising colt that his father, Harry, a freedman, has trained. But then the horse, Lexington, is sold and the new buyer sends him along with Jarret to a Mississippi plantation with ruinous consequences. In 1853, Lexington and Jarret end up in New Orleans, where the horse thrills the racing world, and Jarret hopes to buy his freedom, while back in contemporary D.C., a romance blossoms between Jess and Theo. While Brooks's multiple narratives and strong character development captivate, and she soars with the story of Jarret, a late plot twist in the D.C. thread dampens the ending a bit. Despite a bit of flagging in the home stretch, this wins by a nose. (from Publisher's Weekly)

Copies book will be distributed at the March meeting and, afterward, are available by visiting the front desk at either Centerville or Woodbourne Library. The title is available in regular print, large print, eBook, and eAudiobook. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

Per CDC guidelines, masks are now optional for in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled. 
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AM Page Turners - "The Guncle"

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The Guncle
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Join us for a discussion of The Guncle (2022-Humorous Fiction) by Stephen Rowley. (326 pp. - 4.17/5 on Goodreads).

No longer the star of a hit TV series, Patrick O'Hara could not have imagined that his next leading role would be as caretaker of his brother's young children, but when Greg checks into rehab following the death of his wife, Sara, there seems no one better suited to help Maisie and Grant process the loss of their mother than the man who had been her closest friend. Culture shock doesn't begin to address the adjustments the kids must make when they spend the summer away from their Connecticut neighborhood and in Patrick's opulent Palm Springs home. And Maisie and Grant aren't the only ones facing changes. As a single gay man, Patrick had no parenting experience. What he does know, however, is how to give the children room to explore their feelings and offer sage advice as he becomes their dear ol' GUP (Gay Uncle Patrick). It's somewhat dire premise notwithstanding, Rowley's (The Editor, 2019) sensitive and witty exploration of grief and healing soothes with a delectable lightness and cunning charm.

Copies book will be distributed at the April meeting and, afterward, are available by visiting the front desk at either Centerville or Woodbourne Library. The title is available in regular print, large print, eBook, and eAudiobook. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

Per CDC guidelines, masks are now optional for in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled. 
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PM Page Turners - "The Guncle"

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Guncle
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Join us for a discussion of The Guncle (2022-Humorous Fiction) by Stephen Rowley. (326 pp. - 4.17/5 on Goodreads).

No longer the star of a hit TV series, Patrick O'Hara could not have imagined that his next leading role would be as caretaker of his brother's young children, but when Greg checks into rehab following the death of his wife, Sara, there seems no one better suited to help Maisie and Grant process the loss of their mother than the man who had been her closest friend. Culture shock doesn't begin to address the adjustments the kids must make when they spend the summer away from their Connecticut neighborhood and in Patrick's opulent Palm Springs home. And Maisie and Grant aren't the only ones facing changes. As a single gay man, Patrick had no parenting experience. What he does know, however, is how to give the children room to explore their feelings and offer sage advice as he becomes their dear ol' GUP (Gay Uncle Patrick). It's somewhat dire premise notwithstanding, Rowley's (The Editor, 2019) sensitive and witty exploration of grief and healing soothes with a delectable lightness and cunning charm.

Copies book will be distributed at the April meeting and, afterward, are available by visiting the front desk at either Centerville or Woodbourne Library. The title is available in regular print, large print, eBook, and eAudiobook. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

Per CDC guidelines, masks are now optional for in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled. 
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Book Ends - "The Guncle"

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Guncle
Centerville Library
Conference Room
Join us for a discussion of The Guncle (2022-Humorous Fiction) by Stephen Rowley. (326 pp. - 4.17/5 on Goodreads).

No longer the star of a hit TV series, Patrick O'Hara could not have imagined that his next leading role would be as caretaker of his brother's young children, but when Greg checks into rehab following the death of his wife, Sara, there seems no one better suited to help Maisie and Grant process the loss of their mother than the man who had been her closest friend. Culture shock doesn't begin to address the adjustments the kids must make when they spend the summer away from their Connecticut neighborhood and in Patrick's opulent Palm Springs home. And Maisie and Grant aren't the only ones facing changes. As a single gay man, Patrick had no parenting experience. What he does know, however, is how to give the children room to explore their feelings and offer sage advice as he becomes their dear ol' GUP (Gay Uncle Patrick). It's somewhat dire premise notwithstanding, Rowley's (The Editor, 2019) sensitive and witty exploration of grief and healing soothes with a delectable lightness and cunning charm.

Copies book will be distributed at the April meeting and, afterward, are available by visiting the front desk at either Centerville or Woodbourne Library. The title is available in regular print, large print, eBook, and eAudiobook. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

Per CDC guidelines, masks are now optional for in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled. 
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Author Event: Lost Dayton, Ohio with Andrew J. Walsh

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Lost Dayton
Woodbourne Library
Community Room

Many of the places that helped make Dayton a center of innovation were lost to history, while others survived and adapted, representing the city's spirit of revitalization. Some of the city's distinctive and significant structures, such as Steele High School and the Callahan Building, were demolished, while others, including the Arcade and Centre City Building saw hard times but now await redevelopment. Entire neighborhoods, such as the Haymarket, and commercial districts, such as West Fifth Street, vanished and show no traces of their past. Join author Andrew J. Walsh as he discusses his book Lost Dayton, Ohio, c. 2018, and explores the diverse selection of retail, industrial, entertainment, and residential sites from Dayton's disappearing legacy. The program is free, but registration is required to ensure adequate seating. 

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Great Expectations - Preview of New Releases

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Great Expectations: New Releases Preview Review will help you get the inside scoop on forthcoming June to August titles from various publishers in various genres. Attendees will have the opportunity to place holds on upcoming bestsellers, literary, paranormal, domestic, and historical fiction, as well as nonfiction, mysteries and thrillers. There will be a raffle for a three goody-packed swag bags. This program is free but requires registration. If you have questions, please contact Debe at ddockins@wclibrary.info.

Masks are now optional at in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled.

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Book Ends - "Lessons in Chemistry"

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Lessons in Chemistry
Centerville Library
Conference Room
Join us for a discussion of Lessons in Chemistry (2022-Fiction) by Bonnie Garmus (390 pp. - 4.36/5 on Goodreads).

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results.

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.

Copies book will be distributed at the May meeting and, afterward, are available by visiting the front desk at either Centerville or Woodbourne Library. The title is available in regular print, large print, eBook, and eAudiobook. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

Per CDC guidelines, masks are now optional for in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled. 
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AM Page Turners - "Lessons in Chemistry"

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lessons in Chemistry
Woodbourne Library
Creativity Space
Join us for a discussion of Lessons in Chemistry (2022-Fiction) by Bonnie Garmus (390 pp. - 4.36/5 on Goodreads).

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results.

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.

Copies book will be distributed at the May meeting and, afterward, are available by visiting the front desk at either Centerville or Woodbourne Library. The title is available in regular print, large print, eBook, and eAudiobook. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

Per CDC guidelines, masks are now optional for in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled. 
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PM Page Turners - "Lessons in Chemistry"

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lessons in Chemistry
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Join us for a discussion of Lessons in Chemistry (2022-Fiction) by Bonnie Garmus (390 pp. - 4.36/5 on Goodreads).

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results.

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.

Copies book will be distributed at the May meeting and, afterward, are available by visiting the front desk at either Centerville or Woodbourne Library. The title is available in regular print, large print, eBook, and eAudiobook. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

Per CDC guidelines, masks are now optional for in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled. 
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Book Ends "Lessons in Chemistry"

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Lessons in Chemistry
Centerville Library
Conference Room
Join us for a discussion of Lessons in Chemistry (2022-Fiction) by Bonnie Garmus (390 pp. - 4.36/5 on Goodreads).

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results.

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.

Copies book will be distributed at the May meeting and, afterward, are available by visiting the front desk at either Centerville or Woodbourne Library. The title is available in regular print, large print, eBook, and eAudiobook. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

Per CDC guidelines, masks are now optional for in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled. 
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