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Literary Shorts (Virtual) - The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Literary Shorts
Online
A short story is a piece of fiction designed to be read in one sitting. It is perfect for people who love to read but do not have a lot of time -- simply satisfying and, typically, between 5K and 10K words.

Join us for a discussion of John Steinbeck's short story, "The Chrysanthemums."

Please register for a Zoom invitation link and text/audio file of the story.  
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Page Turners - Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Mobituaries
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Join us for a discussion of Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving (2020-Nonfiction/Humor) by Mo Rocca with Jonathan Greenburg (4.07/5 Goodreads) 352 pp. In a Mobituary, humorist Rocca honors a historical figure who, for a variety of reasons, did not receive the esteemed obituary they truly deserved the first time around. Founding Father Thomas Paine's obituary stated, "he had lived long, did some good, and much harm." Mobituaries are not just limited to people—one of the best entries is dedicated to the station wagon. Impeccably researched, this book is packed with facts that are sure to give you a leg up at pub trivia. Authors Rocca and Greenberg have written a delightful, hilarious romp through history. Put this book in the hands of history buffs or anyone who loves a good laugh. [HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Mobituaries has two built-in audiences: listeners of the namesake podcast and fans of Rocca's work on CBS Sunday Morning.] Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Copies of the book will be distributed at the January meeting and, afterward, are available toward the end of January by visiting the front desk at Woodbourne Library. If wishing to pick up at Centerville, please contact ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

NOTE: This program is being offered in person at the Woodbourne Library. Masks are required 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 - Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Mobituaries
Centerville Library
Cynthia Klinck Community Room
Join us for a discussion of Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving (2020-Nonfiction/Humor) by Mo Rocca with Jonathan Greenburg (4.07/5 Goodreads) 352 pp. In a Mobituary, humorist Rocca honors a historical figure who, for a variety of reasons, did not receive the esteemed obituary they truly deserved the first time around. Founding Father Thomas Paine's obituary stated, "he had lived long, did some good, and much harm." Mobituaries are not just limited to people—one of the best entries is dedicated to the station wagon. Impeccably researched, this book is packed with facts that are sure to give you a leg up at pub trivia. Authors Rocca and Greenberg have written a delightful, hilarious romp through history. Put this book in the hands of history buffs or anyone who loves a good laugh. [HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Mobituaries has two built-in audiences: listeners of the namesake podcast and fans of Rocca's work on CBS Sunday Morning.] Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Copies of the book will be distributed at the January meeting and, afterward, are available toward the end of January by visiting the front desk at Woodbourne Library. If wishing to pick up at Centerville, please contact ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

NOTE: This program is being offered in person at the Centerville Library. Masks are required 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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Writers Workshop: "Memoir Writing" with Nita Leland

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Everyone has stories to tell. Learn how to share your stories using simple methods of writing and organizing your memoir in this workshop facilitated by local author and artist Nita Leland.

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Author Event: "A Celebration of Women" with Trudy Krisher

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Come join award-winning author Trudy Krisher as she launches "A Celebration of Women" in honor of Women's History Month. Trudy will feature her new novel ON THE MARCH: A NOVEL OF THE WOMEN'S MARCH ON WASHINGTON as she weaves her experiences of writing this work of historical fiction with her participation in the 2017 Women's March on Washington. Prepared to be entertained with a quiz on women's history, a time line of important events, an art activity, and - yes - prizes!

NOTE: This program is free, but registration is required to ensure adequate and distanced seating. This program will be held in person at Woodbourne Library. Masks are required 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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Page Turners - The Exiles

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Exiles
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Join us for a discussion of Join us for a discussion of The Exiles (2020-Fiction) by Christina Baker Klein (4.16/5 of 34,216 ratings on Goodreads) 370 pp. The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train returns with an ambitious, emotionally resonant novel about three women whose lives are bound together in nineteenth-century Australia and the hardships they weather together as they fight for redemption and freedom in a new society.

Copies of the book will be distributed at the February meeting and, afterward, are available toward the end of February 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. 

NOTE: This program is being offered in person at the Woodbourne Library. Masks are required 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 - The Exiles

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Exiles
Centerville Library
Cynthia Klinck Community Room
Join us for a discussion of The Exiles (2020-Fiction) by Christina Baker Klein (4.16/5 of 34,216 ratings on Goodreads) 370 pp. The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train returns with an ambitious, emotionally resonant novel about three women whose lives are bound together in nineteenth-century Australia and the hardships they weather together as they fight for redemption and freedom in a new society.

Copies of the book will be distributed at the February meeting and, afterward, are available toward the end of February 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. 

NOTE: This program is being offered in person at the Centerville Library. Masks are required 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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Erma Bombeck Writing Competition Awards Ceremony

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Erma Bombeck Virtual Awards
Online

This year's winners of the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition are in for a special celebration. Keynote speakers Cindy Ratzlaff and Kathy Kinney will share their life's philosophy: a state of mind, Queen Of Your Own Life™, is about the practice of happiness and the simple actions we all can take to claim a life of joy and adventure. "It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else." - Erma Bombeck

We honor Erma Bombeck and the winners of the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition who will read their essays in both the Humor and Human Interest categories. Registration is required as invitations to the virtual party will be sent shortly before the event. 7 PM EDT, 6 Central, 5 Mountain, 4 Pacific. 
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