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Another Round!

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Woodbourne Library
Community Room - West Side only
Relax with a hot tea or a delicious cookie and an exciting book discussion. Join us as we discuss Scythe by Neal Shusterman!

“In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't.”

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Booked for Lunch - Session 1

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The Worst Hard Time
Off-site
Smith House - Bill Yeck Park - 2230 E. Centerville Station Road
In partnership with the Centerville-Washington Park District and Centerville-Washington History, the Library co-hosts a lunchtime book discussion on historical topics. Some attendees choose to bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert is provided. Please register for this program on the Park District's website at https://www.cwpd.org/programs-events/ or phone them at 937-433-5155. There is a second session at 1:30 PM at the Woodbourne Library (no registration necessary), if the 11:30 AM session is full. 

Join us for a discussion of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (2005-Nonfiction) by Timothy Egan. Average rating 4.04/5 (42,189 ratings) on Goodreads, 353 pages. Timothy Egan's critically acclaimed account rescues this iconic chapter of American history from the shadows in a tour de force of historical reportage. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, Egan does equal justice of the human characters who become his heroes, "the stoic, long-suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect." (New York Times)

Copies of the book will be distributed at the February discussion and, thereafter, limited copies will be available at the front desk at Woodbourne Library.

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Booked for Lunch - Session 2

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
The Worst Hard Time
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
In partnership with the Centerville-Washington Park District and Centerville-Washington History, the Library co-hosts a lunchtime book discussion on historical topics. Some attendees choose to bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert is provided. There is no registration necessary for this session. 

Join us for a discussion of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (2005-Nonfiction) by Timothy Egan. Average rating 4.04/5 (42,189 ratings) on Goodreads, 353 pages. Timothy Egan's critically acclaimed account rescues this iconic chapter of American history from the shadows in a tour de force of historical reportage. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, Egan does equal justice of the human characters who become his heroes, "the stoic, long-suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect." (New York Times)

Copies of the book will be distributed at the February discussion and, thereafter, limited copies will be available at the front desk at Woodbourne Library.


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2nd Monday Authors

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Centerville Library
Library Lobby
Stop by on the 2nd Monday of each month and meet local authors in the Library lobby. Books will be available to purchase.

Appearing from 1-3 PM in the Centerville Library lobby:
  • Rita Coleman, Dayton, has written two books of poetry, including her featured book and Mystic Connections (2009). A former journalist and university instructor, Rita's award-winning poems have been published in anthologies From the Tower, Pine Mountain Sand and Grave, and Mock Turtle Zine as well as numerous print and online sites. Her poetry may be heard on Conrad's Corner, 91.3 FM-WYSO radio. Her featured book is And Yet, c2017. 
  • April Kline, Dayton, is an author, midwife, workshop leader, and intuitive bodyworker specializing in trauma resolution, somatic integration, and mother/baby bonding. She is also the founder and creator of the Birth With Spirit Doula Certification Program that trains individuals how to assist birthing people with grounded, whole-person support. Her featured book is Small Changes, Profound Results: 25 Simple Tools to Help You Live Your Best Life, c2019.
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Writers Workshop: "Swept Away" - Writing Romance with April Wilson

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Have you ever thought about writing romance? Are you in the process of writing romance, or maybe you've already written one and want to know what to do next? Join April Wilson, bestselling author of over 14 contemporary romance novels, for an interactive discussion on the art of writing romance. Find out about what you need to know about the romance industry in general, what your readers expect, how to craft a book that sells, and what your publishing options are.

April Wilson consistently ranks in the top 100 bestselling contemporary romance authors on Amazon. 
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Great Expectations

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Great Expectations
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Similar to Brown Bag It with Random House, Great Expectations: New Releases Preview Review will help you get the inside scoop on forthcoming March to June titles; but, we will feature more than one publisher and the program is presented by three members of our Library staff! There will be five Swag Bags (filled with an advanced reader copy and other goodies) up for raffle, and refreshments will be served. Registration is required. 
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Another Round!

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Woodbourne Library
Community Room - West Side only
Relax with a hot tea or a delicious cookie and an exciting book discussion. Join us as we discuss Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young!

In the near future at a girls-only private high school isolated in the Colorado mountains, Mena and her classmates--under the watchful eyes of their Guardian, professors, and analyst--are trained to be beautiful and obedient for their sponsors and investors.

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Inside the Art of Filmmaking

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Wright State University film student James 'Bobby' Morgan will talk about the process of documentary and narrative filmmaking from scriptwriting and casting to cinematography and editing. Morgan will feature his short documentary, Richens-Timm, as well as his newest work in progress, Elena's Aria, about Elena, a homeless street violinist fighting to escape poverty. Due to limited space, registration is required.  
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Author Event: "A Celebration of Animation" with Marty Gitlin

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
In "A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History," Author and pop culture historian Marty Gitlin will present an entertaining and fascinating program about the funniest, coolest, and most influential cartoon characters to ever appear on the small screen. Marty will show clips of favorites like Bugs Bunny, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Powerpuff Girls, and (Marty's personal favorite) Bullwinkle J. Moose. Kids will learn about the characters of old and adults will gain greater knowledge about those their children have embraced. Most importantly, everyone will have a great time! The program is free, but registration is required to ensure adequate space. 
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Booked for Lunch - Session 1

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The Great Bridge
Off-site
Smith House - Bill Yeck Park - 2230 E. Centerville Station Road

In partnership with the Centerville-Washington Park District and Centerville-Washington History, the Library co-hosts a lunchtime book discussion on historical topics. Some attendees choose to bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert is provided. Please register for this program on the Park District's website at https://www.cwpd.org/programs-events/ or phone them at 937-433-5155. There is a second session at 1:30 PM at the Woodbourne Library (no registration necessary), if the 11:30 AM session is full.   


Join us for a discussion The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge (Nonfiction-1998) by David McCullough. The dramatic and enthralling story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge at the time, a tale of greed, corruption, and obstruction but also of optimism, heroism, and determination, told by master historian David McCullough.

Copies of the book will be distributed at the March discussion and, thereafter, limited copies will be available at the front desk at Woodbourne Library.


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Booked for Lunch - Session 2

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
The Great Bridge
Woodbourne Library
Community Room

In partnership with the Centerville-Washington Park District and Centerville-Washington History, the Library co-hosts a lunchtime book discussion on historical topics. Some attendees choose to bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert is provided. This second session requires no registration.  

Join us for a discussion The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge (Nonfiction-1998) by David McCullough. The dramatic and enthralling story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge at the time, a tale of greed, corruption, and obstruction but also of optimism, heroism, and determination, told by master historian David McCullough.

Copies of the book will be distributed at the March discussion and, thereafter, limited copies will be available at the front desk at Woodbourne Library.


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Erma Bombeck Writing Competition - Awards Evening

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Erma Bombeck
Woodbourne Library
Community Room

This year's winners of the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition are in for a special celebration. Betsy Bombeck, social worker, community volunteer and daughter of the legendary humorist will deliver the keynote address for this evening. 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. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required to ensure adequate seating. 


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Author Event: "Submerged" with Janice Hisle

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Author Janice Hisle with SUBMERGED
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
It might seem like murder. Come hear the fascinating story of a murder case that may or may not be a murder -- and about a less-painful way to give birth to a book. Journalist-turned-author Janice Hisle, formerly a reporter for the Dayton Daily News and the Cincinnati Enquirer, will reveal the behind-the-scenes story of her debut book, SUBMERGED: Ryan Widmer, his drowned bride and the justice system. That book beat the odds for first-time authors and became a regional best-seller; it had ranked among the top 40 in Amazon's murder category. Copies will be available for sale, with personalized autograph, for $20 following Ms. Hisle's presentation (cash only, please). The program is free, but registration is suggested to ensure adequate seating. Presented in partnership by the Dayton News Guild Retiree and Alumni Organization.
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Writers Workshop: Poetry with Grace Curtis

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Local author and poet Grace Curtis (Everything Gets Old) will conduct a poetry workshop. 
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2nd Monday Authors

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Woodbourne Library
Library Lobby
Stop by on the 2nd Monday of each month and meet local authors in the Library lobby. Books will be available to purchase.

Appearing from 1-3 PM in the Woodbourne Library lobby:

  • Steve Broidy, Greene County, is professor emeritus of education at both Missouri State University and Wittenberg University. His work, both poetical and philosophical, includes his featured book and From the Tower: Poetry in Honor of Conrad Balliet (Editor/Contributor); and the recent philosophy text A Case for Kindness: A New Look at the Teaching Ethic. He has also contributed to a number of poetry and philosophy journals. His featured book is Earth Inside Them, c2019.
  • Anna Cates, Clinton County, is a graduate of Indiana State University (M.A. English and Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction/English) and National University (M.F.A. Creative Writing). Her first collections of poetry and fiction, The Meaning of Life and The Frog King, were published by Cyberwit Press, and her second collection, The Darkroom, by Prolific Press. She is a member of the Tower Poets of the Yellow Springs are and currently teaches education and English online as an adjunct professor. Her featured book is The Golem & The Nazi, c2019. 
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Another Round!

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Woodbourne Library
Community Room - West Side only
Relax with a hot tea or a delicious cookie and an exciting book discussion. Join us as we discuss Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly!

Isabelle is one of Cinderella's ugly stepsisters, who cut off their toes in an attempt to fit into the glass slipper; but there is more to her story than a maimed foot, for the Marquis de la Chance is about to offer her a choice and the opportunity to change her fate--there will be blood and danger, but also the possibility of redemption and triumph, and most of all the chance to find her true self.

Visit the Reference Desk at the Centerville or Woodbourne Library to snag a copy.
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My Favorite Poem Project

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Write!
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
In April is National Poetry Month. What better way to become acquainted with this genre by attending this poetry program by pre-invited readers including published poets, community leaders, students, and educators. Humorous, sad, whimsical, short, or long, we will have them. Prepare to be inspired!
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