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Page Turners Virtual Book Discussion

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Last Picture Show
Online
Join us for an online discussion of The Last Picture Show (1994-Fiction) by Larry McMurtry. From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show is one of Larry McMurtry's most memorable novels, and the basis for the enormously popular movie of the same name. Set in a small, dusty, Texas town, McMurtry tells the story of teenagers stumbling toward adulthood, discovering the beguiling mysteries of sex and the even more baffling mysteries of love. Populated by a wonderful cast of eccentrics and animated by McMurtry's wry and raucous humor, The Last Picture Show is a wild, heartbreaking, and poignant novel that resonates with the magical passion of youth. (280 pages) Average rating 3.98/5 (14,373 ratings) on Goodreads. 

Copies of the book are available in mid-April by visiting the front desk or via Curbside Hold Pickup at either Library. If wishing to pick up at Centerville, please contact ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us. 
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The Ohioana Literary Trail

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Ohioana Literary Trail
Online
Join author Betty Weibel (The Ohio Literary Trail: a guide - Nonfiction-2021) and The Ohioana Library Association executive director David Weaver as they take us on a tour of The Ohio Literary Trail

Organized by the state's five geographic regions for a convenient self-guided driving tour, The Ohio Literary Trail encourages exploration by tourists planning a literary-themed outing, as well as Ohioans who want to discover literary treasures they never knew existed in their own backyard. Ohioana compiled the trail map with more than 70 sites across the Buckeye state, paying tribute to the authors, poets, illustrators, libraries, and creative influencers of the written word who have called Ohio home. 

The downloadable map provides links to every destination, with details, directions, and background information. The program is free, but registration is required to receive the Webex link.
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Literary Shorts - An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

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 "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" (1890) by the American writer and Civil War veteran Ambrose Bierce. Peyton Farquhar stands on Owl Creek Bridge, which he was arrested for trying to burn down, and prepares for his execution. In a flashback, the third-person narrator tells of how and why Farquhar came to be at Owl Creek: Farquhar was tricked into trying to burn the bridge down in order to prevent Union troops from crossing it.
Returning to the moment of his hanging, Farquhar loses consciousness. In his mind, Farquhar escapes, but the execution is ultimately successful.

Please email or phone Debe Dockins (ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us or 937-610-4429) for a Webex invitation and text to the story.  
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Page Turners Virtual Book Discussion

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Educated
Online
Join us for an online discussion of Educated: a memoir (2018-Biography) by Tara Westover. Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Oprah Magazine, NPR, Publishers Weekly, etc., Educated traces the author's experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family's paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn an acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond. (334 pages) Average rating 4.46/5 (926,894 ratings) on Goodreads. 

Copies of the book are available in mid-May by visiting the front desk or via Curbside Hold Pickup at either Library. If wishing to pick up at Centerville, please contact ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us. 
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Book Ends - In-Person Book Discussion

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Educated
Online
Join us for an online discussion of Educated: a memoir (2018-Biography) by Tara Westover. Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Oprah Magazine, NPR, Publishers Weekly, etc., Educated traces the author's experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family's paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn an acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond. (334 pages) Average rating 4.46/5 (926,894 ratings) on Goodreads. 

Copies of the book are available in mid-May by visiting the front desk or via Curbside Hold Pickup at either Library. If wishing to pick up at Centerville, please contact ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us. 

NOTE: This discussion will be held in the Cynthia Klinck Community Room at Centerville Library which has a capacity of 70+. For safety, all participants are required to be masked, physically distanced, and limited seating will be available. The program is free, but registration is required. 
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Author Event - Nita Leland with "Born Creative: A Memoir of Paint, Passion & Purpose"

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Local author Nita Leland discusses her memoir: Born Creative: A memoir of paint, passion & purpose

The event is free but registration is required as this program is in-person and seating is limited. Please contact Debe Dockins (937-610-4429) or ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us with any questions.

This program is being offered in person at the Woodbourne Library. For safety, all participants are required to wear face coverings and stay at least 6 feet apart from other participants. Limited seating will be available.

DO NOT PARTICIPATE IF YOU
• Feel ill or are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms. 
• Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

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