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Book Ends - Nine Perfect Strangers

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Nine Perfect Strangers
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
PROGRAM AT WOODBOURNE FOR OCTOBER ONLY. Join us for a discussion of Nine Perfect Strangers (2018-Fiction) by Liane Moriarty. Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be. Combining all of the hallmarks that have made Liane Moriarty's writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.

Copies of the book are available in mid-September by visiting the front desk at Woodbourne Library. If wishing to pick up at Centerville, please contact ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us. Those attending the program will receive the next month's book. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

NOTE: 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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Author Event: Gayle Cobb and "Sacred Grace"

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Join local author illustrator Gayle Cobb as she discusses her book Sacred Gift, a beautifully illustrated homage to our fallen heroes detailing the 13 folds of an American flag presented at military funerals. Five years from conception to publication, the proceeds of this somber piece will benefit the Fairfield Township Veterans Memorial. Published by Braughler Books LLC. The book will be available for purchase at the event. 

This program is free, but registration is required to ensure adequate seating. 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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Literary Shorts (Virtual) - Two short stories by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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 two short stories from Lucy Maud (L.M.) Montgomery (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942), a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables. The first story is "Aunt Susanna's Thanksgiving Dinner" and the second, "The Gossip of Valley View."

Please register for a Zoom invitation link and text/audio file of the story.  
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Page Turners - The Four Winds

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Four Winds
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Join us for a discussion of The Four Winds (2021-Historical Fiction) by Kristin Hannah. Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.

In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation. 464 pp. (4.33 out of 5.0 with 262,734 ratings on Goodreads).

Copies of the book are available in mid-October by visiting the front desk at Woodbourne Library. If wishing to pick up at Centerville, please contact ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us. Those attending the program will receive the next month's book. 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 Four Winds

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Four Winds
Centerville Library
Cynthia Klinck Community Room
Join us for a discussion of The Four Winds (2021-Historical Fiction) by Kristin Hannah. Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.

In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation. 464 pp. (4.33 out of 5.0 with 262,734 ratings on Goodreads).

Copies of the book are available in mid-October by visiting the front desk at Woodbourne Library. If wishing to pick up at Centerville, please contact ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us. Those attending the program will receive the next month's book. 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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Literary Shorts (Virtual) - Two short stories by the Grimm Brothers

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 two short stories from the Grimm Brothers: "The Elves and the Shoemaker" and "Rumplestiltskin."

Please register for a Zoom invitation link and text/audio file of the story.  
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Author Event: Josie Olsvig with "Gullah Tears" and "Growing Up Gullah in the Lowcountry"

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Join former Daytonian and author Josie Olsvig as she talks about her new book new book Gullah Tears, The Enslaved Souls of Charleston. This gripping historical fiction novel, set in antebellum Charleston explains the history of race-based slavery, as well as the Gullah culture which evolved among the enslaved West Africans brought to the area. This moving story, based on years of solid research, reveals the truth about the “peculiar institution” of slavery. 

In addition, the author will introduce her children’s picture book, Growing Up Gullah in the Lowcountry, a teaching tool designed to educate young students about race and culture. Lastly, the author will be bringing artwork and crafts made by Lowcountry Gullah artisans, all of which will be for sale along with the aforementioned books. Cash and Venmo will be accepted. 

This program is free, but registration is required to ensure adequate seating. If you have any questions, please contact Debe Dockins @ ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us or 937-610-4429. 

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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Author Event: Anne Marie Romer with "Just Give Me the Road"

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Anne Marie Romer
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Anne Marie Romer has written a book about the fierce determination to seek hope amidst catastrophic life events. Just Give Me the Road weaves a story of sisterhood, unspeakable family loss, and the quest for recovery after traumatic brain injury. This story is inspiring and offers a real-life example of how to sustain the aspiration of courage despite unthinkable and uninvited despair. Books will be available for sale.

Anne Marie Romer articulates the language of the heart in a way that binds the human experience. She writes about the bliss of being a mom and grandmother, as well as the angst of losing two brothers to suicide. She has become a suicide awareness advocate in her community.  Anne Marie is a contributing columnist to the Dayton Daily News. She lives in Centerville with her husband Mark. Follow her on Instagram @romerannemarie, Facebook, Anne Marie Romer, or through her blog, Annemarieromer.com.

This program is free, but registration is required to ensure adequate seating. If you have any questions, please contact Debe Dockins @ ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us or 937-610-4429. 

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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