• Book Club Meetup: Glass Sword & King's Cage

    Dover Public Library

    We liked Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen, and since we found it a fairly quick read, we're attempting to complete two books for next month: books 2 and 3 in the Red Queen series, Glass Sword and King's Cage. GLASS SWORD The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they've always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul. Mare Barrow's blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever? KING'S CAGE In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard's bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the lightning girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion? Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner. As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continues organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back. When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down. ********** I'll be reserving a room at the Dover Public Library. The reservation will be from 2 PM to 4 PM. I read through their policies, and here are the bits that seem pertinent to us: *Programs may not disrupt the use of the Library by others. Attendees must enter and exit the building in a quiet, orderly manner. Children may not be left alone in the Library while a parent attends a meeting. Persons attending the meetings are subject to all Library rules and regulations. *Library facilities must be left in a clean and orderly condition. *Refreshments may be prepared in the kitchenette, but clean-up, immediately following the meeting, is required. Users must pay for repair of any damages or any extra clean up costs incurred. The Library will not be responsible for materials or equipment left in the building by users. *The Library reserves the right to revoke meeting room privileges at any time. *Permission to use Library facilities does not constitute an endorsement by the Library staff or its Board of Trustees of the users or their beliefs. Plus this: “Meet Green” @ the Library! Groups are requested to abide by these eco-friendly room rules: *Be paperless: make handouts available on a website, or use both sides of post-consumer recycled paper if handouts are required. *Use refillable water bottles instead of plastic water bottles. *Use recyclable materials when serving food/drink and save packaging by using bulk containers, not single-serving packets. *Use appropriate recycling containers (provided). *Turn off all lights and equipment used at the end of the meeting. It looks like food options are a little broader at the Dover Library, if we'd like to coordinate a pot-luck-y kind of thing. Or bring take out individually, perhaps.

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  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

    Portsmouth Public Library

    This book is alternative history - fiction placed in a historical setting. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the National Book Award Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize One of the Best books of the Year: The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, HuffPost, Esquire, Minneapolis Star Tribune Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned and, though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven—but the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. Even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

  • Book Club Meetup: The Red Queen

    Dover Public Library

    The book is The Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard. Synopsis: This is a world divided by blood - red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart. I've reserved a room at the Dover Public Library. The reservation is from 2 PM to 4 PM. I read through their policies, and here are the bits that seem pertinent to us: *Programs may not disrupt the use of the Library by others. Attendees must enter and exit the building in a quiet, orderly manner. Children may not be left alone in the Library while a parent attends a meeting. Persons attending the meetings are subject to all Library rules and regulations. *Library facilities must be left in a clean and orderly condition. *Refreshments may be prepared in the kitchenette, but clean-up, immediately following the meeting, is required. Users must pay for repair of any damages or any extra clean up costs incurred. The Library will not be responsible for materials or equipment left in the building by users. *The Library reserves the right to revoke meeting room privileges at any time. *Permission to use Library facilities does not constitute an endorsement by the Library staff or its Board of Trustees of the users or their beliefs. Plus this: “Meet Green” @ the Library! Groups are requested to abide by these eco-friendly room rules: *Be paperless: make handouts available on a website, or use both sides of post-consumer recycled paper if handouts are required. *Use refillable water bottles instead of plastic water bottles. *Use recyclable materials when serving food/drink and save packaging by using bulk containers, not single-serving packets. *Use appropriate recycling containers (provided). *Turn off all lights and equipment used at the end of the meeting. It looks like food options are a little broader at the Dover Library, if we'd like to coordinate a pot-luck-y kind of thing. Or bring take out individually, perhaps.

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  • Dover Book Club: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

    Portsmouth Public Library

    By Joanna Cannon. “An astute, engaging debut” (Publishers Weekly), The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming tale of a community in need of reconciliation and two girls learning what it means to belong. England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren’t convinced, and decide to take matters into their own hands. Spunky, spirited Grace and quiet, thoughtful Tilly go door to door in search of clues. The cul-de-sac starts to give up its secrets, and the amateur detectives uncover more than they ever imagined. A complicated history of deception begins to emerge—everyone on the Avenue has something to hide. During that sweltering summer, the lives of all the neighbors begin to unravel. The girls come to realize that the lies told to conceal what happened one fateful day about a decade ago are the same ones Mrs. Creasy was starting to peel back just before she disappeared... “A thoughtful tale of loyalty and friendship, family dynamics and human nature” (Kirkus Reviews), this glorious debut is part coming-of-age story, part mystery. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep radiates an unmistakable warmth and intelligence and is “rife with tiny extraordinaries” (The New York Times Book Review). “Joanna Cannon is an author to watch” (Booklist, starred review).

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  • Book Club Meetup: A Discovery of Witches RESCHEDULED

    Dover Public Library

    RESCHEDULED forward one week due to weather on March 10. The book is A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness. You could bring your copy of the book, some blank paper if you're a note-taking kind of person. Maybe drawings...this book might inspire fan art, who knows? I notice it's the first of a Trilogy, so we could continue through all three with the same group. It has also been produced as a TV series, aired on Sundance Now, so perhaps a Movie Club spin off could happen. (From the descriptions, I think I'll love this one - her writing is compared to Diana Gabaldon - even though I haven't really done vampire stories since Anne Rice and Buffy.) I've reserved a room at the Dover Public Library. The reservation is from 2 PM to 4 PM. The room officially holds 10 or 12 (depending on which part of the website you're reading), but without any reassurance at all I'm still capping the group at 14. I read through their policies, and here are the bits that seem pertinent to us: *Programs may not disrupt the use of the Library by others. Attendees must enter and exit the building in a quiet, orderly manner. Children may not be left alone in the Library while a parent attends a meeting. Persons attending the meetings are subject to all Library rules and regulations. *Library facilities must be left in a clean and orderly condition. *Refreshments may be prepared in the kitchenette, but clean-up, immediately following the meeting, is required. Users must pay for repair of any damages or any extra clean up costs incurred. The Library will not be responsible for materials or equipment left in the building by users. *The Library reserves the right to revoke meeting room privileges at any time. *Permission to use Library facilities does not constitute an endorsement by the Library staff or its Board of Trustees of the users or their beliefs. Plus this: “Meet Green” @ the Library! Groups are requested to abide by these eco-friendly room rules: *Be paperless: make handouts available on a website, or use both sides of post-consumer recycled paper if handouts are required. *Use refillable water bottles instead of plastic water bottles. *Use recyclable materials when serving food/drink and save packaging by using bulk containers, not single-serving packets. *Use appropriate recycling containers (provided). *Turn off all lights and equipment used at the end of the meeting. It looks like food options are a little broader at the Dover Library, if we'd like to coordinate a pot-luck-y kind of thing. Or bring take out individually, perhaps. **I'm going to archive the book polls now. We can start picking books in person going forward.

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  • Book Club Meetup: Radium Girls II

    Portsmouth Public Library

    This is the re-scheduled main discussion for The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women, by Kate Moore. You could bring your copy of the book, some blank paper if you're a note-taking kind of person. Please do not bring any radium-based paint. I've reserved a room at the Portsmouth Public Library. The reservation is from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The room officially holds 10, but I was assured that a few more could fit in, so I'm capping the group at 14. I read through the policies, and here are the bits that seem pertinent to us: *Light refreshment only may be served. *Each group is responsible for set-up and break-down for its event in the meeting room itself and is required to leave the space in a neat and orderly condition. *Failure to abide by the rules of the Library, other misuse of a meeting room, or the repeated failure to utilize a reserved room without first giving 24 hours prior notice to the Library, will result in a group being barred from use of the Library meeting rooms for one year. So I guess we can bring in some drinks and snacks, for ourselves or to share, just don't arrange for a full buffet.

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  • Book Club Meetup: Radium Girls I

    Blue Mermaid Island Grill

    Our first meetup with a book involved! This will be an initial discussion for Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women, by Kate Moore. An additional discussion group has been scheduled, occasioned by me being on a learning curve. The additional meetup is on Thursday, March 7. Please do come if you have read some or all of the book and want to talk about it. And come to the next one if you want to do it again. :)

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  • Initial Dover Book Club Meetup!

    The Farm Bar & Grille

    First meeting! The poll showed that Thursday night is the best time for the most people. I've selected the location, the Farm in Dover, based on the fact they have seperate rooms/locations they can put larger groups, but I am open to alternate suggestions. (If anyone knows of an actual Roman Feasting hall, that would be ideal.) The three books that won the polls were: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath for Fiction; A Discovery of Witches by Deborah E Harkness; and The Radium Girls by Kate Moore for Non-Fiction. Since this is our first meet up and it's only a couple of weeks out, I'm not going to suggest we read a book or portion thereof beforehand. If enough of you feel differently, we can pick a book and reschedule for the end of February. I'm looking forward to seeing you all there!

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