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The Book Exchange: Popular and Eclectic

Director's Cut: Non-Fiction Book Club

The Mystery Book Group

Socrates Cafe: Community Discussion Group

The Book Exchange

Join fellow readers on the third Thursday of each month at 7 pm. Books are selected by the group on an annual basis. To join the Book Exchange for one or all of their discussions, call (419) 433-5009, email or visit the Library today.
Select Thursdays at 7 pm

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larsongarden_of_beasts.jpg
March 15

Set in 1933 Berlin, a turning point in history, this account follows the life of William E. Dodd, America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany. A mild-mannered  professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. Initially entranced by the parties and pomp, Martha becomes involved with several handsome young men of the Third Reich, attracted by their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. But soon, the family realize the sinister reality of the Nazis they see first-hand Jewish persecution, the censoring of the press, and drafts of frightening new laws.

grandmother_asked.jpgMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

April 19

This is a charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove, that illuminates the human right to be different. Elsa is seven years old and different, and her grandmother, is seventy-seven years old and crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. Elsa’s greatest adventure starts when her beloved grandmother dies and she leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to those she has wronged. Her grandmother’s instructions take her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

lilac_girls.jpgLilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
May 17

Enjoy this arresting novel exploring the lives of three women which converge on the Ravensbruck all- female concentration camp. Caroline Ferriday, debutante turned unlikely WWII hero, tries to help from her post at the French consulate. Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish Catholic teenager, becomes a courier in the Polish resistance. And Herta Oberheuser takes a German government medical position. The novel of redemption and hope emerges that is breathtaking in scope and depth. Martha Hall Kelly captures the powerful pull of human compassion, strong enough to stretch across continents and capable of triumphing over the grim evils of war. 

Director's Cut: Non-Fiction Book Club

Join the Director in this book group which focuses on non-fiction works of interest. To join the Director's Cut Book Club for one or all of their discussions, call (419) 433-5009, email or visit the Library today.
Select Wednesdays at 3 pm

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For Kamkwamba and his community, life in Malawi was ruled more by magical thinking than scientific reasoning. But drought, hunger, and thirst drove the author to dream with an innovative streak: to build a windmill to provide running water and electricity. Armed with old textbooks and scrap metal, Kamkwamba embarked on a daring idea to change the world around him. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity.


botany_of_desire.jpgThe Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
March 28 at 3 pm

Author Michael Pollan established himself as America’s expert on science and food writing in 2002 with the release of The Botany of Desire. In his book, he explores the reciprocal relationship called domestication between people and plants. Focusing on the fascinating history of our relationship with apples, tulips, potatoes, and cannabis, Pollan wonders who domesticated whom?


The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egandeath_and_life_great_lakes.jpg
April 25 at 3 pm

Our own Great Lake is our most recognizable landmark, the spark of the tourism and industrial economy, a source of our most precious resource, and frankly, a reason many people choose to live in Northern Ohio. Reporter Dan Egan explores the scientific history, and imperiled present, of the Great Lakes in his book The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.


reclaiming_conversation.jpgReclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle
facilitated by Professor Julie Didelot, BGSU Firelands
May 23 at 3pm

In our technological we are always communicating, but our various forms of liking, commenting, replying, poking, and connecting have often replaced face-to-face conversations. Media scholar Sherry Turkle, builds her case for the power of talk by studying human behavior at home, at school, and in the workplace. BGSU Firelands Sociology Professor Julie Didelot will lead this group as a guest facilitator.

The Mystery Book Group

This group meets monthly (January - November) on select Mondays at 7 PM. Books are chosen with input from the group. To join the Mystery Book Group for one or all of their discussions, call (419) 433-5009, email or visit the Library today.
Select Mondays at 7 pm


Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
February 26 at 7 pm

Paying homage to Agatha Christie in a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery, this tale follows editor Susan Ryeland as she is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, believing it will not be much different from any of his others. She's already intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. Despite Alan’s troubling behavior, his traditional formula has proved so hugely successful Susan must continue to forge ahead if she wants to keep her job. Conway's latest tale has Atticus investigating a murder at a local manor house. As expected, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she's convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder. Already acclaimed, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

The Drifter by Nicholas Petriedrifter.jpg
March 19 at 7 pm

Suffering from  post-traumatic stress disorder and “white noise,” a buzzing claustrophobia, Peter Ash came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His illness has driven him to spend a year roaming in nature, sleeping under the stars. But when a fellow Marine commits suicide, Ash returns to civilization to help the man’s widow with home repairs. Under her porch, he finds more than he bargained for: a large, mean dog...and a suitcase stuffed with cash and explosives. As Ash begins to investigate this unexpected discovery, he finds himself at the center of a plot that is far larger than he could have imagined...and it may lead straight back to the world he thought he’d escaped.


set_in_darkness.jpgSet in Darkness by Ian Rankin
April 16 at 7 pm  

John Rebus is kept quite busy at Queensbury House, the home of Scotland’s new rulers, on the eve of the first Scottish parliament in three hundred years. Edinburgh is rife with political passions and expectations. But that quickly changes, however, when a long-dead body is discovered in a Queensbury House fireplace, a homeless man throws himself off a bridge - leaving behind a suitcase full of cash - and an up-and-coming politician is found murdered. Exploring the links between the three deaths lead Rebus to a confrontation with one of Edinburgh's most notorious criminals, a man he thought he'd put in jail for life. Someone is going to make a lot of money out of Scotland's independence - and, as Inspector Rebus knows all too well, where there's big money at stake, darkness gathers.


The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
May 21 at 7 pmbrutal_telling.jpg

A sleepy vacation destination, the peace of Three Pines is shattered as families prepare to head back to the city and children say goodbye to summer.  A stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store, and clues point to the owner Oliver being the killer. The novel follows Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, who slowly is revealing the villager's secrets and follows a trail of clues and treasures into the woods and across the continent.


Socrates Cafe: Community Discussion Group

Huron Public Library is proud to present a monthly meeting of the grass roots community discussion movement, Socrates Café. The group is moderated by Jarret Pervola, professor of philosophy and the arts at Lorain County Community College. Pervola brought the concept to the Library in 2011. It is now entering its fourth successful year.

Summer Dates: Wednesdays- March 21, April 18, and May 16 at 7 pm

While dates are determined in advance on a season-by-season basis, discussion topics are not. Socrates Café is, in the spirit of its great philosophical namesake, concerned with allowing the participants of the regular discussions to determine the ongoing course of their conversations. Each month's topic flows out of the preceding meeting's conversation and hence the interests and concerns of those participating.


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