Escape From Saigon: Van's Story

Escape from Vietnam: Van's Story by Mabel Ngo November—January Our book for December and January will be Escape From Vietnam by Mabel Ngo. Mabel is a learner at the Monrovia Public Library and with her tutor, Eileen Blasius, she wrote about her father-in-law's escape from Vietnam and the difficulties he faced to save his family. If you would like to support the Literacy Center and purchase another copy of the book, they are on sale for $10 at the Friends Book Store. All the proceeds will go towards the Literacy Center. Book Dates December 9: Escape From Vietnam January 13: Escape from Vietnam (and choose new book) January 27: Escape from Vietnam Interview with author Mabel Ngo

The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage (1884)—Written by Stephen Crane Download here: The Red Badge of Courage The  Red Badge of Courage  is the story of Henry Fleming, a teenager who enlists with the Union Army in the hopes of fulfilling his dreams of glory. Shortly after enlisting, the reality of his decision sets in. He experiences tedious waiting, not immediate glory. The more he waits for battle, the more doubt and fear creeps into his mind. 6/24/19 : First chapter 7/8/19 : Read Ch. 2-3 7/22/19

April—National Poetry Month

Our choices for April include classic and contemporary American poetry and poetry from around the world. We will learn about metaphors and similes, and other figurative language. Bring your favorite poetry to share and come listen and read with us for National Poetry Month!

February Book Pick (Part II)

We finally received our books! To pick up your copy, give me a call or email, or just ask for me at the front desk. For our next book club, we will read to page 53, the end of Chapter 4.

February Book Pick

Our book choice for February will be some more short stories by Edgar Allan Poe ( January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849).  Poe is best known for his short stories, particular his tales of mystery and the macabre (disturbing and horrifying because of depictions of death and injury). He is an American Author, and is one of the country's earliest short story writers. He is also generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in an financially difficult life and career.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! Our Book Club will start on January 14, 2019 from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Heritage Room.  Our choice for the first book is a mystery book, The Blue Dragon by Ronald Tierney. A murder in a small apartment building in San Francisco's Chinatown prompts the absentee owner to hire Chinese American Peter Strand to calm the anxious tenants. But Strand isn't exactly what he appears to be. neither is the crime. Solving this crime will expose the secrets of the Blue Dragon and bring Strand face-to-face with a few ghosts of his own. I look forward to seeing you there!

New (possible) Book Choices for Book Club 2019

New (possible) Book Club Choices