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Daytona Beach Library Book discussion followed by movie at dusk

The Daytona Beach Library on City Island in conjunction with Cinematique will be offering free outdoor movies the first Friday of every month through October.

Each film screening will be preceded by a discussion of the corresponding book at 5 pm in the library auditorium. At dusk bring your lawn chairs or blankets to River Front Park (Beach Street and Magnolia) and enjoy the movie!  Concessions will be available: hot dogs, popcorn, candy, sodas.

For more information call Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036 x16264.
This program is free and open to the public.
This event is co-sponsored by the Daytona Beach Library Friends and VCPL.

March's selection is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women.  Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women- mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends-view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

Friday, March 2, 2012 at 5 pm at the Daytona Beach Library on City Island.
Rain date is March 9th.

Next book:

Emma by Jane Austen (April 2012)

DeLand Library Book Discussion Group

For more information contact Susan Fichter at 386-822-6430, ext. 109.
This program is free and open to the public.

March's selection is The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.

“Though more than sixty years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained its popularity and become one of the great modern classics. ‘I can only write what I know, and I know nothing but China, having always lived there,’ wrote Pearl Buck.

In The Good Earth she presents a graphic view of a China when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings for the ordinary people. This moving, classic story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-lan is must reading for those who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during this century. Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions and rewards. Her brilliant novel, beloved by millions of readers, is a universal tale of the destiny of man. “ (From a Volusia County Public Library catalog record)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 10 am at the DeLand Library.
Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm at the DeLand Library.

Next book:

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova (April 2012)

Deltona Library's Lunch Hour Book Club

For more information contact the Reference Desk at 386-789-7207, ext. 236.
This program is free and open to the public.

March's selection is Daughter of the Loom by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller.

This is book one of The Bells of Lowell series.
The mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, comes to life with intrigue and drama. Young women at the end of the 19th century seek employment from driven men intent on trans- forming America’s textile industry. Daughter of the Loom features Lilly Armbruster, who is forced to work in the mills as her only means for survival.

But Lilly’s resentment runs  deep against the “lords of the loom”- the men she believes have stolen her father’s farm and caused his premature death.  Her animosity happens to include Matthew Cheever, her childhood friend and one-time betrothed. Though separated by their opposing views about the future of the mill and the community that surrounds it, the emotions of their hearts still bind them. Will their dreams for the future allow their fragile love to survive?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 11:30 am at the Deltona Regional Library.

New Smyrna Beach Library's Select/Reflect Book Club

For more information contact Tobey Mason at 386-424-2910.
This program is free and open to the public.

March's selection is The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey: that boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love.

Book and a Film:  Read the book, watch the film, short discussion.

Monday, March 26, 2012 at 9:30 am at the New Smyrna Beach Library.

Next book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (April 2012)

Oak Hill Library's Book Club

For more information contact Linda Rutty at 386-345-5510.
This program is free and open to the public.

March's selection is Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt.

"John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.

It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters...and these and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else."

Friday, March 23, 2012 at 10:30 am at the Oak Hill Library.

Ormond Beach Library's Best Book Club Ever

For more information contact the Reference Desk at 386-676-4191, ext. 3.
This program is free and open to the public.

March's selection is Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff.

A Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer presents a swift, sympathetic life of one of history’s most maligned and legendary women...

Born in 69 BCE, Cleopatra entered a family for whom the word internecine was surely invented—killing family members standing in the way was routine, and Cleopatra was not above it. The young girl was intellectually quick, savvy and willing to learn, and she soon made her first significant conquest: Caesar. She came to Rome to see him, causing uproar, for Rome was an empire that had a gender test for human rights (women need not apply).  Schiff notes that Caesar’s assassination was a political disaster for Cleopatra, but she quickly recovered, won Antony and enjoyed a number of amazingly powerful and profligate years before history and the forces of Octavian brought her down. Successfully dissipating all the perfume, Schiff finds a remarkably complex woman—brutal and loving, dependent and independent, immensely strong but finally vulnerable. (Kirkus Sept. 2010)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 2 pm at the Ormond Beach Library.

Next book: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (April 2012)

Port Orange Library Book Discussion Group

For more information contact Anne Verdon at 386-322-5152, ext. 28.
This program is free and open to the public.

March's selection is Light on Snow by Anita Shreve.

What makes a family? That's what twelve-year-old Nicky Dillon wonders after she and her widowed father discover a wailing abandoned baby in the snow-filled woods near their New Hampshire home. Through the days that follow, the Dillons and an unexpected visitor who soon turns up at their door-a young woman evidently haunted by her own terrible choices-face a thicket of decisions, each seeming to carry equal possibilities of heartbreak and redemption. Writing with all the emotional resonance that has drawn millions of readers around the world to her fiction, Anita Shreve unfolds in Light on Snow a tender and surprising novel about love and its consequences. (from

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 10:30 am at the Port Orange Library.

Next book: Bossypants by Tina Fey (April 2012)

Let's Talk About It

The 2011-12 “Let’s Talk About It” lecture/discussion series sponsored by the DeLand Library Friends begins in November.  This year’s theme is “And Still Relevant” and includes a mix of classic and contemporary works with “timely” topics.

March's selection is Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen. 

Discussion presenter is Dr. William Nylen, Professor, Political Science, Stetson University

“R.J. Decker, star tenant of the local trailer park and neophyte private eye is fishing for a killer. Thanks to a sportsman's scam that's anything but sportsmanlike, there's a body floating in Coon Bog, Florida -- and a lot that's rotten in the murky waters of big-stakes, large-mouth bass tournaments. Here Decker will team up with a half-blind, half-mad hermit with an appetite for road kill; dare to kiss his ex-wife while she's in bed with her new husband; and face deadly TV evangelists, dangerously seductive women, and a pistol-toting redneck with a pit bull on his arm. And here his own life becomes part of the stakes. For while the "double whammy" is the lure, first prize is for the most ingenious murder.

Carl Hiaasen… has been a reporter and columnist for the Miami Herald since 1976, and is known for exposing scandal and corruption throughout southern Florida. He has received numerous state and national honors for his journalism and commentary…” (From a Volusia County Library catalog record)

Friday, March 16, 2012 at 10:15 am at the DeLand Library.

The series is free and open to the public.
A complete schedule of selections and dates is available at
the circulation desk of the DeLand Library.

Next book: This is the last title of the 2011-12 “Let’s Talk About It” series. This popular Friends of DeLand Library program will resume in November.

Library book club selections 2011

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