New Book Club!

True Story: a Non-Fiction Book Club, will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10am in the Conference Room on the Mezzanine.
Join us February 20 for the inaugural meeting where we will discuss The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel.

For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude–the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for twenty-seven years. In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even in winter, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store food and water, to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothes, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed, but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of the why and how of his secluded life–as well as the challenges he has faced returning to the world. A riveting story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.

 

Book Club Kits Are Here!

Let us help support your book club by providing multiple copies of books and discussion questions!

We have collected a wide-range of discussable books in great condition and put them in a canvas bag available for book clubs to borrow. We’ve included a folder with discussion questions and information about the author to encourage conversation among club members.

There will be at least 5 copies of the book in each kit, but most have kits have 10 book copies. Some kits will include an audiobook too! There are currently 11 kits to choose from and we plan to add more.

 

Tech Help Available

The library is offering 30-minute one-on-one tech help appointments with Robert McDonald on selected Fridays starting at 1pm at the Heights Branch Library and on selected Saturdays from 10am to noon at the Downtown Library.  Call 758-5454 for more information or to make an appointment.  Appointments can be also be made by visiting the library.

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