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Girl in Hyacinth Blue
Foundations of Literacy 1
Foundations of Literacy 2
Foundations of Literacy 3
The Book of Life
Hypnotist's Love Story
Unbroken
First Phone Call from Heaven
Delicious!
Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Join us in September for a great discussion about Susan Vreeland's novel, "Girl in Hyacinth Blue". Vreeland's novel is "a luminous tale about art and human experience that is as breathtaking as any Vermeer painting". The story traces a painting from owner to owner back to the moment of its inspiration.

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Sat 09/13/2014 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Wed 09/17/2014 12:00 PM-02:00 PM
Foundations of Literacy 1

The Foundations of Literacy classes will focus on phonemic awareness, alphabetic principles, and phonics for children ages 4-6. This class will meet for five consecutive Saturdays, beginning September 6th and ending October 4th. Please call or come in to ensure a reserved spot for your child!

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Sat 09/06/2014 09:00 AM-10:00 AM
Foundations of Literacy 2

This class, for those 4-6 year olds who have already completed Foundations of Literacy 1, will continue the grow skills in phonemic awareness, alphabetic principles, and phonics. Foundations II will meet for five consecutive Saturdays, beginning September 6th and ending October 4th.

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Sat 09/06/2014 10:15 AM-11:15 AM
Foundations of Literacy 3

This Foundations of Literacy class, for 4-6 year olds who have already completed levels 1 and 2, will continue developing phonemic awareness, alphabetic principles, and phonics skills. Foundations III will meet for five consecutive Saturdays, beginning September 6th and ending October 4th.

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Sat 09/06/2014 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
The Book of Life

"After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago." Join us to discuss this book at a unique, one-time-only opportunity! We will meet at 7:00pm on Thursday, October 2nd. Call or come in to reserve a place for yourself--and perhaps a friend as well!

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Thu 10/02/2014 07:00 PM-09:00 PM
Hypnotist's Love Story

"Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk." Join us on Saturday, October 11th at 10:00am or on Wednesday the 15th at noon to discuss this great novel! Grab a bite to eat during the discussion, or enjoy a delicious snack :) Reservations are required so we can be prepared for each of you to arrive.

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Sat 10/11/2014 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Wed 10/15/2014 12:00 PM-02:00 PM
Unbroken

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit." Join us to discuss this great work of Laura Hillenbrand on either Saturday, November 15th at 10am or Wednesday the 19th at noon. Be sure to call or come in to reserve your place so we can be prepared for your arrival!

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Sat 11/15/2014 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Wed 11/19/2014 12:00 PM-02:00 PM
First Phone Call from Heaven

"The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief—and a page-turner that will touch your soul—Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected." Join us to discuss this great novel--and snag some great food to pair with it! Call or come in to let us know which day you will want to join, and we will be sure to prepare a place for you.

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Sat 12/13/2014 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Wed 12/17/2014 12:00 PM-02:00 PM
Delicious!

Join us for brunch, lunch, or dinner to discuss Ruth Reichl's novel, "Delicious!" Here's a quick peek into the storyline...."Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water—until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills. To Billie’s surprise, the lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery. In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard. Lulu’s letters provide Billie with a richer understanding of history, and a feeling of deep connection to the young writer whose courage in the face of hardship inspires Billie to comes to terms with her fears, her big sister and her ability to open her heart to love."

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Fri 08/22/2014 07:00 PM-09:00 PM

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