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African American Book Club

Join us as we read and discuss African-American literature each month. Books will include fiction and non-fiction. Stories might be about black lives, or stories might be written by black authors. Books are available for checkout on the hold shelf in the circulation area.

Meets on February  28th
6 – 7:30 PM
By Yaa Gyasi

 Ghana, eighteenth century: two half-sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

GoodReads Book Club

We are hosting a no-pressure online book club. Every two months a new book will be chosen and discussion questions will be added. Please answer the questions whenever works best for you! Books will be available for checkout on the holds shelf in the circulation area.

To register:

Email Hope at hstandifer@mapld.org to get the registration link. You also must have a Goodreads account to participate.

The Selection For January 1st- February 30th


by Rivers Solomon

Vern—seven months pregnant and desperate to escape the strict religious compound where she was raised—flees for the shelter of the woods. There, she gives birth to twins, and plans to raise them far from the influence of the outside world.
But even in the forest, Vern is a hunted woman. Forced to fight back against the community that refuses to let her go, she unleashes incredible brutality far beyond what a person should be capable of, her body wracked by inexplicable and uncanny changes. – Amazon



Morning Book Club

Morning Book Club is back in September. Refreshments will be served. Books are available for checkout four weeks before the discussion date. Meet on the 4th Monday of the month. Books are available for check out on the the holds shelf in the circulation area. 

Meets on February 26th
The featured book is

10:15 – 11:45 AM
Invisible Man
By Ralph Ellison

 In this deeply compelling novel and epic milestone of American literature, a nameless narrator tells his story from the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. He describes growing up in a Black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of “the Brotherhood,” before retreating amid violence and confusion. – Amazon


Book Match-up (Reader's Advisor)

Are you in a reading rut? Do you need help finding that next great read? Then fill out the form, and we can help you on your reading journey! The library will have your list ready within 72 hours. You can also contact us at asdept@mapld.org or all us at 708-748-4431.

Find the questionnaire here!

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