Great Falls (First Thursday Book Club)
The Great Falls Library hosts a book club for adults year round on the first Thursday of the month. If you are interested in joining, you should stop by the Great Falls Library’s circulation desk or call the Great Falls Library at 803-482-2149 for more information.
This book club meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. in the Great Falls Library’s Meeting Room.
Founded: June 2014
“That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word.”
New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.
Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family— which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother— he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.
Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.
The Lewisville Community Library hosts a book club for adults year round on the fourth Thursday of the month. If you are interested in joining, you should stop by the Lewisville Community Library’s circulation desk or call the Lewisville Community Library at 803-789-7800 for more information.
This book club meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Lewisville Community Library’s Meeting Room.
Founded: April 2019
|A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.|
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
The Chester Main Library hosts a book club for adults year round (with a summer break June-August) on the third Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in joining, you should stop by the Chester Main Library’s circulation desk or call the Chester Main Library at 803-377-8145 for more information.
This book club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 11:15 a.m. in the Main Library’s Meeting Room.
This club is currently meeting via e-mail.
In 1883, the New York Times prints a lengthy rave of Alva Vanderbilt’s Fifth Ave. costume ball–a coup for the former Alva Smith, who not long before was destitute, her family’s good name useless on its own. Marrying into the newly rich but socially scorned Vanderbilt clan, a union contrived by Alva’s bestfriend and now-Duchess of Manchester, saved the Smiths–and elevated the Vanderbilts.
From outside, Alva seems to have it all and want more. She does have a knack for getting all she tries for: the costume ball–no mere amusement–wrests acceptance from doyenne Caroline Astor. Denied abox at the Academy of Music, Alva founds The Met. No obstacle puts her off for long.
But how much of ambition arises from insecurity? From despair? From refusal to play insipid games by absurd rules? –There are, however, consequences to breaking those rules. One must tread carefully.
And what of her maddening sister-in-law, Alice? Her husband William, who’s hiding a terrible betrayal? The not-entirely-unwelcome attentions of his friend Oliver Belmont, who is everything William is not? What of her own best friend, whose troubles cast a wide net?
Alva will build mansions, push boundaries, test friendships, and marry her daughter to England’s most eligible duke or die trying. She means to do right by all, but good behavior will only get a woman so far. What is the price of going further? What might be the rewards? There’s only one way to know for certain…
Chester Teen (R4L – Reading for Life)
The Chester Main Library hosts a book club for teens in grades 6 to 8 during the Fall (September to December) on the third Thursday of the month. If you are interested in joining, you should stop by the Chester Main Library’s circulation desk or call the Chester Main Library at 803-377-8145 for more information.
This book club meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:00 p.m. virtually in Google Meetup.
Founded: September 2020
There is no escape for Ben McKee. For weeks, he’s covered the bruises on his body. He’s even lied to his teachers and new friends at Bluford High School. But the trouble in Ben’s house isnt’t going away. And if he doesn’t act soon, it could swallow him and his mother forever.