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Join the Club: Shelter in a Good Book!

Book clubs you can do from home

Tea With Jeeves

Tea with Jeeves

Project Gutenberg eBook Link: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/65974
Read-Aloud Group (Monday-Thursday at 3 p.m.): https://facebook.com/groups/SDPLtea
Activities: Tune in Monday-Thursday at 3 p.m. to stream a read-aloud from Carry on Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse. The videos will be also be available for later viewing.  Drinking tea while listening to this romantic classic is encouraged but not required.
Book Description: Carry On, Jeeves (1925) is a collection of ten short stories by P.G. Wodehouse. Jeeves is the unflappable and extremely competent valet to Bertie Wooster, a wealthy and less-competent young Londoner. Many of the stories had previously appeared in magazines and some were rewritten versions of stories in the collection My Man Jeeves (1919).
Author Bio: P.G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse (1881–1975) was an English author and one of the most widely read humorists of the 20th century. His most-famous characters were the feather-brained Bertie Wooster and his sagacious valet, Jeeves. Wodehouse was a prolific writer throughout his life, publishing more than ninety books, forty plays, two hundred short stories and other writings between 1902 and 1974.
Previous Readings: Check out the Library's YouTube channel to watch previous readings by clicking on the different playlists below.

Short Classics Book Club

Welcome to the Short Classics Book Club! This is a live discussion group held each month on Zoom to discuss the shortest of the greatest books of all time.
Current Selection
Title: A Jury of Her Peers  |  Author: Susan Glaspell
Project Gutenberg eBook | Librivox Audio Book

Short Classics Book Club Facebook Group
Tuesday, May 31st at 4:30 p.m. | Link to Zoom Discussion Group
Author Bio: Susan Keating Glaspell (July 1, 1876 – July 28, 1948) was an American playwright, novelist, journalist and actress. With her husband George Cram Cook, she founded the Provincetown Players, the first modern American theatre company. First known for her short stories (fifty were published), Glaspell also wrote nine novels, fifteen plays, and a biography. Often set in her native Midwest, these semi-autobiographical tales typically explore contemporary social issues, such as gender, ethics, and dissent, while featuring deep, sympathetic characters who make principled stands. Her 1930 play Alison’s House earned her the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. She was also noted for discovering playwright Eugene O’Neill.

Book Description: A short story, loosely based on the 1900 murder of John Hossack (not the famed abolitionist), which Glaspell covered while working as a journalist for the Des Moines Daily News. It is seen as an example of early feminist literature because two female characters are able to solve a mystery that the male characters cannot. They are aided by their knowledge of women's psychology.

Study/Discussion Questions:

  1. How do Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale eventually come to understand and empathize with each other by the end of the story?
  2. Did Minnie kill John in self-defense? Why or why not?
  3. How do the women differ in their communication methods from the men throughout the text?
  4. How did the women act on the basis of their knowledge/experience? Do you think their actions were legal or illegal? Would you say their actions were just or unjust? What are your criteria for deciding these questions?

SDPL Short Classics Book Club 

Modern Classics Book Club

Welcome to our virtual book club!  We will be discussing a wide variety of books ranging from classic selections to modern literature.

Current Selection
Title: The Way the Crow Flies | Author: Ann-Marie MacDonald

Printed books via our Catalog
Schedule: Chapters posted Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m.
Author Bio: Ann-Marie MacDonald (1958-) was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is a successful author, playwright and actress that has won multiple awards including the Commonwealth Writers prize, Governor General’s Award for Drama, the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award, and the Canadian Author’s Association Drama Award.
Book Description: The Way the Crow Flies is set in the early 1960s as the U.S enters the space race, while the Cold War looms. Told through the eyes of Madeleine McCarthy, a precocious 9 year old, the novel promises to capture the imagination as we follow the McCarthy family to their new military posting in Centralia, Canada. The neighborhood is full of interesting and mysterious characters, including Madeleine’s own father. Jack just might be harboring secrets of his own.