Reviews and Blog Posts: Book Clubs

Make a Date with the Weekend!

Novel Night

With so many Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programs happening this weekend, you'll want to make a date with yourself to have fun, learn, and explore!

Start off your Saturday with Bear Valley's Saturday Morning Book Club at 10 a.m. This month's selection is Just Like Us by Helen Thorpe. Join the conversation!

Smiley's Ukulele Cafe is meeting on Saturday at 12:30! Come share some songs!

NPR Back-Seat Book Club: The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has selected a best-selling, eccentric adventure for March: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

The Mysterious Benedict Society is a curious story, indeed! It all starts with several children answering the following newspaper ad: "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" Once the chosen few have passed a series of bizarre tests, they are trained, their special gifts are sharpened, and they are set for – what else – an undercover mission to stop evil!

The Mystery of Taxes

The Beekeeper's Apprentice

Tax season got you baffled? Or need a good mystery to get your mind off of your taxes? Join Fresh City Life My Branch for a program this week!

Choose from 2 sessions of Tax Season: Planning and Strategizing this week! Either today, Tuesday, February 21 at 1 p.m. at Ross-Cherry Creek or Thursday, February 23 at 5 p.m. at Ross-University Hills. Both individuals and small business owners can learn how to maximize their returns with 10 strategies that will help you get the most out of your tax return.

February Picks for NPR's Back-Seat Book Club

The Hundred Dresses

This month NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has two selections: The Hundred Dresses and Shooting Kabul.

The Hundred Dresses is a 1944 classic by Eleanor Estes. In this age where bullying is a serious topic, the story of Wanda Petronski, who is teased for her name, where she lives, and the fact that she wears the same faded dress every day, will really hit-home with readers. Wanda insists she has one hundred beautiful dresses at home and when the girls at school mock her for it, she stops coming to school and her family decides to move to a bigger city.

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club January Selection

The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has announced their selection for January: The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963.

The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963 is the award-winning story of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, who take a trip to Alabama in the summer of 1963. Young readers will relate to Kenny, the 10-year-old narrator of the story – his authentic observations and reactions really bring the experiences of an African American family in the 1960s to life.

Books & Knitting to End the Year

The Girls from Ames

If you need a break from holiday madness, how about a Fresh City Life My Branch program? We'll soon be taking a holiday break, so join us while you can!

Bear Valley's Sit 'n Knit group meets on Tuesday, December 13 from 10:30-12:30. New to knitting or just want to share your know-how, this is the group for you!

Heartwarming and reflective stories are inviting on a chilly winter’s evening.

Eight become cooking school students and learn even more about life.

Moving, touching, wonderfully written and inspiring - adjectives that describe all these books and more.

The holiday season always brings about warm, fuzzy feelings to me. Memories of holidays of long ago bounce in and out of my reverie. The winter night that my sister and I spied Santa and Mrs. Santa putting our wished for swing set together in the backyard. It was a revelation for both of us. We never told Mom and Dad and we were “surprised” on Christmas day. The end of innocence.

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club Selects a Great Winter Read

Breadcrumbs

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has announced their selection for December, and it's a magical winter book for kids and parents/caregivers to read together.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu is the story of fifth-graders Hazel and Jack, who are best friends until a magic mirror and an evil queen turn Jack's heart to ice. Hazel knows what she has to do: go on a quest to save Jack's life!

It's an enchanting fantasy with beautiful black and white illustrations (and a gorgeous cover) that really bring the story to life. Breadcrumbs is a middle grade chapter book, but the story is sure to captivate readers of all ages.

Get Creative With Fresh City Life My Branch!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Whether you want to be creative with your cooking, your writing, or in how you read & discuss books, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch event this week!

The Between the Covers Book Discussion Group meets Tuesday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. This month's title is The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard.

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for ages 9-14

The Graveyard Book

National Public Radio (NPR) has started a special project for listeners ages 9-14: the Back-Seat Book Club. Beginning in October, the show All Things Considered would like young listeners and their parents to read a selected book each month and then join in the conversation with that book's author. They want to know what you think and give the author a chance to answer questions you have about the book!

The first selection in the Back-Seat Book Club is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which is perfect for Halloween. It's the story of Nobody Owens, a boy who is normal in every way – except that he has been raised by ghosts in a graveyard.

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