Book Event

Thursday, June 21, 2018

July 23rd at 1:00 p.m. - Lunch 'N Books: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

Join us on July 23 at 1:00 p.m. as we discuss The Plot Against America by Philip Roth. The novel begins in 1940, with the election of Charles Lindbergh, who blamed the Jews for pushing America toward war with Nazi Germany. Lindbergh’s admiration of Hitler and his openly anti Semitic speeches cause increasing turmoil in the Roth household, and in nine-year-old Philip, as political events abroad overtake their lives. History will not let go, and as America is whipped into a deadly frenzy by demagogues, the Roths begin to expect the worst. The novel explores the convulsive collision of history and family.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236

Discussion guide for The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.

Monday, June 11, 2018

June 19th at 1:00 p.m. - Lunch 'N Books: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Join us on June 19 at 1:00 p.m. as we discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. In Shaker Heights everything is planned. No one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren, an enigmatic artist and single mother who arrives with her daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this community. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236

Discussion guide for Little Fires Everywhere.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

June 7th - Adult Summer Reading Kickoff With Author Judy Blundell

Judy Blundell
The Reader Services Department of the East Meadow Public Library is thrilled to announce the kickoff of our seventh annual Adult Summer Reading Club on Thursday, June 7th. Register for our reading club and meet Judy Blundell, author of The High Season, who will be joining us for a book talk and signing at 7:30 p.m. The High Season is set on Orient Point and promises to be the ultimate summer read! The registration for our reading club will be held in the lobby from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and at the kickoff party which will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. After June 7th, you can register anytime at the Reference Desk or online. Our reading club will provide members the opportunity to attend exciting book events along with a delightful party at the end of the program.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

May 17th at 1:00 p.m. - Lunch 'N Books: Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan

Join us on May 17 at 1:00 p.m. as we discuss Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan, a novel based on the true story of a forgotten hero. Pino Lella, an Italian teenager, wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow. Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. Yet, after Pino is injured, he is recruited to become the driver for Hitler’s man in Italy, General Leyers. Now, Pino spies for the Allies inside the German High Command. He endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April 23rd at 1:00 p.m. - Lunch 'N Books: Spaceman by Mike Massimino – The 2018 Long Island Reads Choice

Join us on April 23 at 1:00 p.m. as we discuss Spaceman by Mike Massimino. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that’s about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you’re about to make will ruin humankind’s chance to unlock the universe’s secrets? Mike Massimino has been to space and back. Spaceman invites us into a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure, revealing just what having “the right stuff” really means.

Discussion Guide for Spaceman.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236

Thursday, March 22, 2018

April 17th at 6:30 p.m. – Meet the Author/Evening Book Discussion: The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Ellen Marie Wiseman
Join us on April 17 at 6:30 p.m. as we discuss The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman. From this acclaimed author comes a vivid, daring novel about the devastating power of family secrets – beginning in the poignant, lurid world of a Depression-era traveling circus, and coming full circle in the transformative 1950s.

On a summer evening in 1931, Lilly Blackwood glimpses circus lights from the grimy window of her attic bedroom. Lilly is never allowed to explore the meadows around Blackwood Manor. Yet, on this unforgettable night, Lilly is taken outside for the first time – and sold to the circus sideshow.

More than two decades later, nineteen-year-old Julia Blackwood has inherited her parents’ estate and horse farm. For Julia, home was an unhappy place, and she hopes that returning might erase painful memories. Instead, she becomes immersed in a mystery involving a hidden attic room and photos of circus scenes featuring a striking young girl.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

March 20th at 6:30 p.m. – Meet the Author/Evening Book Discussion: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW TOP TEN OF THE YEAR * NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 * USA TODAY TOP TEN OF 2017
Join us on March 20 at 6:30 p.m. as we discuss Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. In this gorgeous, page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew.

Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan’s finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee’s complex and passionate characters – strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis – survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236