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Book Club

Posted by Ardyce on 24th April 2015

May 19, 2015
1:00 pm

The book club will be reading Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.


From Goodreads :
From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities.

In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human.

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting“ in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter — Annawadi’s “most-everything girl” — will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.”

But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.

With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.

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Book Club

Posted by Ardyce on 18th March 2015

April 21, 2015
1:00 pm

The Pember Book Club is reading In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larsen.


Join us for a discussion of the book on April 21 at 1:00 PM

Berlin,1933. William E. Dodd, a mild-mannered academic from Chicago, has to his own and everyone else’s surprise, become America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany, in a year that proves to be a turning point in history.

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Fun Erupts at the Pember

Posted by Ardyce on 16th January 2015

February 18, 2015
3:30 pmto4:30 pm
March 4, 2015
3:30 pmto4:30 pm
March 18, 2015
3:30 pmto4:30 pm
April 22, 2015
3:30 pmto4:30 pm
May 20, 2015
3:30 pmto4:30 pm

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February through May, the Pember Library and the Pember Museum will present several joint programs. Each program will feature books, science and a fun project or video.

On February 18, 3:30 to 4:30 PM, “Fun Explodes” at the Pember. There will be a volcano competition between the library and museum. Vote on your favorite and watch them erupt. Touch real volcanic glass; see a short video on volcanoes and find more information using books available in the library.

This discovery program is free, open to school-age children and held in the library, 33 West Main St, Granville NY.



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Summer reading lists

Posted by Ardyce on 6th August 2014

There’s still time to help your kids catch up on their summer reading! Here are some lists of recommended books.
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Book Donations

Posted by Ardyce on 27th June 2014

We regret that we can’t accept any more book donations until after July 22.

Our storage area is filling up Fast!

Please remember that we can’t accept books that are torn or dirty and if they smell “funky,” we will put them in the garbage.

The Friend’s book sale (and Slate Valley Garden Club plant & bake sale) will take place Friday, July 11, 12:00 -5:00 PM and Saturday, July 12, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

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