GreatBooksA dynamic, liberal arts education, for free at the public library!  Huntington Public Library's Great Books Reading and Discussion Group meets once a month to discuss works from a curriculum designed and published by the Great Books Foundation, an independent, nonprofit educational organization established in 1947 by University of Chicago educators Robert Maynard Hutchins and Mortimer Adler. Its mission is “to empower readers of all ages to become more reflective and responsible thinkers.”  To register, please use the program code HMA302.  For more information, contact Tom Cohn at .

Upcoming Great Book Discussions


Monday, October 28, 2019 · 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm · Auditorium

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"The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg" by Mark Twain (1835–1910).  
Twain tells us his fictional town of Hadleyburg “was the most honest and upright town in all the region around it.” That reputation is challenged when a mysterious visitor arrives at the home of an “old cashier of the bank,” Richards, and leaves a sack of gold with a note. It says that years earlier the man was destitute and a local resident gave him twenty dollars to get back on his feet. The sack of gold is repayment for the kindness. Only thing is, his benefactor has to be found. It sets in motion a chain of events that demonstrates that Hadleyburg isn’t such a moral place after all!


Monday, November 25, 2019 · 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm · Auditorium

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“On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life,” by
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
. German philosopher Nietzsche begins this piece with a quote from Goethe, “I hate everything that merely instructs me without increasing or directly quickening my activity.” In other words, Nietzsche is skeptical about knowledge that does not lead to action. History, the study of the human past, can be either a useful or a pointless pursuit according to Nietzsche. The piece, originally published in German as Vom Nutzen und Nachteil der Historie für das Leben is evidence of Nietzsche’s ability to shock and provoke us. It displays Nietzsche’s gift for aphorisms in lines such as, “The unhistorical and the historical are equally necessary for the health of an individual, a people, and a culture.”


"Kiss Me, Kill Me" Mystery Book Discussion Group


Tuesday, October 15, 2019 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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Let Me Go by Chelsea Cain
.  Detective Archie Sheridan knows time is running out. Halloween is near, escaped serial killer Gretchen Lowell is on the loose and a DEA agent has been murdered. Will his only chance be to give his nemesis what she wants?  Registration required. Open to all.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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The Falls – An Inspector Rebus Novel by Ian Rankin
.  A student vanishes in Edinburgh and her wealthy family of bankers ensure Detective Inspector John Rebus is under pressure to find her. A carved wooden doll in a coffin found near her East Lothian home leads Rebus to an Internet role-playing game in which she was involved.  Please Note: This will be a "From Page To Screen" Discussion. Read the book on your own, then join us in watching an episode from the British television series and participate in an interesting discussion of the book and film.   Registration required. Open to all.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
.  No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet, ineffectual husband. Not the pallid, spineless photographer who was her lover. Not even her tremendously fat, eleven-year-old daughter Crie, dubbed "Brie" by her hateful classmates. And certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quecbec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet.  Please Note: This will be a "Pizza & A Book Discussion to Celebrate the Holidays! Discuss the book, while enjoying delicious pizza to celebrate the end of year holidays.  Registration required. Open to all.

Geeks, Books & Coffee


Monday, August 26, 2019 · 6:00 pm · Station Meeting Room 1, First Floor

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NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
.  Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things : a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it's across Massacusetts or across the country. Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing--and terrifying--playground of amusements he calls "Christmasland." Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble--and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx's unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He's on the road again and he's picked up a new passenger : Vic's own son.  Registration required.  Open to All.


Monday, September 30, 2019 · 6:00 pm · Station Meeting Room 1, First Floor

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The Once and Future King by T. H. White
. A retelling of the saga of King Arthur. Once upon a time, a young boy called "Wart" was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn't possibly imagine. A future in which he would ally himself with the greatest knights, love a legendary queen and unite a country dedicated to chivalrous values.   Registration required.  Open to All.


Monday, October 28, 2019 · 6:00 pm · Station Meeting Room 1, First Floor

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Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
. Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive, Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.    Registration required.  Open to All.


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