Great Books Reading & Discussion Group
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, March 26, 2018 · 7:00pm to 9:00pm · Auditorium

Register using code HMA302
“Criterion of a Good Form of Government,” by
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) 
. Mill was both a man of ideas and a man of action. He was a top official of the British East India Company, a leading political philosopher and even a member of Parliament. As an advocate for the school of philosophical Utilitarianism, Mill popularized the belief that government ought to promote the greatest amount of happiness for its citizens. This month’s selection, from Mill’s book Considerations on Representative Government, is a defense of the representative system. Mill considers it to be the best form of government.


Monday, April 16, 2018 · 7:00pm to 9:00pm · Auditorium

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“Masks,” by
George Santayana (1863-1952)
. Santayana was born in Spain, but raised in the United States. He was educated at Harvard where he later taught philosophy. He left teaching to live in Europe and devoted himself full time to writing. “Masks,” an essay that appears in his book Soliloquies in England and Other Soliloquies, is an exploration of the various disguises, or masks, that we all wear. “Among tragic masks may be counted all systems of philosophy and religion,” Santayana writes.

"Kiss Me, Kill Me" Mystery Book Discussion Group


Tuesday, March 20, 2018 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
.  Representing the system’s most unsavory characters while working as a criminal defense lawyer out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, jaded attorney Mickey Haller takes on his first high-paying and possibly innocent client in years but finds the case complicated by sinister events that suggest an evil perpetrator.   Registration required. Open to all.

jane steele

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
.  Suffering at the hands of cruel family members and brutal school administrators, sensitive orphan Jane Steele murderously retaliates against her abusers by taking a job as a governess, in a serial killer re-imagining of “Jane Eyre.”  Registration required. Open to all.

Geeks, Books & Coffee


Monday, March 26, 2018 · 6:00 pm · Station Small Meeting Room

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Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
. In the Third Age, an age of prophecy when the world and time themselves hang in the balance, the Dark One, imprisoned by the Creator, is stirring in Shayol Ghul.  Registration required.  HPL cardholders only.


Monday, April 30, 2018· 6:00 pm · Station Small Meeting Room

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Neuromancer by William Gibson
.  A 1984 science fiction novel by American-Canadian writer William Gibson. It is one of the best-known works in the cyberpunk genre and the first novel to win the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award.[1] It was Gibson's debut novel and the beginning of the Sprawl trilogy. The novel tells the story of a washed-up computer hacker hired by a mysterious employer to pull off the ultimate hack.  Registration required.  HPL cardholders only.