Issues and Interests is a discussion group that meets twice a month. Each meeting focuses
on a different topic chosen by our group members. Anyone can attend, and anyone
can volunteer to choose a topic for a future meeting. Healthy debate is encouraged,
our goals are to educate one another and be exposed to new information
and different points of view.
Meetings are held the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
From 5:30 - 6:30 PM
All are welcome!
This program is designed to appeal to all ages - a chance to join
other community residents
to enjoy a variety of activities such as - simply conversing, working individually on a project,
adult coloring, partnering to play board games or cards, doing puzzles, extreme dot-to-dot, etc.
There are science kits & new electronic-building kits available to learn & challenge!
We are always OPEN to new ideas for activities!
Light refreshments will be available
NOTE: Friday February 23 meeting is canceled
Free Computer Classes with Rajabali Karimi
Thursdays 2:30-3:30 PM
Sign up now to reserve your seat & to let us know how we can best serve you!
The group will meet at the library on Tuesday, March 20, 2:30 p.m.
Come in to pick up a copy of the printed discussion schedule at the circulation desk.
Copies of the book are available at the library and through OFF THE BEATEN PATH.
Those attending are encouraged to bring recommendations for titles
to be discussed at future meetings.
Meetings Scheduled - 3rd Tuesday of month at 2:30 pm
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (F)
This is a literary masterpiece that defies expectation. A dazzling examination of a marriage,
it is also a portrait of a creative partnership. Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about
love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollard (NF)
What should we have for dinner? Ten years ago, Michael Pollard confronted us with
this seemingly simple question and, with The Omnivore’s Dilemma, his brilliant and
eye-opening exploration of our food choices, demonstrated that how we answer it
today may determine not only our health but our survival as a species. Pollard’s
revolutionary examination has changed the way Americans think about food.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys (F)
Winter 1945. WWII. Four refugees. Four stories. This masterful work of historical fiction
is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff – the
greatest maritime disaster in history.
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore (F)
A thrilling novel based on actual events, about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition,
and the battle to electrify America. “Graham Moore takes us back to the dawn of
light--electric light--into a world of invention and skullduggery, populated by the likes
of Edison, Westinghouse, Tesla, and the novel's hero, a young lawyer named
Paul Cravath (a name that will resonate with ambitious law students everywhere).
It's part legal thriller, part tour of a magical time--the age of wonder--and once you've
finished it, you'll find it hard to return to the world of now." --Erik Larson, author of
The Devil in the White City
News of the World by Paulette Jiles (F)
In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern
Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of
the world. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young white
orphan who has been raised by the Kiowa to her relatives in San Antonio. Arriving
in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand
Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard
her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible
choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.
In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides (NF)
On July 8, 1879, Captain George Washington De Long and his team of thirty-two
men set sail from San Francisco on the USS Jeanette. Heading deep into
uncharted Arctic waters, they carried the aspirations of a young country burning
to be the first nation to reach the North Pole. Two years into the harrowing voyage,
the Jeannette's hull was breached by an impassable stretch of pack ice, forcing
the crew to abandon ship amid torrents of rushing water. The ship sunk
marooning the men a thousand miles north of Siberia, where they faced a
terrifying march with minimal supplies across the endless ice pack. With thrilling
twists and turns, this is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the
most brutal place on Earth.
Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly (NF)
A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard
the International Space Station. A candid account of his remarkable voyage, of
the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (NF)
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the
Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land,
they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to
study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. As the death
toll climbed to more than twenty cases, a former Texas Ranger, Tom White, was
named to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including
one of the only American Indian agents in the FBI. Together with the Osage they
began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance (NF)
A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, this
is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And, it is an urgent and troubling
meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (F)
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned –
from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful
lives its resident will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than
Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren
who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl and rents a house
from the Richardsons. But, Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for
a the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
HERITAGE ROOM EXHIBIT
SWCS Student Show for the month of March
Reception for the artists will be Tuesday March 6 5:30 - 7:00