Book Discussions

“Books Sandwiched In” provides readers with a regular opportunity to participate in informal, facilitated discussion of noteworthy works of fiction and nonfiction. All are welcome to join us on the first Wednesday of the month at 11:30 pm.  Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch and share their thoughts on the current reading selection, copies of which are available on a first-come first-served basis at the circulation desk.

The group has established two annual traditions. In August, the group will discuss the book that has been selected for the Carolina Summer Reading Program. And in September, in recognition of Banned Books Week, the group will discuss a book that has been challenged or banned. Celebrated annually during the last week of September, Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association and the American Booksellers Association and endorsed by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

See the complete list of books 2004 – 2017.

Upcoming Book Discussions:

May
3
Wed
“Some Luck” by Jane Smiley @ CHPL Room C
May 3 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

This story chronicles the life and times of a remarkable family over three decades in America.  On their farm in Iowa, Rosanna and Walter abide by values they pass onto their five wildly different children.  Each chapter is a single year, beginning in 1920 as American soldiers like Walter return home from WWI. It goes through the 50’s at the start of enormous social and economic change.  As their children branch out, so does the story, eventually encompassing several generations, cities, and cultural movements.  Smiley has characters that take what life brings and puts them in what feels like simpler times.  This is a book said to be written with humor and affection.

Books Sandwiched In is open to the public.  You may bring a sandwich and share your thoughts on the book scheduled for discussion.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library, this group provides copies of current titles, available at the circulation desk on a first come, first served basis.

Jun
7
Wed
“The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough @ CHPL Room C
Jun 7 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story of the courageous brothers who
taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.  On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina two brothers from Ohio, changed history.  These bicycle mechanics attributed their success through courage and determination to their upbringing.  Their preacher father had books and they never stopped reading, both having ceaseless curiosity.  Wilbur was a genius and Orville had such mechanical ingenuity few had ever seen.  Having only high school, no money, no contacts in high places, they undertook their “mission” even with the reality of being killed.  As problems arose their sister Katherine contributed to their success.  The Wright Papers provided much of the documentation for this profoundly American story of heroes.

Books Sandwiched In is open to the public.  You may bring a sandwich and share your thoughts on the book scheduled for discussion.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library, this group provides copies of current titles, available at the circulation desk on a first come, first served basis.