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August Wilson: American Century Cycle

Please join us virtually for a ten-week series where we will read and discuss plays written by renowned playwright  August Wilson. We will focus specifically on his American Century Cycle of ten plays, and read one play per week during this series. Raymond Maxwell, a member of the August Wilson Society, will facilitate. Please read each play before attending each session. To register, please contact my.nguyen@dc.gov The syllabus is as follows:

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The Intimidating Book Club: In Search of Lost Time

In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

Overview of The Intimidating Book Club Intended for those who have always wanted to read that one classic novel of gargantuan proportions but never did (or didn't finish). This group will read a notoriously lengthy book widely considered a classic, section by section, and meet monthly at 6:30 p.m. ET for a minimum one-hour discussion that may last through 8 p.m. Together, we'll get to the finish line. One word at a time.

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International Booker Prize: A reading discussion group

Please join me and others as we read and discuss novels that have won the Booker International Prize! We will meet virtually every other month at 6:30 PM ET beginning August 9, 2022. Meetings may last one to one and half hours. The first series will focus on winners from 2016-2018. Tuesday, August 9, 2022 The Vegetarian by Han Kang Translated by Deborah Smith

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Shakespeare Society: The Romances

The Shakespeare Society is a monthly Shakespeare reading and discussion group. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. We intend to read and discuss every single Shakespeare play in series-order, grouped in several series reflecting his tragedies, comedies, problem plays, romances and histories. There is no preferred edition. The West End Neighborhood Library's adult services librarian will facilitate the discussion. The group will continue to meet virtually. Please email my.nguyen@dc.gov for additional details.

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May The 4th Be With You

Star Wars Day at Parklands-Turner

This past May 4th was cause for celebration, as Parklands-Turner ushered in Star Wars Day! This was undeniably a day to remember for a number of our patrons who enjoy Star Wars. Led by our branch manager Kendra Jordan, patrons competed in a Star Wars-themed Lego building contest, competing for various prizes of treats. Check out some of the unique creations that were thought up!   

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The Intimidating Book Club: The Brothers Karamazov, Books 7-9

When intoxication and confessions intertwine, results can be mixed -- but, honestly, results usually aren’t good. With inhibitions lowered, you may accidentally-on-purpose reveal to your stamp-hating compatriots that you’ve been an ardent philatelist all along.

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The Intimidating Book Club: The Brothers Karamazov, Books 10-11

Are eyeglasses Satanic? Surely not! But perhaps the narrator in The Brothers Karamazov thinks so.

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The Intimidating Book Club: The Brothers Karamazov, Books XII-Epilogue

We devoted and sometimes not-so-gentle readers of The Intimidating Book Club are neither too proud nor afraid to ask ourselves the hard questions while we do our reading: Why is War and Peace so long? What is George Eliot’s real name? Isn’t Don Quixote super annoying?

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Shakespeare Society: Twelfth Night

What appeals to you -- Netflix and chill or Amazon Prime and commitment? Whatever your choice, either preference reveals a risk for excess and indolence. Binge watching all eleven seasons of The Walking Dead with your sweetheart may sound like a relaxing good time, but it’s also a recipe for deep vein thrombosis and a couch full of potato chip crumbs.

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Shakespeare Society: The Merchant of Venice

How do you define The Good? Portia, from The Merchant of Venice, takes a gander at this question that has preoccupied, and has arguably eluded, philosophers for millennia: “If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do," she observes, "chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottages princes’ palaces.”  Knowing good vs. doing good -- and if you're able to apply this knowledge into action, why on earth would there ever be a disconnect? (That is a rhetorical question, by the way.)

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