December Calendar

Children’s Storytime 


Join us every week for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity!

Monthly Poetry Club

Thursday, December 8- 6:30-7:30pm

Welcome Poetry Lovers!   All are Invited!!

We are delighted to have Elvis Alves as our featured poet this month. Read an interview with Elvis about his writing process and poetic inspirations at  Join us on December 8 and share a poem or two!

Elvis Alves is the author of the poetry collection Bitter Melon. He was born in Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He currently lives and teaches in Newtown, PA. Elvis’s work has appeared in several magazines, journals, and anthologies. He was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry. He writes for the GoodMenProject, The Compulsive Reader, and is an editor for the Rathalla Review.

The first half of the monthly meeting is devoted to a reading by a featured poet from the group or by a published poet. The second half hour allows open mike time for group members to share a few poems they’ve written, or they may choose to read poems written by their favorite poets.  In the future, we may include poetry workshops to the group’s activities.  If you are interested in sharing a collection of poems, please email Lynn at .

The meeting will be facilitated by Lynn Fanok, who has written a collection of poems about her experiences as a survivor’s daughter examining her family, memory, and history. Her poetry has appeared in Burnt Bridge and other journals. Lynn holds degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University and Arcadia University. You’ll find some of her poetry at

All are invited and welcome to join us!

Cookbook Club “Literate Epicures” 

Tuesday, December 13 – 7:00pm

Please join us on December 13th at 7pm for our December Cookbook Club! All members should bring their favorite appetizer or dessert with 15 copies of the recipe to the meeting on the 13th.  We will not be reviewing a specific cookbook but will enjoy everyone’s recipe that they will be sharing as well as each other’s company during the holiday season.  All are invited to join us!  Please email if you are not on the mailing list and would like to come.

An Evening with Penn Rhodeen

Wednesday, December 14 – 7:00pm

Please join the Newtown Bookshop as we welcome author, Penn Rhodeen on December 14th at 7pm.  Penn will be featuring his book “Peacerunner: The True Story of How an Ex-Congressman Helped End the Centuries of War in Ireland” with a reading, question and answer, and booksigning.  All are invited to attend.

About the book:

This is the true story of a little known American politician who played a critical role in ending centuries of conflict in Ireland. Operating without any official position or assignment, willing to meet with everyone—even those widely seen as terrorists—former congressman Bruce Morrison helped end a brutal conflict that most observers thought would continue indefinitely. Warfare, ranging from active hostilities to seething tension, was the norm between the Irish and the English since the English invasion in 1169. During the Troubles that began in 1969, Northern Ireland was a land where sudden death from political violence was ever-present on a scale unimaginable to Americans, and where hope seemed beyond possibility. Yet the 1998 Good Friday agreement ended the warfare and changed world history. Peacerunner is a key inside story of how that miracle came about.

Praise for “Peacerunner”:

“This gripping and wonderful story is personal for me. I was born and raised in Northern Ireland, and as I started my professional acting career in Belfast, the violence of the Troubles was raging. Bruce Morrison and the other heroes (unsung to my mind) of this terrific book accomplished the seemingly impossible and ultimately miraculous! The world needs more stories like this and more men like this. This is a must-read.” —Liam Neeson

“Peacerunner is a riveting account of the nonviolent tactics used to bring peace to Northern Ireland. Bruce Morrison is a true humanitarian devoted to reconciliation. His commitment to justice and the highest use of political service is an inspiration to us all.” —John Lewis, US Representative

About the author:

Penn Rhodeen is a practicing lawyer in New Haven, Connecticut. He was a staff lawyer for the New Haven Legal Assistance Association and then began a private practice focused primarily on matters involving children and on medical malpractice cases. He is a lecturer at the Yale Child Study Center and was counsel to the New Haven Police Department. Before law school he was a newspaper reporter and a school teacher. He has been involved since high school in political campaigns ranging from local to presidential. He heard Martin Luther King speak of his dream during the March of Washington, watched the Kennedy funeral procession from the North Lawn of the White House and went to Woodstock.

Daytime Book Club & Evening Book Club

Daytime: Thursday, December 15 – 11:15am

Evening: Tuesday, December 27 – 7:00pm

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future.
In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf s inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis s wife. His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with.
Their brave adventures their pleasures and their difficulties are hugely involving and truly resonant, making “Our Souls at Night” the perfect final installment to this beloved writer s enduring contribution to American literature.



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