Every THIRD Thursday of the month! 10:15am – June 15
Join us every month for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity! This month please join us as we host the Bucks County Free Library, Langhorne branch, for a family-friendly Pop-up stortyime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, and movement!
Monthly Poetry Club
Thursday, June 8 – 6:30-7:30pm
We are so excited to have Bernadette Karpa, Carly Volpe, and Elizabeth Austin, three outstanding poets joining us on Thursday, June 8 at 6:30pm! We look forward to seeing you at the Newtown Bookshop!
Be sure to check out Elizabeth’s interview at lynnfanok.weebly.com.
Elizabeth Austin is a poet, photographer, and visual artist. She is currently a graduate student in Creative Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in the Schuylkill Valley Journal, See Spot Run, Foliate Oak, and Driftwood Press, and has been featured in a collaborative exhibit with photographer Sarah Jane Sanders at the Norton Center for the Arts. She currently lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania with her two children. Follow her adventures on Instagram: @elizabethbeingqueen.
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 email@example.com .
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 lynnfanok.weebly.com.
All are invited and welcome to join us!
Cookbook Club “Literate Epicures”
Tuesday, June 13 – 7:00pm
For June, we’re switching things up! Everyone will be given one ingredient to then go and prepare a recipe to bring to the meeting highlighting that ingredient. Ingredients will be given out at the May meeting. If you do not attend, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your ingredient!
Daytime Book Club
Thursday, June 15 – 11:15am
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space
Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women. Originally math teachers in the South’s segregated public schools, these gifted professionals answered Uncle Sam’s call during the labor shortages of World War II. With new jobs at the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia, they finally had a shot at jobs that would push their skills to the limits.
Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.
Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden–four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades as they faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.
An Afternoon with Jillian Cantor
Saturday, June 17 – 1:00pm
Please join us on Saturday, June 17th at 1pm as we welcome award winning author Jillian Cantor featuring her new book “The Lost Letter” at the Free Library of Northampton Township. This will be a free event but please click here to reserve your free seat.
About the book:
COMING IN JUNE: A NOVEL OF LOVE & SURVIVAL
INSPIRED BY REAL WWII RESISTANCE MEMBERS
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE HOURS COUNT & MARGOT
“Past and present collide in Jillian Cantor’s latest propulsive and eloquent gem of a novel. Cantor captures the gravity of wartime Europe and combines it with powerful stories of love, loss and self-discovery. The Lost Letter is transporting; its flawless, breathtaking finale will make readers fall deeply in love with this stunning tale.”
—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl
“A vivid and original book which spans World War II Austria to modern day Los Angeles. In this unforgettable tale of memories, love and reconciliation, Cantor writes with an absorbing voice and keen eye for detail that caught me up in the sweep of history.”
—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Kommandant’s Girl
Cantor brings her masterful storytelling and immersive world-building to a heart wrenching love story that transcends decades, continents, and the brutal chaos of the second World War. From a stamp engraver’s apprentice in Austria on the eve of Kristallnacht to a journalist coping with her father’s memory loss in Los Angeles in 1989, THE LOST LETTER traces the path of a mysterious love letter that connects generations of Jewish families. Expertly weaving together stories inspired by real WWII resistance workers who used coded messages in stamps to communicate and a propulsive modern day family mystery, THE LOST LETTER explores what it means to love across time and place. A beautiful, poignant and devastating novel, THE LOST LETTER illuminates the lasting power of love. With international rights sold and already set to be translated into nine languages, the stories at the heart of THE LOST LETTER are universal and necessary.
About the Author
Jillian Cantor has a BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from the University of Arizona. She is the author of award-winning novels for teens and adults, including, most recently, the critically acclaimed The Hours Count and Margot, which was a Library Reads pick. Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Cantor currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons. Her new novel The Lost Letter is forthcoming from Riverhead Books on June 13, 2017.
Book Talk with Norman Weistuch
Monday, June 19 – 7:00pm
Please join us as we welcome Norman Weistuch Ph.D. to the Newtown Bookshop on June 19th at 7pm featuring his book “A Kid From the Bronx”! All are invited!
Dr. Norman Weistuch grew up in the Bronx in the 1950s to 1960s and was educated in the public schools during the first wave of desegregation in the city. Educated through his master’s degree in school psychology at the City College of New York, he was exposed to a professor while an undergraduate student Dr. Kenneth B. Clark, who was the prime witness in the Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954 that led to desegregation of the public schools. Dr. Clark was noteworthy in attempting to bring large amounts of money through his nonprofit Haryou to the Harlem community with disappointing results.
This thinking has had a profound effect on the author, who continued his education through his PhD in school psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. After working for a Head Start Program in Pennsylvania, Dr. Weistuch moved to New Jersey and has worked for numerous school districts and special school programs and developed a private practice in Princeton, New Jersey. In addition to advocating with families having issues with their local school districts about special education placements, Dr. Weistuch also spent several years consulting for Child Protective Services in that state. He has experienced great disillusionment about the process of providing sound clinical and school-related services in both the special education arena and the arena involving child protection, and he has interviewed parents and offered suggestions about how to make things better.
Evening Book Club
Tuesday, June 27 – 7:00pm
Lazaretto by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
In a city riven by racial tension, the father’s transgression is unforgivable. He arranges to take the baby, so it falls to Sylvia, the midwife’s teenage apprentice, to tell the mother, Meda, that her child is dead–a lie that will define the course of both women’s lives. A devastated Meda dedicates herself to working in an orphanage and becomes a surrogate mother to two white boys; while Sylvia, fueled by her guilt, throws herself into her nursing studies and finds a post at the Lazaretto, the country’s first quarantine hospital, situated near the Delaware River, just south of Philadelphia.
The Lazaretto is a crucible of life and death; sick passengers and corpses are quarantined here, but this is also the place where immigrants take their first steps toward the American dream. The live-in staff are mostly black Philadelphians, and when two of them arrange to marry, the city’s black community prepares for a party on its grounds. But the celebration is plunged into chaos when gunshots ring out across the river.
As Sylvia races to save the victim, the fates of Meda’s beloved orphans also converge on the Lazaretto. Here conflicts escalate, lies collapse, and secrets begin to surface. Like dead men rising, past sins cannot be contained.