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Book Club

This book club meets virtually. Please sign up here to get the link.

2024 Book Club Selections

March 16: Hello, Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

April 20: The Canary Girls By Jennifer Chiaverini 

May 18: Finding Me: A Memoir By Viola Davis

June 15: The Postcard, by Anne Berest

July 20: Lady Tan’s Circle of Women By Linda See

August 17:  The Women by Kristen Hannah

September 21: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

October 19: The Library book by Susan Orlean

November 16: Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff

December 21: The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

March 16 at 4 p.m.

Hello, Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

William Waters grew up in a house silenced by tragedy, where his parents could hardly bear to look at him, much less love him—so when he meets the spirited and ambitious Julia Padavano in his freshman year of college, it’s as if the world has lit up around him.

But then darkness from William’s past surfaces, jeopardizing not only Julia’s carefully orchestrated plans for their future, but the sisters’ unshakeable devotion to one another. The result is a catastrophic family rift that changes their lives for generations.



You can request a book, audiobook or e-book from the Midhudson library System. Please call the library with any questions, 845-657-2482.

April 20 at 4 p.m.

The Canary Girls By Jennifer Chiaverini

Early in the Great War, men left Britain’s factories in droves to enlist. Struggling to keep up production, arsenals hired women to build the weapons the military urgently needed. “Be the Girl Behind the Man Behind the Gun,” the recruitment posters beckoned.

Thousands of women–cooks, maids, shopgirls, and housewives–answered their nation’s call. These “munitionettes” worked grueling shifts often seven days a week, handling TNT and other explosives with little protective gear.

Among them is nineteen-year-old former housemaid April Tipton. Impressed by her friend Marjorie’s descriptions of higher wages, plentiful meals, and comfortable lodgings, she takes a job at Thornshire Arsenal near London, filling shells in the Danger Building–difficult, dangerous, and absolutely essential work.


You can request a book, or ebook from the Mid-Hudson library system.  Please call the library with any questions, 845-657-2482.

International Mystery

Book Club

In person, the 3rd Monday of each month at 2 p.m.

Masks are REQUIRED for this club.

2024 Book Club Selections

March 18: The Girl Who Died – Ragnar Jonasson – Modern Day Iceland & Strong Poison – Dorothy Sayers – Post WWI England

April 15: The Dying Detective – Leif Persson – Modern Day Sweden

May 20: Murder in Chianti – Camilla Trinchieri – Modern Day Italy & The Veiled One – Ruth Rendell – 1970’s England

June 17: Slow Horses – Mick Herron – Modern Day England

July 15: The Blackhouse – Peter May – Modern Day Scotland & The Black Tower – P.D. James – 1970’s England

August 19: Midnight at Malabar House – Vaseem Khan – 1950s Bombay

September 16: A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul – Shamini Flint – Singapore &  Maigret Bides His Time – Simenon Georges – 1950’s Paris

October 21: The Man Who Died – Antti Tuomainen – Finland

November 18: Malice – Keigo Higashino – Modern Day Japan

December 16: Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-Up – Emily Brightwell – Victorian England

March 18 at 2 p.m.

The Girl Who Died – Ragnar Jonasson – Modern Day

Una wants nothing more than to teach, but she has been unable to secure steady employment in Reykjavík. Her savings are depleted, her love life is nonexistent, and she cannot face another winter staring at the four walls of her shabby apartment. Celebrating Christmas and ringing in 1986 in the remote fishing hamlet of Skálar seems like a small price to pay for a chance to earn some teaching credentials and get her life back on track.

But Skálar isn’t just one of Iceland’s most isolated villages, it is home to just ten people. Una’s only students are two girls aged seven and nine. Teaching them only occupies so many hours in a day and the few adults she interacts with are civil but distant. She only seems to connect with Thór, a man she shares an attraction with but who is determined to keep her at arm’s length.


You can request a regular or large print book from the Mid-Hudson library system. Please call the library with any questions, 845-657-2482.

April 15 at 2 p.m.

The Dying Detective – Leif Persson – Modern Day Sweden

LARS MARTIN JOHANSSON is a living legend. Cunning and perceptive, always one step ahead, he was known in the National Criminal Police as “the man who could see around corners.” But now Johansson is retired, living in the country, his police days behind him. Or so he thinks. After suffering a stroke, Johansson finds himself in the hospital. Tests show heart problems as well. And the only thing that can save him from despair is his doctor’s mention of an unsolved murder case from years before. The victim: an innocent nine-year-old girl. Johansson is determined to solve the case, no matter his condition. With the help of his assistant, Matilda, an amateur detective, and Max, an orphan with a personal stake in the case, he launches an informal investigation from his hospital bed.


You can request a regular or large print book from the Mid-Hudson library system. Please call the library with any questions, 845-657-2482.

In person on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

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