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Every June, LGBTQ persons take time to celebrate their shared history and culture. Those who have bravely persevered for their civil rights and equal liberties are revered as pioneers and leaders, speaking for the voices of many whose own have been marginalized. At the Hoover Library, materials are available for learning about the history, as well as current topics, of the LGBTQ community.

The Library’s Insatiable Readers Group discussed Adventurous Travel on Saturday, June 16, 2018.  The titles presented are listed below.

Tip of the Iceberg by Mark Adams

Outside Magazine sent Jon Krakauer to climb Mt. Everest in May, 1996, so he could gather information to write an article on how commericialized the climbing of the mountain had become. They got more than they bargained for. The weather on Mt. Everest that May was one of the worst ever, resulting in five climbers being killed and one marred for life.

Krakauer writes an astonishing first-hand account of those events He is critical of himself as well as the others who were climbing. Such a sobering occurrence in which several seasoned climbers were killed left Krakauer trying to put the puzzle pieces together to help explain why this tragedy happened. He comes up with several theories that are disturbing and give one pause for thoughtful consideration.

Have you ever wondered what the authors that you like are reading? Which books do they treasure and which ones helped to shape them into the authors they are now? In The Book That Changed My Life edited by Diane Osen, you can read about different award-winning authors and the books that shaped them. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and two-time National Book Award winner David McCullough talks about two books that changed his life as a boy and a young man. Alice McDermott, another National Book Award winner, discusses the impact that reading Wuthering Heights had on her, and how it inspired her interest in both the storyteller and storytelling. James Carroll tells us about some of the books that had life-changing potential.

Magazines are available at the library. You can check out at an unlimited amount of past issues magazines for three weeks at a time. Current issues are available to read in the library only and are located on the Plaza. There are as many categories as possible represented: business, gardening, entertainment, fashion and more. We have titles ranging from Forbes to People to Better Home and Gardens.  

The Library’s Insatiable Readers group discussed "Amazing Animals" on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

The titles presented are listed below:

Elizabeth Gilbert had nothing to lose. She had both a failed marriage and relationship behind her. She was desperate to leave the U.S. and search for what was out there for her for the rest of her life.

Fortunately, her publisher agreed to give her an advance on the book she would write, so, off she went to Italy, India and Indonesia for a 15 month adventure. Afterwards she wrote "Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia".

In Italy, she ate. In India, she prayed. In Indonesia, she fell in love.

The story is inspirational on several levels. She saves the best for last. The more your read, the better it gets. There is a satisfying ending.

The library’s new Readers’ Group discussed the Best Nonfiction Books of 2016 on Saturday, January 21.  The titles presented are listed below:

The library’s Insatiable Readers group discussed "Armchair Travel" on Saturday, June 17.

Here are the group's recommendations:

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