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SILENT BOOK CLUB: Mark your calendar now for this unique new event…on Thursday, March 9, from 4:00-6:00, interested readers will meet in the Library’s CoLab 1 (L310) on the third floor for two hours of leisure reading. Silent Book Clubs are gaining in popularity across the country and beyond because readers crave uninterrupted reading without distractions. Read about the creators of these events at their website https://silentbook.club/ or follow them on Facebook. Bring a friend and bring your favorite beverage as we won’t be serving refreshments. This is all about the enjoyment of reading! Afterwards, you’ll be hungry, so why not invite some fellow readers for a Dutch treat dinner at a local restaurant to chat about your books?


If you are not currently engrossed in a book, why not check out the Books Across Bucks shelves placed strategically across our three physical campuses? Take a Book/Leave a Book is the idea for these. The books are free and you are sure to find inspiration. Shelf locations include Grupp Lobby, Gateway Lobby, Gateway 1st Floor, Rollins 1st Floor, Rollins 2nd Floor (near the Book Store), M&M Lobby, Hicks Art Lobby, Founders Lobby, LBC Lobby, and the UBC Common Area (next to the Lobby). If you have questions: Margaret.Montet@bucks.edu

Der Leser. Honoré Daumier [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Between the World and Me: Book Discussion, March 2nd


The Advisory Group on Race, Ethnicity, Diversity, and Inclusion is having a Book Club!

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates will be the topic of discussion on Thursday, March 2nd from 12:30-1:30pm in the Library, Newtown Campus. The discussion will be led by Samantha Gross. This is a free event and everyone is welcome!


Amazon.com Review: ‌‌Readers of his work in The Atlantic and elsewhere know Ta-Nehisi Coates for his thoughtful and influential writing on race in America. Written as a series of letters to his teenaged son, his new memoir, Between the World and Me, walks us through the course of his life, from the tough neighborhoods of Baltimore in his youth, to Howard University—which Coates dubs “The Mecca” for its revelatory community of black students and teachers—to the broader Meccas of New York and Paris. Coates describes his observations and the evolution of his thinking on race, from Malcolm X to his conclusion that race itself is a fabrication, elemental to the concept of American (white) exceptionalism. Ferguson, Trayvon Martin, and South Carolina are not bumps on the road of progress and harmony, but the results of a systemized, ubiquitous threat to “black bodies” in the form of slavery, police brutality, and mass incarceration. Coates is direct and, as usual, uncommonly insightful and original. There are no wasted words. This is a powerful and exceptional book.–Jon Foro

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Writers Reading IV~March 2nd

WRITERS READING IV: The Library is hosting the fourth Writers Reading event on Thursday, March 2, from 2:00-4:00 in the Library’s Learning Studio (depending on availability). These events are always inspiring and fun. There is still room on the reader list, so if you would like to be one of the dozen or so writers who read to us, please let Margaret know with a quick email to Margaret.Montet@bucks.edu.

For those of you who would just like to listen, we welcome you! Just show up and grab a seat. No RSVP is necessary. You won’t be disappointed. You’ll probably find some kind of refreshments there, or bring your own (non-alcoholic) beverage.


image: gacabo. writers block. January 13, 2012. http://bit.ly/2dBTVp3. Some rights reserved