Plumb Library Event Roundup

The Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library, in partnership with the Elizabeth Taber Library and the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, will present a marathon reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on Saturday, December 14, starting at 11:00 am. Come along and rest from the holiday madness as you listen to a classic Christmas story. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a short discussion after the reading. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the library at 508-763-8600 or email Currently, we have enough readers, but if you’d like to be an understudy, please contact us.

The Friends of Plumb Library are planning their annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. We are looking for donations of items or services for the Silent Auction. Donations can be left at the library until Wednesday, December 4, at 6:00 pm. Call the library for more information.

“Just the Facts” Nonfiction Book Discussion Group will be reading Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo on Thursday, November 21, at 6:30 pm. Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of the luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the Annawadians become hopeful that they can rise out of the slum to achieve the good life, the “full enjoy.” But then terror and a global recession rock the city, and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. Copies of this amazing book are available at the desk.

Café Parlez’ selection for November is 22 Britannia Road, by Amanda Hodgkinson. Janusz and his family have just arrived in England at the end of World War II. Determined that they should be a proper English family and to bury his ghosts from the war, Janusz pins his hopes for a normal life on the small house at 22 Britannia Road. His wife Silvana and his son Aurek spent the war hiding in the forests of Poland, and Aurek is nearly feral. He is suspicious of this strange man he is supposed to call Father. And Silvana can never forget the painful memory of a shattering wartime act. We will discuss this book on Monday, November 25, at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk, or bring your own copy.

The library’s hours for Thanksgiving week are: Wednesday, November 27, open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; closing early for carpet cleaning. Closed Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29. Regular hours resume Saturday, November 30, at 10:00 am.

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