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    Spring Book Selection Announced

    PennLive and The Library have teamed up again to offer you a special brand of book club! The Spring 2014 book selection is TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. Get your copy now! You will find the book in The Library’s collection in print, audiobook, eBook and eAudiobook. Click the link of your preferred format below to reserve or download your copy.

    As you read the book, participate in the online discussion at PennLive.com. When you’ve finished reading TransAtlantic, join in a live discussion with PennLive and the Friends of the Alexander Family Library on April 1 at the William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library in Hummelstown.

    The Library and PennLive/The Patriot-News will continue to recommend a book twice a year and offer readers a chance to discuss it online at PennLive.com and at book discussion get-togethers at area libraries.


    Read and Discuss the Book

    A discussion of the book will be hosted by the Friends of the Alexander Family Library and led by Dustin Brinton-Wilson, library manager.

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library
    Click here to register.

    Can’t make the discussion in person? Join in the conversation online at PennLive.com either during the book discussion or by adding comments afterwards.


    Meet the Author

    An Evening with Colum McCann

    The Library is proud to announce that award-winning author Colum McCann will be the keynote speaker at its 2014 Light the Way to Learning Banquet. Tickets are now available for this event, The Library’s 100th Birthday celebration.

    McCann provides a graceful look into his written craft and, specifically, the way he writes, which is to observe everything.

    McCann’s books will be available for sale throughout this evening of celebration.

    Join us for an evening of fine food, cocktails, literary enlightenment, book signing, and the launch of our Light the Way Silent Auction.

    Learn more about this special night and purchase tickets.


    Get Social

    You can also follow and join the book discussion on social media!

    Tweet using hashtag #PennLiveBookClub and #TransAtlantic. Follow @dcls_library and @pennlive on Twitter for updates on the club.

    Share your comments on The Library's Facebook page.


    transatlanticGet TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

    At The Library

    Or visit any Library location to see if they have a copy on hand or reserve the next available copy! You will need a Library card account to borrow materials.




    To learn more about our digital service, OverDrive, please click here. You will need to log into OverDrive with your DCLS library card barcode and PIN to download materials.


    About TransAtlantic

    From The Library catalog:

    A tale spanning 150 years and two continents reimagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Senator George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women from a matriarchal clan.

    Newfoundland, 1919: Aviators Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Dublin, 1845 and '46: On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause. New York, 1998: Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, to shepherd Northern Ireland's notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion. They each learn that even the most unassuming moments of grace have a way of rippling through time, space, and memory.

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