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Sign up for online library book clubs, trivia, Write Local and Meeting of Minds

Programming in the library won’t be possible for a while yet, but programming from the library is happening, now.

In May, most of the library’s regular monthly programming will be available online through Zoom meetings.

Here’s how you can join in and meet up with your friends again.

Pageturners, Angela Turner and Jennifer Mattern’s suspense and mystery book group, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12.

The reading selection is “The Daughter in Law” by Nina Manning, a psychological thriller.   

No one is good enough for Annie’s son, Ben. When Ben brings home his mysterious, beautiful new wife, Daisy, Annie doesn’t trust her. When Ben disappears, Annie and Daisy are alone in Annie’s big, secluded house and the tension rises.

Jennifer and Angela started a new group called the Bright Spot, which met for the first time April 28. The group will meet again at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, to discuss “The Alice Network” by Kate Quinn.

It’s 1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family.

It’s 1915. Eve Gardiner joins the fight against Germany when she’s recruited to work as a spy with Lili, the “Queen of Spies,” who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that tore apart the Alice Network, Eve lives secluded in her crumbling London house. Then, a young American barges in uttering a name she hasn’t heard in decades, launching both on a mission to find the truth, no matter where it leads.

To sign up for The Bright Spot or Pageturners, email jennifer.clarkbooks@gmail.com or angela.clarkbooks@gmail.com. They will add you to their Zoom invitation list, and send reminders as well as answer any of your software questions.

At noon Thursday, May 14, Book Lunch returns.

The book under discussion will be “Whose Body” by Dorothy Sayers, the first Lord Peter Wimsey novel.

There’s a corpse in a bathtub, wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez spectacles. Lord Peter Wimsey is urged to investigate by his mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver. Lord Peter ascertains the disappearance of a well-known financier is connected to the body. But discovering exactly how leads the amateur detective on a merry chase.

Dorothy L. Sayers ranks with Agatha Christie as a defining author of the mystery genre.

To sign up for Book Lunch, email john.clarkbooks@gmail.com.

Books for all three clubs are available through Hoopla, which can be accessed through the “Online Library” tab on the Library’s homepage at clarkbooks.org.

Jeff Gurnee still offers his popular weekly team trivia contest online. He even offers a small prize for first place teams.

As always, it’s a lot of fun, and anyone can play. Get your virtual team together and sign up at clarkbooks.evanced.info/signup/ or by emailing Jeff at jeff.clarkbooks@gmail.com.

Write Local, the library’s weekly writing group, meets from 10 a.m. to noon every Friday. To join in, email john.clarkbooks@gamil.com.

Meeting of Minds, the library discussion group, also had its first online meeting in April.  They’ll be meeting again at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. Sign up to join in by emailing john.clarkbooks@gmail.com.

We’ll get through this. We’ll get through this together, enjoying each other’s company online.

Have a beautiful week.

Stay healthy at home.

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at john.clarkbooks@gmail.com.