Middleton Public Library
Address: 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: 608-831-5564     Email: info@midlibrary.org


Thursday July 29

A book group for people who love to cook, eat, or just admire cookbooks! This group meets 4 times a year (on Zoom for now) to discuss cookbooks that share a common theme. This month’s theme is “Summer Desserts” You can choose ANY cookbook you like that focuses on or includes recipes for tasty summer treats. If you need some suggestions check out this booklist. Ideally you will make a few different recipes from your chosen book and bring one along to the meeting. We’ll come together on Zoom to share what we learned, what works well, what fell flat and enjoy some of our creations together.

*Please register to receive the Zoom link


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Tuesday August 17

Join us to discuss The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: and their race to save the world's most precious manuscripts by Joshua Hammer (2016). Please register to receive the Zoom link before the event.

Copies of the book are available at the lower level service desk. To reserve a copy of the book in advance, please call 608-827-7403 or email info@midlibrary.org.

To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this “fast-paced narrative that is…part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part out-and-out thriller” (The Washington Post) from the author of The Falcon Thief.

In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that were crumbling in the trunks of desert shepherds. His goal: preserve this crucial part of the world’s patrimony in a gorgeous library. But then Al Qaeda showed up at the door.

“Part history, part scholarly adventure story, and part journalist survey…Joshua Hammer writes with verve and expertise” (The New York Times Book Review) about how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist from the legendary city of Timbuktu, became one of the world’s greatest smugglers by saving the texts from sure destruction. With bravery and patience, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali. His heroic heist “has all the elements of a classic adventure novel” (The Seattle Times), and is a reminder that ordinary citizens often do the most to protect the beauty of their culture. His the story is one of a man who, through extreme circumstances, discovered his higher calling and was changed forever by it.

 

Middleton Public Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Book Discussion-- The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Time: Aug 24, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

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Tuesday August 24

Join us to discuss The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: and their race to save the world's most precious manuscripts by Joshua Hammer (2016). Please register to receive the Zoom link before the event.

Copies of the book are available at the lower level service desk. To reserve a copy of the book in advance, please call 608-827-7403 or email info@midlibrary.org.

To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this “fast-paced narrative that is…part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part out-and-out thriller” (The Washington Post) from the author of The Falcon Thief.

In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that were crumbling in the trunks of desert shepherds. His goal: preserve this crucial part of the world’s patrimony in a gorgeous library. But then Al Qaeda showed up at the door.

“Part history, part scholarly adventure story, and part journalist survey…Joshua Hammer writes with verve and expertise” (The New York Times Book Review) about how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist from the legendary city of Timbuktu, became one of the world’s greatest smugglers by saving the texts from sure destruction. With bravery and patience, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali. His heroic heist “has all the elements of a classic adventure novel” (The Seattle Times), and is a reminder that ordinary citizens often do the most to protect the beauty of their culture. His the story is one of a man who, through extreme circumstances, discovered his higher calling and was changed forever by it.

 

Middleton Public Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Book Discussion-- The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Time: Aug 24, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5993746465

 

Meeting ID: 599 374 6465

One tap mobile

+16465588656,,5993746465# US (New York)

+13017158592,,5993746465# US (Washington DC)

 

Dial by your location

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       +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

       +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

       +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

       +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

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Meeting ID: 599 374 6465

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Thursday September 23

Join us (in person!) to discuss the 2021 Go Big Read, Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi (2020).

*Copies of the book are available at the library service desks.

Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive.

Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and griefa novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut.

 

 

 


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Tuesday September 28

Join us on Zoom to discuss the 2021 Go Big Read, Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi (2020).

*Copies of the book are available at the library service desks. Please register to receive the Zoom link.

Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive.

Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and griefa novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut


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