A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Adventure Sold Separately

Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread is a three generation family saga centered on the Whitshanks – Red, his wife Abby, their four grown children.  The one we get to know best is Denny, the “black sheep” of the family.  Denny has been disgruntled since he was four years old and Abby and Red took in the “orphan” child of Red’s employee.  Only it turns out that he did have a mother – just one that wasn’t acceptable to Abby.  There was no formal adoption, no announcement – two year old “Stem” just moved in and stayed.  Abby, a retired social worker, has a penchant for rescuing people, taking in strangers for meals, most of whom soon exhibit the reasons why nobody else wants them.  Since his teen years, Denny has popped in and out of the lives of his family, but he sometimes disappears for years at a time.

The Whitshanks are not an extraordinary family in any way.  In fact, they are dull.  Denny brings about the only element of drama to their lives, and it is the source for much disappointment and resentment all around.

We learn the backstory of Red’s parents, Junior and Linnie Mae, and the significance of the Whitshank house to the family’s history, which was originally built for another family by Junior.  The house itself is an important character in the book.

This is domestic fiction at its finest.  Tyler’s excellent way with words is, in a word, delicious.  And her sense of humor is firmly intact.  Yet, this story has a melancholy about it that gives the reader plenty to think about outside of the non-doings of the Whitshanks. 

This book has topics aplenty for book groups to discuss.

Teen Book Club

Teen Book Club

Thursday, June 30, 3:15 p.m.

For everyone who's does book club during the year and said, "Hey, we should do it in the summertime too," here you go! Book club is now year-round. 

For those of you who've never done book club with us, all you do is show up, vote for the book you most want to read and see if that book is selected as the Book of the Month. A copy of the book will be ordered in your name and given to you. The only thing you are promising to do is to come back the following month to discuss what you read and to vote for the next book. 

Summer Book Club is usually issued a challenge as well for a chance to win several new books and a gift card. This year's challenge will be announced at the meeting. 


When: Thursday, June 30, 2016

Time: 3:15 pm

Where: Monterey Public Library, Community Room

Who: Middle and High School-aged students


Questions? E-mail Eboni: harris@monterey.org or call 831-646-2094


**Remember that this program is part of Teen Summer Reading, so your name will be entered in a drawing for a $10 gift card. The winner will be drawn at the end of the event.**

Teen Zumba

Teen Zumba

Wednesday, June 22, 2 p.m.

I hope you're ready for this? Monterey Public Library is offering a Zumba class for teens. No, this will not be Zumba Jr. Instructor Aletia Egipciaco, owner of Gamsafoot Dance Company in Salinas, is going to show you real dance moves as you workout to Latin-style music with your friends.

Bring a towel, water and plenty of energy. The room is open tot he first 20 heads that pass through the door. Parental permission may be required. Parents can sign the permission slips at the door. Copies of the permission forms to be signed in advance will be made available closer to the date of the event.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Eboni: harris@monterey.org or call 831-646-2094.


When:  Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Time:  2:00 pm

Where:  Monterey Public Library, Community Room

Who: Middle and High School-aged students

**Remember that this program is part of Teen Summer Reading, so your name will be entered in a drawing for a $10 gift card. The winner will be drawn at the end of the event.**



Teen Writers Group, "Write to Win a Chance for Publication"

Teen Writers Group, "Write to Win a Chance for Publication"

Wednesday, June 15, 2 p.m.

If you love to write and want a chance to share your writing with others, join Teen Writers Group for High School and Middle School students. This group meets monthly during the school year for writing exercises and critique circles, but this summer we're going to do something a little different.

This summer you guys will be "Writing to Win a Chance for Publication". Teen writers will be given the chance to submit up to 1500 words of their work (short story, chapter of a novel, 3-5 poems, essay, speech, etc) and 25 entries will be chosen to appear in a Library Anthology which will be published and made available for check-out in the Library. Winners will receive a free copy.

This will be a real publication and an excellent opportunity to fatten up your writing resume. Specific guidelines on how to enter will be given out on the date of the meeting. Those interested in participating can pick one up during the program, or later, the rules will appear online. The last day to submit will be on July 27th at midnight. 

If you have any questions please e-mail Eboni: harris@monterey.org or call 831-646-2094. 


**This is a Teen Summer Reading activity. Don't forget that with each activity you attend, your name will be placed in a drawing for a $10 gift card to be given out at the end of the program.**


When: June 15, 2016

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Monterey Public Library Learning Lab

Who: High School and Middle School-aged students.

The Literary Circle

The Literary Circle

Monday, August 29, 6:30 p.m.

Read Nora Webster by Colm Toibin and join the lively, congenial discussion facilitated by library staff.  For adults.  Admission is free.  For more information email mccombs@monterey.org.