Fun and Exciting Programs at Your Local Library
These are some programs and classes we offer throughout the year. Please check the calendar for dates, times, and registration details. Want to receive our events e-newsletter in your inbox every month? Click HERE to sign up!
ELCL Book Club
The ELCL Book Club likes to read a wide array of literature from contemporary authors. The Book Club meets every first Wednesday of the month for an exciting and lively discussion.
2020 ELCL Book Club Selections:
January 8 - NEWS OF THE WORLD by Paulette Jiles
February 5 - HOUSE OF SPIES by Daniel Silva
April 1 - THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean
May 6 - THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton
August 5 - THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE by Jessica Shattuck
September 2 - THE IMMORTALISTS by Chloe Benjamin
October 7 - THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn
November 4 - THE HYPNOTIST'S LOVE STORY by Liane Moriarity
December 2 - THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead
2019 ELCL Book Club Selections:
January 2 - EVERY NOTE PLAYED by Lisa Genova
February 6 - LILAC GIRLS by Martha Hall Kelly
March 6 - GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson
April 3 - THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
June 5 - RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles
August 7 - THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood
October 2 - LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult
November 6 - MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND by Helen Simonson
December 4 - THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman
The Authors Showcase series of in-person author talks is usually scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from January through October. In the past, speakers have been local up-and-coming authors as well as luminaries such as Lisa Unger, Tim Dorsey, Governor Bob Graham, Kris Radish, and Tom Corcoran. If you know of a local author you’d like to hear talk, contact us with the author’s name, book information, and how to contact the author.
Here are the authors who are coming to the library in 2020:
January 21: Cancelled - but be sure to check out Craig Pittman author of Oh, Florida: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country on Wednesday, January 8 from 1:00-2:30pm!
February 18: Maggie Amati who publishes under the name Isabella Adams will be here to talk about her Markos Mystery series set in Tarpon Springs. Three books in the series, so far, are: Last Man Out, Dancing For A Stranger, and Never Enough. Isabella Adams was born in New York in the 1970's. She has lived all over the world, and currently lives and works on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
March 17: Ben Montgomery is the author of the New York Times bestseller Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail, which won the 2014 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography; The Leper Spy: The Story of an Unlikely Hero of World War II; and The Man Who Walked Backward: An American Dreamer's Search for Meaning in the Great Depression. An award-winning staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times, Montgomery was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2010. He is the James A. Clendinen visiting professor in journalism at the University of South Florida.
April 21: Sterling Watson is a screenwriter and the author of eight novels. His book Weep No More My Brother was nominated for the Rosenthal Award given annually by the National Academy Institute for Arts and Letters. He is Emeritus Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Florida, co-director of Writers in Paradise and former director of the Writing Workshop at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.
May 19: John Andes is the prolific author of a dozen fast-paced crime/murder mystery books. He models his writing after David Baldacci and James Patterson. His writing is based on the premise that each of us struggles against forces that are thrust upon us in situations beyond our normal lives. His earlier books were self-published, but the most recent are published by World Castle Publishing and Mirador.
Here are the authors who came to the library in 2019:
January 15: Author Gale Massey is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel The Girl From Blind River. It tells the story of a young woman from a broken family who struggles to survive and protect her kid brother before she’s overwhelmed by a rising tide of small town criminal conspiracy.
February 19: Author William Gallaty retired from the Rand Corporation and became a prolific writer -- five books published and another nearing completion, all with memorable characters and unpredictable endings. Come to find out how he gets and develops his quirky ideas.
March 19: After Massachusetts-based author Debi Graham-Leard finished reading a mystery novel, she said to herself, “Why can’t I write one of these?” And she did. Her first book was The Uninvited Guest. Her second novel was Where There’s Smoke There’s Trouble. Learn how Debi turned herself into an author.
April 16: Author and writing coach Steph Post received the Patricia Cornwell Scholarship for creative writing from Davidson College and the Vereen Bell writing award for fiction. She followed her three Florida thrillers with January 2019 release of Miraculum called “part southern gothic, part noir, part magical realism.”
May 21: Matt Larkin has more than 20 books in print and hopes to continue writing until the end of time. He retells mythology as dark, gritty fantasy. Matt “strives to combine gut-wrenching action with thought-provoking ideas and culturally resonant stories.” Come hear how he does that.
June 18: Author BonSue Brandvik knows everything about the Belleview Biltmore and imbues her three romantic thrillers with spirits who reside in that iconic hotel. Come hear BonSue before she moves to Belize!
July 16: USA Today bestselling author Don Bruns writes three different series of novels, one New Orleans based; one a Caribbean series; and one an eclectic “stuff” series, a total of 15 books so far. How does he do that? Come find out.
August 20: Cheryl Hollon writes the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery Series set in St. Petersburg. She's written five books so far and she has a contract for more. Mysteries swirl around the owner of this innocuous little business. Come hear about her writing – and her glassmaking hobby.
September 17: Author Kip Koelsch’s fascination with dolphins led to his first book, Wendall’s Lullaby, featuring dolphins as a key element of a conspiracy to infiltrate the government. His second book will be out before September. He can tell you all about dolphins!
October 15: Eight-time Pulitzer Prize nominee journalist Jean Heller’s first two books were thrillers. She followed these with a series of mysteries featuring Chicago newspaper reporter Deuce Mora – and the mob and arson and human trafficking and the great city of Chicago. How does she get those great ideas?
Writers' Critique Group
The Writers' Critique Group is a workshop for writers of all levels. Writers read excerpts of their work in progress and receive helpful feedback. This group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month.
Fiber Arts Group
Join us on the second and fourth Monday of each month! This group is focused on quilting but all needle work artists are welcome. Please bring a project you are creating and share it with the group. Enjoy quality time “stitched” with tips and new ideas.
The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail