Rockport Public Library hosts the following book clubs. We would be happy to have you join us.
Drama Discussion Group
The Drama Discussion group will resume monthly meetings on Monday, Jan. 5, at 4:00 p.m. The topic will be The Frogs by Aristophanes. Copies will be available at the Main Desk.
The next meeting of the Poetry Readers will be on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 4:00 p.m. Topic will be Lovers of the Lost by Wesley McNair.
Sunday Book Chat
The next meeting of the Book Chat will be on Jan. 25 at 1:00 p.m. Topic will be announced soon.
Current Issues Political Book Discussion Group
This group will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 2:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room. The topic will be Poor Economics: a Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo. Winner of the 2011 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Best Business Book of the Year Award
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Billions of government dollars, and thousands of charitable organizations and NGOs, are dedicated to helping the world's poor. But much of their work is based on assumptions that are untested generalizations at best, harmful misperceptions at worst.
Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have pioneered the use of randomized control trials in development economics. Work based on these principles, supervised by the Poverty Action Lab, is being carried out in dozens of countries. Drawing on this and their 15 years of research from Chile to India, Kenya to Indonesia, they have identified wholly new aspects of the behavior of poor people, their needs, and the way that aid or financial investment can affect their lives. Their work defies certain presumptions: that microfinance is a cure-all, that schooling equals learning, that poverty at the level of 99 cents a day is just a more extreme version of the experience any of us have when our income falls uncomfortably low.
This important book illuminates how the poor live, and offers all of us an opportunity to think of a world beyond poverty.
Rockport Book Group
History Book Club
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, Jan. 28.
The topic will be "The History of the Future - How Writers Imagined the Future in the Past and How They are Still Doing It". Discussion leader Sam Coulbourn invites you to read a book of your choice that fits the topic.
The Rockport Book group's daytime session meets the first Thursday of every month, the evening group meets the second Wednesday of every month. For information on how to join this group or to start your own group, please contact Elizabeth Reed, book group coordinator by email: firstname.lastname@example.org