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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

2019-04-11 18:15:00 2019-04-11 20:15:00 America/Chicago Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan Circle of Readers Book Discussion Merrillville

Thursday, April 11
6:15pm - 8:15pm

Add to Calendar 2019-04-11 18:15:00 2019-04-11 20:15:00 America/Chicago Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan Circle of Readers Book Discussion Merrillville

Merrillville

Meeting Room A

Circle of Readers Book Discussion

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this “intriguingly dark, twisty” (Kirkus Reviews) debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.

But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left.

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Merrillville

Phone: 219-769-3541

Branch manager
Erika

Hours
Mon, Mar 18 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Mar 19 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Mar 20 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Mar 21 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Mar 22 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Mar 23 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Mar 24 12:00PM to 4:00PM

About the branch

The Merrillville branch library encompasses over 114,000 sq ft of electronic and print resources, and visual and musical collections. The library offers free WIFI, public internet computers, rooms for quiet study, and public meeting rooms. Our vast collections of Lake County history and genealogy sources make the Merrillville branch a popular destination for research by visitors from all around the country.

Merrillville branch has three fantastic floors of informational and recreational materials. The main floor contains our popular collection of new books, large-print material, magazines and newspapers, teen, anime, and an enormous selection of music and DVDs. Our Genealogy Room has numerous resources including microfilm of local newspapers, obituary indexes, and many other historical resources. Our Book Sale room, open during select hours Monday-Saturday, is full of unique finds. Merrillville Branch is also home to our Talking Books Department, which serves residents with physical or visual disabilities.

The Upper Level includes tables for quiet study, a tremendous reference collection, our “Indiana Room” for specialized Hoosier historical research, and our locally known statue “The Reader” by artist Hermann Gurfinkel.

The entire lower level houses our bright and airy Children's Department where children will find fun games, books, music and magazines to fulfill their reading pleasure as well as attend engaging kids’ programs. This is also where our public meeting rooms are located, where our library events and programs are held.

Upcoming events

Children's Programming Room
Sat, Mar 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Registration is now closed

Meeting Room A
Sat, Mar 23, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Registration is now closed

Meeting Room A
Mon, Mar 25, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Meeting Room B
Mon, Mar 25, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Children's Programming Room
Tue, Mar 26, 10:00am - 10:45am

Meeting Room B
Tue, Mar 26, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This event is full

Meeting Room C
Tue, Mar 26, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Children's Programming Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:00am - 11:00am

Meeting Room A
Thu, Mar 28, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
This event is full

Meeting Room A
Fri, Mar 29, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Meeting Room A
Sat, Mar 30, 10:00am - 3:00pm

Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 01, 10:30am - 11:00am

Meeting Room A
Mon, Apr 01, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Meeting Room B
Mon, Apr 01, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Meeting Room B
Mon, Apr 01, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 02, 10:00am - 10:45am

Meeting Room B
Tue, Apr 02, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This event is full

Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 03, 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Meeting Room B
Wed, Apr 03, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Children's Programming Room
Thu, Apr 04, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Children's Programming Room
Fri, Apr 05, 10:30am - 11:30am

Meeting Room A
Sat, Apr 06, All day

Meeting Room B
Sat, Apr 06, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Children's Programming Room
Sat, Apr 06, 10:30am - 11:00am

Meeting Room B
Mon, Apr 08, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Meeting Room C
Mon, Apr 08, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A
Mon, Apr 08, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Meeting Room C
Tue, Apr 09, 9:30am - 11:00am

Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 09, 10:00am - 10:45am

Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 09, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Meeting Room B
Tue, Apr 09, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This event is full

Meeting Room A
Wed, Apr 10, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Meeting Room C
Thu, Apr 11, 9:30am - 11:00am

Children's Programming Room
Thu, Apr 11, 10:00am - 11:00am

Meeting Room B
Thu, Apr 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A
Thu, Apr 11, 6:15pm - 8:15pm

Meeting Room B
Sat, Apr 13, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Meeting Room A
Mon, Apr 15, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 15, 10:30am - 11:00am

Meeting Room B
Mon, Apr 15, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Meeting Room C
Mon, Apr 15, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A
Mon, Apr 15, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Meeting Room A
Mon, Apr 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Meeting Room C
Tue, Apr 16, 9:30am - 11:00am

Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 16, 10:00am - 10:45am

Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 16, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Meeting Room B
Tue, Apr 16, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This event is full

Meeting Room C
Thu, Apr 18, 9:30am - 11:00am

Meeting Room B
Thu, Apr 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Children's Programming Room
Fri, Apr 19, 10:30am - 11:30am

Children's Programming Room
Sat, Apr 20, 10:30am - 11:00am

Meeting Room B
Sat, Apr 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Meeting Room A
Mon, Apr 22, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Meeting Room C
Mon, Apr 22, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A
Mon, Apr 22, 6:00pm - 8:00pm