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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

2019-10-10 18:15:00 2019-10-10 20:15:00 America/Chicago The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Circle of Readers Book Discussion Merrillville

Thursday, October 10
6:15pm - 8:15pm

Add to Calendar 2019-10-10 18:15:00 2019-10-10 20:15:00 America/Chicago The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Circle of Readers Book Discussion Merrillville

Merrillville

Meeting Room A

Circle of Readers Book Discussion

Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood--where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him.

In Colson Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day.

The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage--and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.

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Merrillville

Phone: 219-769-3541

Branch manager
Erika

Hours
Mon, Dec 02 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Dec 03 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Dec 04 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Dec 05 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Dec 06 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Dec 07 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Dec 08 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

Fri, Dec 06, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Programming Room

Fri, Dec 06, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room A

Sat, Dec 07, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B

Sat, Dec 07, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Mon, Dec 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Programming Room

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

Tue, Dec 10, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Dec 10, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Board Room

Tue, Dec 10, 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Meeting Room C

Wed, Dec 11, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Quiet Study Room #3

Thu, Dec 12, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Thu, Dec 12, 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Meeting Room A

Sat, Dec 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Programming Room

Sat, Dec 14, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room A

Mon, Dec 16, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Meeting Room A

Tue, Dec 17, 10:00am - 10:45am
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Dec 17, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Dec 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room C

Wed, Dec 18, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Quiet Study Room #3

Wed, Dec 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Thu, Dec 19, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room B

Thu, Dec 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room A

Fri, Dec 20, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Programming Room

Mon, Dec 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Programming Room

Thu, Jan 02, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Thu, Jan 02, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Meeting Room A

Fri, Jan 03, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Programming Room

Sat, Jan 04, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B

Sat, Jan 04, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room C

Sat, Jan 04, 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Meeting Room B