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Circle of Readers Book Discussion

2022-08-09 14:00:00 2022-08-09 15:00:00 America/Chicago Circle of Readers Book Discussion Monthly discussion. The Gown by Jennifer Robson will be discussed. Merrillville

Tuesday, August 09
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Add to Calendar 2022-08-09 14:00:00 2022-08-09 15:00:00 America/Chicago Circle of Readers Book Discussion Monthly discussion. The Gown by Jennifer Robson will be discussed. Merrillville

Merrillville

Meeting Room B

Monthly discussion. The Gown by Jennifer Robson will be discussed.

Circle of Readers will discuss THE GOWN by Jennifer Robson. 

London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nation’s recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their nascent hopes for a brighter future are tested when they are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown.

Toronto, 2016: More than half a century later, Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers, a legacy from her late grandmother. How did her beloved Nan, a woman who never spoke of her old life in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries that so closely resemble the motifs on the stunning gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding almost seventy years before? And what was her Nan’s connection to the celebrated textile artist and holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin?

With The Gown, Jennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, she introduces readers to three unforgettable heroines, their points of view alternating and intersecting throughout its pages, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love.


 

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Merrillville

Phone: 219-769-3541

Branch manager
Erika

Hours
Mon, Aug 15 10:00AM to 8:30PM
Tue, Aug 16 10:00AM to 8:30PM
Wed, Aug 17 10:00AM to 8:30PM
Thu, Aug 18 10:00AM to 8:30PM
Fri, Aug 19 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Aug 20 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Aug 21 Closed

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 or small groups, 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. 

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

Thu, Aug 18, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Genealogy Room

Thu, Aug 25, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Staff Meeting Room

Sat, Aug 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B
This event is full

Thu, Sep 01, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 06, 10:30am - 10:50am
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 06, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Meeting Room A

Wed, Sep 07, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Thu, Sep 08, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Meeting Room B

Mon, Sep 12, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Children's Programming Room

Mon, Sep 12, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room B

Mon, Sep 12, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room C

Tue, Sep 13, 10:30am - 10:50am
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 13, 10:45am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A

Tue, Sep 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room B

Tue, Sep 13, 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Meeting Room B

Wed, Sep 14, 10:30am - 10:50am
Children's Programming Room

Thu, Sep 15, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Children's Programming Room

Thu, Sep 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room B

Thu, Sep 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room C