June 2023 Book Group
Join Librarian Meredith for fika and a discussion of “The Book of Hope” by Dr. Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams.
Jane Goodall is a naturalist famous for her work studying chimpanzees in Gombe National Park in Tanzania and her work in raising awareness about climate change and the loss of biodiversity. She was appointed as a UN Messenger of Peace, is a Dame of the British Empire, and has received countless honors from around the world.
Fika is the Swedish tradition of enjoying coffee and a treat with friends. The library will have coffee, tea, and some tasty treats for patrons to enjoy starting at 3:40pm.
Book discussion will follow fika at 4pm.
Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams explore through intimate and thought-provoking dialogue one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature: hope.
Drawing on decades of work that has helped expand our understanding of what it means to be human and what we all need to do to help build a better world, the book touches on vital questions, including: How do we stay hopeful when everything seems hopeless? How do we cultivate hope in our children? What is the relationship between hope and action?
While discussing the experiences that shaped her discoveries and beliefs, Jane tells the story of how she became a messenger of hope, from living through World War II to her years in Gombe to realizing she had to leave the forest to travel the world in her role as an advocate for environmental justice.
And for the first time, she shares her profound revelations about her next, and perhaps final, adventure.
Copies of “The Book of Hope” are available to check out at the Scandinavia Public Library, or you may place a hold through Infosoup.
Book Group normally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from January through November. We do not meet in December. Be sure to watch our website or our Facebook page for the most recent updates!
We read books across most genres as well as some non-fiction.
Anyone is welcome to attend who has read or is interested in the current month’s book, and is interested in participating in friendly discussion.
Members are welcome to attend one meeting or all of them as their interests and schedules permit.