Let’s Talk About It – 2018 upcoming event!!!!!




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UPCOMING – Let’s Talk About it – 2018

Let’s Talk About It is a library discussion series that brings scholars and community members together to explore how selected books illuminate a particular theme. The Havelock-Craven County Public Library and Lifetime Learning Center are partners in presenting this nine-week series. The Thursday night programs include an opportunity to read five books and interact with five visiting scholars to learn more about the authors and to discuss the themes of each book.

The five meeting dates for this year’s programs are all on Thursdays: February 8 & 22March 8 & 22 and April 12. All sessions take place at the Havelock-Craven County Public Library from 6 to 8 p.m.

The program is FREE and books are provided on loan. Please call the library at (252) 447-7509 to register for the program. The schedule for our speakers and the order in which we will read the books will be confirmed in January.

This year’s topic…

Law and Literature: The Eva R. Rubin Series

Blaise Pascal once wrote that “Justice is what is established.” In this series, writers who demonstrate the powerful interaction of law and human affairs invite readers to ponder the difference between what is established and what is just. This series is named for Eva Rubin, a leading scholar on public policy and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Billy Budd, Sailor, Herman Melville

The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson, Mark Twain

A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines

Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson

The Emperor of Ocean Park, Stephen L. Carter

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Books & Bunco

Friends of the Havelock Library recently raised over $500 as a fundraiser in support of the Havelock Craven-County Public Library. Friends of the Library is a special group of volunteers who support our local library by promoting its resources, advocating for its needs, and sponsoring fundraisers and cultural/educational programs such as The Head Start program, “Meet the Author” events, lectures and exhibits.

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Friends of the Library Christmas Raffle

Friends of the Library Christmas Raffle….A Crabpot Christmas Tree, Wreath, homemade ornament and Night Before Christmas book….tickets are 1 for $1, 3 for $2 or 10 for $5. The drawing will take place Nov. 30th.

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Havelock Literary and Crabpot Society

This was sent to me by Luann Rottmann:

You may be struggling through the current book, My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You ….., as I am. On the other hand, you may love it!  At any rate our group will gather on Wed. Nov.29th at 10 am to discuss the book.  We do have A Man Called Ove on reserve and I am hoping the collection can be sent down for sign out even though we are not meeting in December.  We have waited for this title and I hope you will enjoy it in December.

Our January book will be History of Love by Nicole Krauss if it is available.  Below is a little bit about the book from the Amazon website:



A long-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother’s loneliness.

Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he’s still alive. But it wasn’t always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book…Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With virtuosic skill and soaring imaginative power, Nicole Krauss gradually draws these stories together toward a climax of “extraordinary depth and beauty” (Newsday).

This book sounds wonderful to me and I am looking forward to reading it.   We are always looking for new members so please stop by the library and pick up a book.

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Happy Halloween

Trick or Treating in Havelock is from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm.  Have fun and be safe!


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ATTENTION MEMBERS: Havelock Literary and Crabpot Society

On Wednesday, October 25th, we welcomed a couple of new readers—Amy Gantt and Bo Kot!  We missed those who were not with us for the discussion of The Bishop’s Wife.  The topics for the discussion were interesting and ranged from incest to the role of women today and also included the LDS church ( Mormons), loss of a child, etc.  Thank you, Bill, for leading the discussion.

We are not able to get A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman for our next title so we are reading My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by the same author.  There may be a couple of books left at the library for sign out. We will meet Nov. 29th at 10 am. The discussion will be led by Claire.  If you have read A Man Called Ove this could be part of the discussion.  A Man Called Ove will be remade in the U.S. and Tom Hanks will be Ove.  This book is very popular right now. There may be individual titles available via inter library loan.

Here are some suggestions for books from our members:

A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman ( author of Zookeeper’s Wife)—suggested by Bill
Origin by Dan Brown—suggested by Claire
The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood—suggested by Luann

Also recommended by Bill was a new movie Same Kind of Different as Me based on the true  book by Ron Hall and others entitled Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern Day Slave,an Interenational Art Dealer and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together.

We always have wonderful discussions with our group and welcome anyone to join. We are very informal. Hope to see you on Wednesday, November 29th at 10:00 am at the library.

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Over 2,000 Newly Donated Books

Friday, October 13                 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 14             10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Special Preview for

Friends of the Library Members:

Thursday, October 12    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sponored by Friends of the Havelock Library

301 Cnningham Blvd.

Havelock, NC 28532


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Havelock Literary and Crab Pot Society 2017-2018

Listed below is a tentative list of books that we will be reading.  As we know more about the Let’s Talk About It Series, more information will follow.  New members are welcome at any time so please invite others.

 Kat Clowers is the new reference librarian working at the library.  Her responsibilities include working with staff and students at the college.  We are fortunate to have her based in our library.   She and I have met and talked about involving college staff and students in our book discussions.  We look forward to some new ideas as this develops. Stay posted!

If you have not started The Zookeeper’s Wife, you will want to.  It is fascinating. If you have already finished reading this book, please return it.  We have readers interested and there are no copies left.

 Here is the current reading schedule:

The Zookeeper’s Wife  Sept. 27th  10:00 Discussion leader Claire

A Man Called Ove  Oct.25th

The Bishop’s Wife  Nov. 29th

No meeting in  December

History of Love   Jan. 31st

Let’s Talk About It Feb.-Mar. or Apr.  Information to follow when available

The Stranger-Apr. or May

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet May or June

Please let Luann Rottmann know if you no longer wish to be included in our reading group.

And as always, KEEP READING!


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Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library coming events…

The Friends of the New Bern -Craven County Public Library are having a Book Sale Sept. 22-24 at the Sudan Shrine Center on Broad and East Front Streets in New Bern.  The sale will be open 9-5 pm Friday and Sat. and Sun. 12-4.

2. There is an Authors Fair sponsored by Carteret Community College Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 23. at the Carteret Community College.  Check out the website for more information.  There will be free storytelling and book readings.

3. The New Bern Library offers free classes such as iPad basics, Windows 10, Kindle Fire Basics.  To see a calendar of classes go to the New Bern Library website and look under calendar.  Call 252-638-7800 to sign up or for more information.

4. The library’s subscription to eBooks and eAudio titles has moved to Overdrive.  There is an app for your phone or tablet and this makes these resources much easier to access.  Look for the Libby app in your app store.  If you have books requested in the OneClick System you will have to request again in Overdrive.  Everyone please get your Libby app.

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