Arts & Entertainment

Book Club Discusses Mystery Title

August 17, 2013 at 6:55 AM

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Approximately 20 people gathered in the program room at Livingston Public Library for “The Coffee & Crime Mystery Book group,” a monthly book discussion focusing on books in the mystery sub-genre.  

Thursday’s discussion was on Amateur Detective: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” by Alan Bradley. The book is about an 11-year girl who spends a great amount of time in a scientific lab trying to solve a murder.

Ariel Zeitlin Cooke, a librarian at Livingston Public Library who leads each month’s discussion, said, “Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is sort of a historical mystery. It's set in 1950s England.

Sign Up for E-News

“It’s quirky, it’s funny,” she added.

Participants in Thursday’s book discussion talked about how they related to the book’s main character and her relationships. They also discussed other aspects of the book’s themes and plot. 

Each month’s book club features a crossword puzzle based on the book as well as a food or activity with a link to the book. On Thursday, participants brought in pies to share.

“Book reading is about community. That’s why people want to read bestsellers; that’s why you want to read what your friends read,” Cooke said. “This group has such nice community; I could not have sat down and scripted a nicer group.”

Cooke came up with the idea for a mystery book club after Livingston Public Library asked her to hold a book club, but gave her flexibility in terms of what type of book club to have.  

“I thought a mystery book club would be good because so many people like mysteries, and I know there are a lot of really interesting things going on in that genre” she said.

Approximately 30 people are associated with the book club, although they rotate in terms of their attendance to the discussions.

“What we are trying to do in the library is to get people excited about reading, so even if they don’t come to the club, they can borrow the book (that the book club discusses during a meeting) and come to the library, and if they feel excited (about reading)," she said. "That’s the kind of community we want to encourage.”

For more information on the Coffee & Mystery Book Club at Livingston Public Library, visit http://livingston.bccls.org/coffee-crime.html

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Livingston

Chris Brown Named President at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties is proud to announce the appointment of Chris Brown to President of the 21-office real estate brokerage headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey. Previously serving as Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager, Brown is a member of the company’s ownership team along with Bill Keleher, Seymour and Nancy Litwin, and Steve Janett.

Montclair First Responders Rush to Rescue Man Under Fallen Oil Tank

December 4, 2016

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Members of the Montclair Fire Department spent nearly two hours on Saturday afternoon rescuing a man who was trapped under an oil tank in a trench at 26 Linden Avenue.

According to published reports, Montclair Fire Department officials arrived after being alerted by witnesses to find the man in a trench filled with dirt and under the tank up to his ...

Randolph's Brendan Fletcher Reaches Top 8 on NBC’s “The Voice”

December 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - “And though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea,” Led Zepplin, Ten Years Gone

After years of changing his course, living in New Jersey, Boston, Brooklyn, and Charleston, all while singing in small local bars, at open mic nights, and working as a bartender to make ends meet, Randolph’s Brendan Fletcher always ...

Don't Sacrifice the Environment to Fund the State Treasury

November 23, 2016

Dear Editor:

New Jersey’s Natural Resource Damages (NRD) program is an incredibly important and necessary program rising from the state’s history of incremental spills and discharges, as well as historic industrialization. 

NRD requires polluters to go beyond the mandated cleanup and to pay damages for restoration and compensation for the public loss of use of natural ...

Friends of the Livingston Library Restocks Its Ongoing Book Sale for December

December 1, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Friends of the Livingston Library has fully restocked its Ongoing Book Sale for the month of December. On a monthly basis, Friends takes down all stock and replaces it with entirely new inventory. 

This is the “Friends flip.” Approximately 1200 items of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, DVDs, and CDs are available at great ...

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Alex Weiss on Drums

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight 11-year-old Alex Weiss, a fifth grader at Collins Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Alex studies drums at Andy’s under the instruction of Joe Vitello. He says hid favorite band is Fall Out Boy and that his dad is his number one musical influence.

Check him out in the video ...

Q&A With Owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp

Recently, the owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Dan Milman and George Stein, took part in a fun Question and Answer session. Below are the questions and their responses. To learn more about Milman, Stein and Meadowbrook, click here to read a recent article that ran on TApinto.net.

 

WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD CAMP, WHAT VISUAL COMES TO MIND?

George: A six lb.

Getting a Handle on Thanksgiving

This year, on our National Day of Thanks, I would like to express my gratitude for having hands.

We typically don’t thank our body parts because they seldom leave us.  Most of us have not experienced unfortunate accidents or suffered the horrible consequences of war; tragic events  which might cause us to lose a limb.  

Most of us take our fingers and hands and elbows ...

My Epic Beauty Fails

One day as I was looking around a high-end cosmetics store for a new lipstick, a “beauty expert” approached me and said that I was so stunning I should forget the lipstick, and get a lip plumper instead. At first I wondered why I needed a lip plumper if I was already so stunning. But then I thought, “Now here is someone wearing a badge that says, ‘beauty expert,’ so ...