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Books on Main Adult Book Club

In-Person and Virtual

2022-08-15 18:00:00 2022-08-15 19:00:00 America/Chicago Books on Main Adult Book Club August Discussion of The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich Bentonville Public Library

Monday, August 15
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Add to Calendar 2022-08-15 18:00:00 2022-08-15 19:00:00 America/Chicago Books on Main Adult Book Club August Discussion of The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich Bentonville Public Library

Bentonville Public Library

McGaugh Family Literacy Area (Sun Room)

August Discussion of The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

Books available at the front desk while supplies last!

Registration is no longer required! If you would like to attend virtually please contact nhendrix@bentonvillear.com or hhays@bentonvillear.com for a Zoom link.

Book Summary:

Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.

Thomas Wazhashk is the night watchman at the jewel bearing plant, the first factory located near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a Chippewa Council member who is trying to understand the consequences of a new “emancipation” bill on its way to the floor of the United States Congress. It is 1953 and he and the other council members know the bill isn’t about freedom; Congress is fed up with Indians. The bill is a “termination” that threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land and their very identity. How can the government abandon treaties made in good faith with Native Americans “for as long as the grasses shall grow, and the rivers run”?

Since graduating high school, Pixie Paranteau has insisted that everyone call her Patrice. Unlike most of the girls on the reservation, Patrice, the class valedictorian, has no desire to wear herself down with a husband and kids. She makes jewel bearings at the plant, a job that barely pays her enough to support her mother and brother. Patrice’s shameful alcoholic father returns home sporadically to terrorize his wife and children and bully her for money. But Patrice needs every penny to follow her beloved older sister, Vera, who moved to the big city of Minneapolis. Vera may have disappeared; she hasn’t been in touch in months, and is rumored to have had a baby. Determined to find Vera and her child, Patrice makes a fateful trip to Minnesota that introduces her to unexpected forms of exploitation and violence, and endangers her life.

Thomas and Patrice live in this impoverished reservation community along with young Chippewa boxer Wood Mountain and his mother Juggie Blue, her niece and Patrice’s best friend Valentine, and Stack Barnes, the white high school math teacher and boxing coach who is hopelessly in love with Patrice.

In the Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich creates a fictional world populated with memorable characters who are forced to grapple with the worst and best impulses of human nature. Illuminating the loves and lives, the desires and ambitions of these characters with compassion, wit, and intelligence, The Night Watchman is a majestic work of fiction from this revered cultural treasure.

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Book Clubs |

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Bentonville Public Library

Phone: 479-271-3192

Hours

Today's hours

Closed

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

About the branch

Bentonville Public Library is located just 3 blocks south of the Downtown Square, at 405 S. Main Street in Bentonville, Arkansas. Facility amenities include an engaging adult collection with private study rooms, vibrant children's and teen spaces, community meeting rooms, genealogy research center and café. 

Upcoming events

Mon, Aug 15, 9:00am - 9:30am
Enjoy storytime from the comfort of your home! Great for all ages.

Mon, Aug 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
McGaugh Family Literacy Area (Sun Room)
August Discussion of The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

Tue, Aug 16, 9:30am - 9:50am
Walmart Community Room
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Tue, Aug 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Walmart Community Room
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Tue, Aug 16, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Walmart Community Room
Practice the art of origami with our volunteer instructors. All skill levels welcome! For kids in 1st - 7th grade.

Tue, Aug 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
Join us for a presentation by registered dietitian Marla Richards as she discusses nutrition and the path to a healthier lifestyle!

Wed, Aug 17, 9:30am - 9:50am
Walmart Community Room
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Wed, Aug 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Walmart Community Room
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Wed, Aug 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Walmart Community Room
An introduction to robotics for students in kindergarten - 2nd grade.Register

Wed, Aug 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Rotary Conference Room
Join Melanie for a relaxing evening of zen doodling!

Thu, Aug 18, 9:30am - 9:45am
Walmart Community Room
Books, songs, lap bounces, and more! Best for ages 0-18 months and their caregiver.

Thu, Aug 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Walmart Community Room
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Thu, Aug 18, 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Virtual
Sierra Whitbey of the American Lung Association will present information on the importance of lung cancer screenings.

Thu, Aug 18, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Teen Zone
7th - 12th graders are invited to join D&D each week @BPL!

Fri, Aug 19, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Walmart Community Room
Join us for a 30 minute flow class for families.

Sat, Aug 20, 11:15am - 11:45am
Children's Area
Books, songs, movement activities, and more! All ages welcome.

Mon, Aug 22, 9:00am - 9:30am
Enjoy storytime from the comfort of your home! Great for all ages.

Mon, Aug 22, 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Rotary Conference Room
Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

Tue, Aug 23, 9:30am - 9:50am
Walmart Community Room
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Tue, Aug 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Walmart Community Room
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Tue, Aug 23, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Walmart Community Room
Build a LEGO® model based on the monthly challenge. For kids in K - 6th grade.

Wed, Aug 24, 9:30am - 9:50am
Walmart Community Room
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Wed, Aug 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Walmart Community Room
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Wed, Aug 24, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Teen Zone
All aspiring teen authors are invited!

Thu, Aug 25, 9:30am - 9:45am
Walmart Community Room
Books, songs, lap bounces, and more! Best for ages 0-18 months and their caregiver.

Thu, Aug 25, 9:45am - 10:00am
A tummy time workout session designed to help babies develop whole body motor control.

Thu, Aug 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Walmart Community Room
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Thu, Aug 25, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Teen Zone
7th - 12th graders are invited to join D&D each week @BPL!

Sat, Aug 27, 11:15am - 11:45am
Children's Area
Books, songs, movement activities, and more! All ages welcome.

Sat, Aug 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Teen Zone
7th - 12th graders are invited to this creative workshop!

Mon, Aug 29, 9:00am - 9:30am
Enjoy storytime from the comfort of your home! Great for all ages.

Tue, Aug 30, 9:30am - 9:50am
Walmart Community Room
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Tue, Aug 30, 10:30am - 11:00am
Walmart Community Room
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Wed, Aug 31, 9:30am - 9:50am
Walmart Community Room
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Wed, Aug 31, 10:30am - 11:00am
Walmart Community Room
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Thu, Sep 01, All day
Register for a free canvas, paint it at home, then bring it back to the library to be displayed throughout the month of October! For children ages 6-12.

Thu, Sep 01, 9:30am - 9:45am
Walmart Community Room
Books, songs, lap bounces, and more! Best for ages 0-18 months and their caregiver.

Thu, Sep 01, 10:30am - 11:00am
Walmart Community Room
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Thu, Sep 01, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Teen Zone
7th - 12th graders are invited to join D&D each week @BPL!

Fri, Sep 02, 10:30am - 11:00am
Arts and Crafts Room
Books, songs, movement activities, and more! All ages welcome.

Sat, Sep 03, 11:15am - 11:45am
Children's Area
Books, songs, movement activities, and more! All ages welcome.

Mon, Sep 05, All day
Library Closed for Labor Day

Mon, Sep 05, 9:00am - 9:30am
Enjoy storytime from the comfort of your home! Great for all ages.

Tue, Sep 06, 9:30am - 9:50am
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Tue, Sep 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Tue, Sep 06, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Teen Zone
7th - 12th graders - bring your math homework and stop by BPL's Teen Zone!

Wed, Sep 07, 9:30am - 9:50am
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Wed, Sep 07, 10:30am - 11:00am
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Wed, Sep 07, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Rotary Conference Room
Library Advisory Board Meeting

Wed, Sep 07, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
McGaugh Family Literacy Area (Sun Room)
September Discussion of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Canceled
Wed, Sep 07, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Open chess play for adults of all skill levels.

Thu, Sep 08, 9:30am - 9:50am
Books, songs, lap bounces, and more! Best for ages 0-18 months and their caregiver.

Thu, Sep 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Thu, Sep 08, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Teen Zone
7th - 12th graders are invited to join D&D each week @BPL!

Sat, Sep 10, 11:15am - 11:45am
Books, songs, movement activities, and more! All ages welcome.

Sat, Sep 10, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual
Join Eric Fuselier to learn about the native edible and medicinal plants found growing in the Ozarks.

Sat, Sep 10, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Rotary Conference Room
Join instructor Amita Rathore to practice heartfulness and meditation.

Mon, Sep 12, 9:00am - 9:30am
Enjoy storytime from the comfort of your home! Great for all ages.

Mon, Sep 12, 10:00am - 11:00am
Rotary Conference Room
Friends of the Bentonville Library Monthly Meeting

Mon, Sep 12, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Teen Zone
Read, think, and share ideas about great books! This month, we're talking about The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies. For children entering 4th - 6th grade.

Canceled
Mon, Sep 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Author Mara Leveritt discusses her far-reaching, yet close-to-home, true crime book, All Quiet at Mena.

Tue, Sep 13, 9:30am - 9:50am
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Tue, Sep 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Tue, Sep 13, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
McGaugh Family Literacy Area (Sun Room)
September Discussion of The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse