Reading Together for a Better Starkville


January 18, 2017 at 4:15
Starkville Public Library

Starkville Read is looking for new members. Come join us Wednesday, January 18!


Starkville Reads Recommends
for the 2017 Spring Semester the readings
and discussions listed below and
hosted by Nancy Hargrove

The discussions will meet on January 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 4 p.m. at the Starkville Public Library.

1. The first session will be January 10. Acccording to discussion leader Nancy Hargrove, the novel What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, is a popular novel "but one with many elements to discuss and a bit long (though an easy read), so you might want to give yourselves a good head-start. Copies are available at the library or you can order it at Amazon (about $9) and it will arrive in two days.

2. On January 17, the second discussion will be F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story Babylon Revisited.


3. January 24, the third meeting, will be Hemingway’s short story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” Copies of both stories are available at the front desk of the library or may be downloaded it from the internet.

4. The final session will include the following poems and choose which to discuss: “The Road Not Taken” (Frost); “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” (Jarrell); “What’s that Smell in the Kitchen” by Piercy; “Daystar” by Dve; “Marks” by Pastan; “This Sunday Mornings” by Hayden; “Stop all the Clocks” by Auden; “The Dance” by Williams; and “Rite of Passage” by Olds. The list is a nice mix of old and new, well-known and lesser-known, men and women poets, and subjects, according to Hargrove.


The sessions are part of the Cups of Chaucer series previously held by Hargrove at the library. They are open to the public and free of charge. Plan to attend for interesting discussions!

There will be handouts of the poems and short stories at the front desk of the library, and they can be also checked out, purchased, or ordered.


Great attendance for our Go Set a Watchman Panel Nov. 17, 2015,
despite the weather! See photos below!

Panelists Drs. Don Shafer, Bonnie O’Neill, and Ted Atkinson

Starkville Reads President Rob Brown introduces the panelists and the topic for the night.

Some of the many people in attendance for the discussion of Go Set a Watchman.

Audience waits for the discussion to start.

Bonnie O’Neill discusses feminism in the novel.

Don Shafer had interesting remarks to make about the character of Atticus and
Jean Louise’s coming of age in the novel.

Some students and teachers from Starkville
Academy attended the discussion.

Keep checking back for the next programs presented by Starkville Reads.


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Starkville Reads sponsors free Basket of Books and Magazines
at the following places:

1. The Food Bank at St. Joseph Catholic Church
2. Emerson Family School
3. Oktibbeha County Health Department
4. The Wash Depot on Highway 25
5. The Church of God Food Pantry
6. Community Counseling Services
7. Starkville Senior Center

The books are available for free to readers at the above locations. Donations for the Basket of Books Project are also very much appreciated. Books and magazines may be donated. For more information or to donate books, contact Marty Friend ( or Jessica Hubbard ( Books may also be brought to the programs or you may email or call one of the members.

Some of Starkville Reads Advisory Board members as they leave
the meeting on March 18, 2015. From left to right, Christy Crenshaw, Ted Atkinson, Ellie Goodman, Earlie Fleming, Alice Carol Caldwell, President Rob Brown, Christina Jurasik, Simone Cottrell, and Joel Okula

If you are interested in joining our advisory board,
please contact our president Rob Brown.
We are looking for people with some new ideas!
You are welcome to just show up or contact Rob here.

Starkville Reads Advisory Board meets
every third Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. except in December.



Starkville Reads programs are free to the public,
but tax deductible contributions are very much appreciated
and may brought to our programs or mailed to

Starkville Reads
P. O. Box 80100
Starkville, MS 39759


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