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Novels @ Noon

A Summer Book Club for Adults

Bring your lunch to the library…we’ll bring the lemonade and dessert…together we’ll enjoy a pleasant lunch hour book discussion! Novels @ Noon, our summer book club for adults, takes root with two down-to-earth stories. Join us under the library tent on the third Thursday of July and August from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. To register, call 973-728-2822, email, or stop at the Adult/Teen Services desk.

The Underside of Joy

Thursday, July 18
Ella and Joe live an idyllic life amid the California Redwoods tending to their garden, running a family market, and raising Joe’s two beautiful children. When an accident upends this charmed life, Ella unravels but recognizes she must dig deep to uncover Joe’s secrets, as well as secure the future of her broken family in Seré Prince Halverson’s rich novel.



The Roots of the Olive Tree

Thursday, August 15
Among the olive groves of California’s Sacramento Valley, live five generations of strong Keller women. Anna, the 112- year-old matriarch, hopes to become the world’s oldest living person while Dr. Amrit Hashmi, a geneticist, hopes to unearth the secrets of the Keller women’s longevity. As family secrets are revealed, each Keller woman is shaken to her roots in Courtney Miller Santo’s compelling debut.