january, 2022

fri21jan11:00 AM12:15 PMIn-Person Event: Book Lovers Book Club (also meets separately via Zoom!) - "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Ponte Vedra Beach Branch

Event Details

The Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library’s Book Lovers Book Club now meets twice a month in 2022 – in person on Friday morning and via Zoom on Wednesday evening – so everyone can join in, even if you work or go to school! All adults and high school teens are invited to participate. If you can’t join us in person, please visit this link to RSVP for our Zoom Book Lovers Book Club meeting this month:  Zoom Book Lovers Book Club

The St. Johns Reads 2022 selection our Book Club will be reading is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Book and audiobook copies, while they last, are available at the Adult Reference Desk at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library for checkout. You can also request a copy of this title in our catalog:  Little Fires Everywhere. If you need assistance requesting this title, please stop by the Adult Reference Desk or call our Library at (904) 827-6950. This selection is also available as an e-book and as an e-audiobook in our database, Overdrive, which is also available as a free app called Libby for all Android and Apple devices. We can’t wait to discuss this book with you!

Book Synopsis:  “The book opens with a fire in the well-heeled neighborhood of Shaker Heights — a culmination of simmering tensions in the community. The town has been divided over a thorny issue involving the adoption of a baby by a couple in the neighborhood. While the couple is well-off with good intentions, the birth mother has been searching for her baby since she left her at fire station in desperation and then subsequently realized her mistake a few days later. In a story about adoption, motherhood, race and social divisions, Celeste Ng presents a thoughtful and gripping drama about a community wrestling with difficult questions about character, class and values.” (taken from The Bibliophile) This book is a Reese’s Book Club selection and a current Hulu miniseries.

St. Johns Reads is the St. Johns County Public Library System’s annual “Community Reads” program. Presented for the 17th year, 2022’s program features four different books, unified by the theme “secrets”: “The Vanishing Half,” by Britt Bennett, “Crossing the Creek: The Literary Friendship of Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings,” by Anna Lillios, “Little Fires Everywhere,” by Celeste Ng, and a title for young adults, “Children of Blood and Bone,” by Tomi Adeyemi. The four featured titles are available to enjoy in print, large print, audiobook on disc, digital audiobook, and ebook formats. “St. Johns Reads: Secrets” also presents a variety of both in-person and virtual programming inspired by the selected books. Special thanks to our generous Friends of the Library groups for sponsoring our St. Johns Reads program.


(Friday) 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM


Ponte Vedra Beach Branch