The State Library of Pennsylvania hosts a semi-regular lunchtime book club open to state employees as well as to the public.
The book club now meets in the format of a virtual meeting. Attendees take part in conversations about the book along with Kathy Hale, Public Services Librarian Supervisor at the State Library of Pennsylvania.
Come to share thoughts about the characters, plot, setting and impact of the book with others who have read the book or any part of it.
Upcoming Book Club Meetings
Preregistration is Required: Register to receive a link to the online meeting via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsd-ypqTkjHdPUDexnke6HQrFEhHWz1b4o
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Book: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
Book Description (as provided by the publisher): "In her twenties, Belle da Costa
Greene is hired by J. Pierpont Morgan to curate a collection of rare
manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Morgan Library. Belle
becomes a fixture on the New York society scene and one of the most powerful
people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd
negotiating for critical works as she helps build a world-class collection. But
Belle has a secret: she was born Belle Marion Greener, daughter of Richard
Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and well-known advocate for
equality. Belle's alleged Portuguese heritage lets her pass as white, but she
will go through great lengths to preserve her carefully crafted identity in a
This book may be borrowed from many Pennsylvania public Libraries.
Commonwealth employees may complete the State Library’s Inter-Library Loan Book Request Form for assistance with borrowing this book via Interlibrary Loan. Participants do not need a State Library card to participate in the book discussion.