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Movies in the Afternoon: Wednesday January 17th at 1:00 p.m.  
Battle of the Sexes

Starring:  Steve Carell, Emma Stone, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman & Alan Cummings.
Directors: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris. 121 minutes, PG-13. 
The true story of the 1973 tennis match that was known as The Battle of the Sexes  between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. The match, the most watched television event of all time, began a global discussion of gender equality and may have even set fire to the feminist movement. Follow not just the matchup, but the personal life of each contestant as they fight their battles. From the quest for equal pay to the desire to relive the glory days, both contestants engaged in a cultural battle with implications far beyond the tennis court.

Movies in the Evening: Monday January 29th at 6:30 p.m.  
Victoria & Abdul

Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith & Eddie Izzard 
Director: Stephen Frears; 112 minutes, PG-13.

When Abdul Karim, a clerk in his twenties, comes to the Queen of England's court from India in 1887, he comes for the queen's Golden Jubilee festivities. He stays long after and develops a close and sometimes controversial friendship with the aging queen. Curious about his homeland, a nation over which she is Empress, the queen's personal favor grows as she gets to know Abdul as both her clerk and confidant. In a time of heightened prejudice and inequality between the two nations under her rule, this brings criticism from members of her court and family.

No reservations necessary!  The Friends of Portland Library supports the Library’s DVD collection.

Monthly Book Discussions

Thursday January 4, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Book Discussion: The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Despite her own major achievements--she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States--Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh's wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life's infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

Titles are available to borrow.


Tuesday January 23, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Mysteries around the World Book Club 

Canada: Still Life by Louise Penny

Set in Canada, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montréal and yet a world away. Jane Neal, a long-time resident of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more but Gamache smells something foul this holiday season…and is soon certain that Jane died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

With this award-winning first novel, Louise Penny introduces an engaging hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces--and this series--with power, ingenuity, and charm. 

Books will be available for borrowing prior to the discussion.