Round Rock New Neighbors is a social organization of women welcoming women in the Round Rock area since 1978. Both "new" and "old" neighbors are welcome. For more information: rrnewneighbors.org [Barnes & Noble requires that RRNN's book club be open to the public, so you do not need to be an RRNN member to attend book club, and both men and women are welcome and do attend. ]

Literary Events

Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently in theaters. Look for the DeLorean. (Hint-it's moving quickly and is black and you're more likely to find it if you watch one of the explanatory videos that elaborates on the trailer.) If you want to, stay on the YouTube page and see lots more about Ready Player One. After all, it's a movie about the native online generation.

Great and uplifting film!

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Barnes & Noble La Frontera hosts the first meeting of a new nationwide Barnes & Noble Book Club May 2nd, 6:00 - 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble La Frontera. The book is Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer. The book is available at Barnes & Noble La Frontera.
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HILL COUNTRY AUTHORS SERIES

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library will host their 36th author event on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 2 PM, in the Community Rooms of the library located at 402 W. 8th St.

The featured speaker will be local author, MJ Hegar, who published ‘Shoot Like a Girl’ in 2017.

In Shoot like A Girl, MJ takes the reader on a dramatic journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice.

Tickets are $15 in advance. They’re available at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, and online at www.folgeorgetown.org/calendar. Tickets are available at the door for $18. A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Coffee Company is included.

The event begins at 2 PM; doors open at 130 PM. Proceeds are used to fund unbudgeted items and other ongoing library projects.


Friday, May 20, 2005

We are Thankful Not to Be Nickel and Dimed

It seemed most of us read Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich, and attended the discussion! It was a big group, with everyone having ideas! Nickel and Dimed is an important book! Our discussion was fascinating, ranging from dislike of the author for her arrogance to the pros and cons of WalMart as savior or societal menace. Karen had researched WalMart , so she fueled the discussion with facts. We had some ideas of things that our society needs to do. I think most of us agreed that some government programs are very helpful, and that the government's measuring the poverty level against food prices rather than lodging prices is old-fashioned and is part of the problem of the working poor. An interesting question Karen asked everyone was, "What surprised you when you read this book?" We were surprised about the poverty of people who have full-time and sometimes multiple jobs, we were surprised that hired maids are trained to make our houses look clean rather than be clean, and we were surprised that the invisible poor have been invisible to us.

Today, I went to WalMart. I bought some mulch. An elderly employee, maybe a fixed-income retired man, was stuck with helping me. He had shorts on (outdoor garden dept.) and was wearing thick support stockings. When I told him what kind of mulch I wanted, he said, "Oh, that's what I was afraid of. That's the heavy kind!" He was very helpful, though. I helped him load one bag onto my cart, but then he was going to load the rest onto a big platform cart, and he did that himself while I took my bag to the cashier to pay for the batch and then went to get the car. Fortunately, another gray-haired man was there to help him the first guy load the mulch into the car. Apparently, the guy they wanted to do the lifting was at lunch - this is probably a young guy who ends up with most of the lifting, which is OK with him...for now. So, here was an example of someone who has to walk a lot and lift a lot to keep his job but who has definite physical limitations. It definitely brought Nickel and Dimed to mind!

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