August 28, 2014

Southwest Book Club- Here's What We're Reading in September

The Southwest Book Cub's selection for September is Out of Order: Stories from the Supreme Court by Sandra Day O' Conner.

It's available in the following formats: regular print, book on CD, downloadable audiobook, and an eBook. To check out or reserve a copy in one of these formats, go to the title listing in the library catalog. You will need a Orange County Library System library card to check out or reserve books.

Read a sample:

Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Branch Library. See you there!

August 12, 2014

Southwest Book Club Meets August 19

dog's_purpose.jpg Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? Readers will also get a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the bonds between people and animals.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. No registration needed. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email

Tuesday, August 19
7:00 p.m.
Meeting will be held in the reading/gallery area (look for the pumpkin-colored walls at the back of the library).

Discussion Questions
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. A Dog's Purpose is written from an animal's first-person point of view. How do you think this book would have been different if its narrator had been human? As the book unfolded, did you feel drawn into experiencing the world through a dog's senses? Was it an enjoyable, or uncomfortable, process? Did it surprise you, and if so, at what points?

2. One of the most compelling arcs of the novel is the way in which Bailey's understanding of his purpose--from being able to survive in the world outside the Yard, to being able to love and care for the boy, to ultimately being able to save people--evolves over time. Does our sense of purpose in life evolve in this way? Do the purposes themselves evolve--do we have different purposes as children and adolescents than as adults, or elders? Have you seen your own purpose change during your lifetime?

3. Have you ever had a special dog (or pet) who seemed to understand you?

4. Which of the dog's lives resonated most with you? Why?

Discussion questions obtained at:

August 5, 2014

New Book Club to Start at Southwest September 17

Do you like to read books about great lives and times?

If this rings true for you, the new book club at Southwest Library is for you! The Got a Life Book Club will discuss riveting life stories from the rich and famous to ordinary folks doing extraordinary things as presented in biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, and historical or travel narratives.
At the book club's inaugural meeting, discussion will focus on Walter Isaacson's Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, showing how he helped to forge the American national identity and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

This book is available for check out at the Orange County Library System with a valid library card. It's available in book, audiobook, large print, and eBook formats.

Wednesday, September 17
10:00 A.M.
Southwest Library Meeting Room

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. No registration needed. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email