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A black and white still from the 1953 film "House of Wax."  Three shrouded bodies lay on cloth-covered tables in a morgue.  It is an austere room with dark, square openings on the wall to the right and a single, gas sconce on the rear wall illuminating the scene.  A figure stands in the center of the frame, visible only as a black sillhouette wearing a wide brimmed hat, gloves, and a long coat with a raised collar.  The figure is pulling the shroud back from the body in the foreground, revealing a white woman's face and blonde curls.

Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, October 4
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Come join us for a special Halloween movie showing of House of Wax with Vincent Price.  In this wicked performance by Price that crowned him the master of the macabre, Price plays a wax sculptor who is plunged into madness when an arsonist destroys his life's work.  Unable to use his flame-scarred hands, he devises a new and murderous way of restocking his House of Wax!

A color photograph of a prison wall.  An overgrown asphalt lot covered in patches of tall, dry brown grass fills the foreground.  A few weedy brown saplings stretch up from a pair of partially-visible rocks in the bottom right corner of the frame.  Just beyond the grass a row of rusted poles jut into the air, concertina wire stretched in lazy, hungry spirals between them.  Rising up on the other side of the fence is a metal guard tower with a tightly spiraled open staircase leading up to an observation deck that is only partially visible at the top of the photo.  The tower hugs closely to a drab grey concrete wall topped with more razor wire.  Time and weather have stained the top of the wall the dull brown of blood and rust.  High intensity industrial lights rise peer down from posts at the top of the wall, dark silhouettes against a grey blue sky that hides behind a ragged wall of dirty grey clouds.
A blue bar beneath the picture has white lettering on it which reads "Prisoner #4578: A True Story of Lust, Greed, and the "Michigan Matricide"

Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, October 18
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

True crime historian Tobin Buhk takes us back to January 1889, when detectives track a savage killer who murdered a middle-aged woman in her sleep.  Follow the trail from the blood-spattered crime scene in Jackson to Detroit's underworld of bordellos, revealing a shocking truth that would stun the entire community and lead to a murder trial that made national headlines.  Study the crime scene, follow the clues, and ponder the motives of the "Michigan Matricide," a man so feared and despised that he inspired several attempts to bring back the electric chair to the Great Lakes State.

A faded color photograph of two white men wearing wireframe sunglasses and dark suits with paisley ties.  Behind them, US President Gerald Ford is standing in a small group of middle-aged white men in suits.  Ford appears to be speaking to someone with their back turned to the camera.  Superimposed over the bottom edge of the photo is a cropped image of a gold-colored badge.  Embossed on the badge is a picture of the White House and the words "U.S. Secret Service," "Uniformed Division," and "Officer" in gold block letters against a dark blue background.  The photograph is framed by a blue rectangle the same color as the blue background on the badge.  Below the photo and the badge are the words "Life in the Secret Service," written in the same blue color.

Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, October 19
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

U.S. Secret Service Agent Radford Jones will provide a brief history of the U.S. Secret Service and what it is like being a member of this elite team.  Agent Jones has 20 years of experience protecting six former presidents from John F. Kennedy through Ronald Reagan, as well as protecting numerous heads of state.

Registration is required; call 313-791-3800 to register.

This program was originally scheduled for earlier this year.  Those who registered before do not have to register again.

A silvery grey flying saucer hovers over a pale blue background.  Two small, cartoonish renditions of classic gray aliens with large heads and flat black eyes stand beneath the UFO.  The words "Spooky True UFO Stories" are printed in blue text surrounded by a glowing white rectangle.  A dark blue line runs horizontally across the bottom tenth of the image.

Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, October 25
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Any close encounter with a UFO is hair-raising, but there are some cases where the events are so bizarre and frightening that they're in a class of their own: ominous UFOs, strange beings, harrowing encounters in the middle of the night.  If you are brave, come listen to Bill Konkolesky, the Director of Michigan Mutual UFO Network, tell us about some of the eeriest true UFO events you'll ever hear.

A cartoony image of a black ghost with a purple face scaring five small purple and white ghosts.  The small ghosts have the letters B I N G O on their fronts.  Below the ghosts is a teal rectangle with the words "Ghostly Bingo" written on it in purple block letters.  Four small cartoon ghosts in various pastel colors are on either side of the text.

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Thursday, October 27
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Join us for a fun game of Halloween themed bingo!
New games begin approximately every 1/2 hour.  All ages are welcome.  Beginning readers must be accompanied by a parent or with someone who can help them.

Book Clubs

A soft-focus close-up of a coffee cup filled with black coffee sitting in a saucer perched atop two cloth-bound books with faded red covers.  The books are angled to obscure the titles and are resting on a surface of weathered wood.  In the top-left corner of the image is a warm brown rectangle with white lettering inside that reads "Fireside Book Chats."

Fireside Book Chats

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
First Monday of the month, October - June*
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

*Fireside Book Chats will not meet in January

Join us for our Fireside Book Chats at the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library.  Our book club meets the first Monday of the month from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Copies of each book will be available at the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library one month prior to the discussion.  Refreshments will be served.

Please contact the the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library circulation desk at 313-791-6050 with questions.

October 3
The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

November 7
Tin Camp Road by Ellen Airgood

December 5
In Cheap We Trust by Lauren Weber

No meeting scheduled

February 6
The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn

April 3
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

May 1
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Pemmer

June 5
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

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Non-Fiction Book Club

Caroline Kennedy Library
Third Wednesday of the month, September - May
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Feel free to join us as we explore the best that non-fiction reading has to offer.  Meetings will be at the Caroline Kennedy Library from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month from September through May.  Stop by the circulation desk a month or so before each meeting to pick up a copy of the book that will be discussed.

Please contact the the Caroline Kennedy circulation desk at 313-791-3800 with questions.

September 21
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson

October 19
Defying Hitler: The Germans Who Resisted Hitler by Gordon Thomas

November 16
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andres Resendez

December 21
The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" Rescued his Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford

January 18
The Answer Is...: Reflection on My Life by Alex Trebek

February 15
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

March 15
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife

April 19
The Selling of the Babe: The Deal that Changed Baseball and Created a Legend by Glenn Stout

May 17
Topsy: The Starling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison by Michael Daly

Red, all-caps lettering against a white background reads "Fiction Ignition Book Club."  Diagonal stripes of muted fall colors radiate up and outward from the bottom center of the image, passing behind the white rectangle and forming a border.

Fiction Ignition Book Club

Caroline Kennedy Library
Second Monday of the month, September - May
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Join us for our Fiction Ignition Book Club for adults at the Caroline Kennedy Library.  Our book club meets on the second Monday of the month from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and again from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. so you can choose the time that works best for you!  Stop by a month or so before the next meeting to pick up a copy of the book at the circulation desk.

Please contact Jason Stanley, Librarian, at 313-791-3800 with questions.

September 12
Jaws by Peter Benchley

October 10
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

November 14
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

December 12
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

January 9
To Build a Fire (short story) by Jack London

February 13
The Soulmate Equation by Christine Lauren

March 13
The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

April 10
Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

May 8
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman