About Richmond Reads

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Richmond Reads is a community one-book program designed specifically for the Richmond Memorial Library community. The goal of the program is for the community to join together in reading the chosen title, and then to participate in subsequent discussions and programs.

 

2021 Selection: The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin!

Click here for a special video message from the author!

Visit our YouTube page for more, including a recording of the reveal!

Book Discussions are scheduled for:
Wednesday, October 13 at 9 am
Saturday, October 16 at 10 am
Monday, October 18 at 6:30 pm

Attend the Virtual Author Visit: Eileen Garvin will visit on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 pm on Zoom for a reading and book talk. Please register!

Saturday, September 25 at 11:00 am- Encaustic Wax Painting Demo (click link for more info and to register)
Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30 pm- All About Pollinators Program (click link for more info and to register)
Thursday, October 14 at 6:00 pm- Richmond Reads Reel Discussions (click link for more info- no registration required)

Review Contest: write a review of The Music of Bees for a chance to win a signed copy of the book and $50 to a local restaurant! 
PDF icon2021 Review Contest Rules and Information
Link to Review Contest Form

 

 

Past Selections: 

2019 Selection: Southernmost by Silas House
2020 Selection: Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens

 

Richmond Reads is sponsored by The Friends of Richmond Memorial Library!

 

About the Title

The Music of Bees follows three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life’s curveballs, who are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing–and maybe even a second chance–just when they least expect it. Beautifully moving, warm, and uplifting, The Music of Bees is about the power of friendship, compassion in the face of loss, and finding the courage to start over (at any age)  when things don’t turn out the way you expect.” (publisher summary)

 

About the Author

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Eileen lives in Hood River, Oregon, which is located on the south bank of the Columbia River near Mount Hood. She has been a freelance writer for more than fifteen years, writing about travel, outdoor recreation and small business for various online and print media outlets. Her work has appeared with PsychologyToday.com, The Oregonian, Travel Oregon, and Creative Non-Fiction Magazine
A few years ago, Eileen purchased a package of Carniolan honeybees and entered the world of backyard beekeeping. She is currently enrolled in the Master Beekeeper Apprentice Program with the Oregon State University Extension Service. Her interest in these fascinating pollinators led to her first attempt at fiction.  Eileen and her husband share their home with a fearless calico cat, a passionate Baja mutt and sixty thousand honeybees, give or take.  
The Music of Bees is Eileen’s debut novel. She has a previously published memoir, How to be a Sister, which  captures the experience and impact of growing up with her sister, Margaret, who has autism. (adapted from eileengarvin.com) Photo by Kate Schwager

 

Read the Book

Check out the book at the library or online! Available in regular print and as an eBook or Audiobook on OverDrive. 

The Music of Bees is available for sale at the library for $15, cash or check made out to the Friends of Richmond Memorial Library.

 

Participate in the events!

Registration required for all events except Book Discussions and Reel Discussions.

Book Discussions are scheduled for:
Wednesday, October 13 at 9 am
Saturday, October 16 at 10 am
Monday, October 18 at 6:30 pm

Attend the Virtual Author Visit: Eileen Garvin will visit on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 pm on Zoom for a reading and book talk.

Saturday, September 25 at 11:00 am- Encaustic Wax Painting Demo
Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30 pm- All About Pollinators Program
Thursday, October 14 at 6:00 pm- Richmond Reads Reel Discussions

 

 

 

Support the Program

Richmond Reads is an independent initiative of Richmond Memorial Library and sponsored by the Friends of Richmond Memorial Library.  We welcome all support of the program.  Should you wish to contribute financially, forms are available at the front desk or at the reference desk.

Attend the Author Visit

Eileen Garvin will join us for a virtual visit on Thursday, October 21 at 7 pm! 

Questions?

Contact Samantha Stryker Basile, Adult & Community Services Librarian at sstryker@nioga.org or at 585-343-9550 x8.

Ways to Connect
Richmond Reads Committee

Sue Briggs
Sue Chiddy
Leslie DeLooze
Cynthia Hagelberger
Irene Hickey
Judy Sikora
Samantha Stryker Basile, Program Coordinator