The Santa Maria Public Library facilitates a monthly book club named The Valley Reads. The club meets on Tuesday, July 25th in Study Room ‘F’ from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Each month a new book title is read and discussed.

To join The Valley Reads, please come to the Santa Maria Public Library.  Sign-ups are available at the second floor information desk.

The book selection for July is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. The tale is about a young boy who is taken by a div, which is a sort of ogre, and how that fate might not be as terrible as it first seems.  This brilliant device firmly sets the tone for the rest of the sweeping, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting novel.  A day after the father tells the tale of the div, the father gives away the daughter to a wealthy man in Kabul. What follows is a series of stories within the story, told through multiple viewpoints, spanning more than half a century, and shifting across continents.  The novel moves through war, separation, birth, death, deceit, and love.  The story illustrates how people’s actions, even the seemingly selfless ones, are shrouded in ambiguity.  This is a masterwork by a master storyteller.

The Library’s hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  The Library is closed on Sunday.  The Library is located at 421 S. McClelland Street.

Questions may be directed to the Library’s information desk, 925-0994 extension 8562.