Start: 10:00 am
The U.S. Presidents group reads and discusses concise biographies of past presidents, their leadership abilities and how well their reputations have withstood the test of time. The biography for April is James Madison by Garry Wills (Times Books, $23.00). Renowned historian Garry Wills takes a fresh look at the life of James Madison, from his rise to prominence in the colonies through his role in the creation of the Articles of Confederation and the first Constitutional Congress. Madison oversaw the first foreign war under the constitution, and was forced to adjust some expectations he had formed while drafting that document. Not temperamentally suited to be a wartime President, Madison nonetheless confronted issues such as public morale, internal security, relations with Congress, and the independence of the military. Wills traces Madison's later life during which, like many recent Presidents, he enjoyed greater popularity than while in office.
Start: 3:00 pm
The Golden Sowers group will discuss Kenny and the Dragon by Tony Diterlizzi (Simon & Schuster, $6.99). Kenny is a little rabbit with a very big problem. His two best friends are heading into a battle of legendary proportions--with each other! In one corner there's Graeme, a well-read and cultured dragon with sophisticated tastes. In the other there's George, a retired knight and dragon slayer who would be content to spend the rest of his days in his bookshop. Neither really wants to fight, but the village townsfolk are set on removing Graeme from their midst and calling George out of retirement. Can Kenny avert disaster?