“Once Nothing, Twice Shatter” and “The Demolition Derby and Small-Town Politics”

Quick Bites – Short media discussed over lunch hour

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting nine book discussions in May. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book. Zoom links are available on the Library’s website or you can email ktorresdal@decorahlibrary.org to be added to any of the seven groups’ email distribution lists. Funds for multiple copy sets were generously provided by Friends of Decorah Public Library.

The Quick Bites group will meet in a hybrid format on May 10 and May 24 from 12:15-1 p.m.  Quick Bites is a new discussion group focused on short form media. This group will discuss short stories, essays, poetry, and audio/visual materials over the lunch hour on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Participants can attend in person in the Library’s Public Meeting Room in the lower level of the library or via Zoom. 

The May 24 Quick Bites features a short story and an essay all about demolition derbies. Tyler Barton tells us the story of a charismatic kingpin and cast of desperate characters who smash cars into oblivion in “Once Nothing, Twice Shatter”. 

Text –  https://electricliterature.com/once-nothing-twice-shatter-tyler-barton/ 

And from fiction to nonfiction, JC Hallman investigates the chaos and culture of demolition derbies, going so far as to enter one himself in rural Maine. 

Text – https://psmag.com/magazine/the-demolition-derby-and-small-town-politics 

For more information, contact Tricia Crary (Friday Book Group), Zach Row-Heyveld (Cookbook and Quick Bites Groups) or Kristin Torresdal (Happy Hour, History, and Speculative Fiction Book Groups) at 563-382-3717.

Zoom Invitation 

Decorah Public Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 

Topic: Quick Bites 

Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime 

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Meeting ID: 836 1798 8317 

Passcode: 316638 

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Meeting ID: 836 1798 8317 


May 24 2022


12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

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