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Weighing ‘Queen Sugar’; youth discussion group


The Palmdale City Library African American Book Club on Aug. 16 will discuss author Natalie Baszile’s “Queen Sugar,” a book that transports the reader from urban Los Angeles to rural Louisiana. The discussion takes place from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.

When Charley unexpectedly inherits 800 acres of sugarcane land, she and her 11-year-old daughter leave the west coast and head south, only to learn that sugarcane farming was and will always be a “White man’s” business. After a sweltering summer unfolds, Charley struggles to balance the overwhelming challenges of a farm in decline with the demands of family and the desires of her heart.

New members are always welcome to meet on the third Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m.

A new civics discussion group for teenagers will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. beginning Aug. 16. Designed for youth 13 to 19 years, each session of the “Young Americans” group will look at current events with the help of guest speakers and interesting activities. Organizers hope the meetings will assist youth in becoming informed, intelligent adults. There will be snacks and refreshments, and each participant will receive a momento.

“Learn how to be the best citizen you can be, and find out what’s going on in the world as well,” said Thomas Vose, library director.

Register for “Yoga in the Library” scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 20. The local yoga group “The Yoga Roots” will guide participants in the basics of this relaxing form of exercise good for both body and soul.

“If you’ve always wanted to try yoga but did not know where to start, this class is for you,” said Debbie Petersen, assistant library director. “Join us and try out a yoga class for free.” Organizers suggest you bring along a yoga mat or a large towel.

The library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more details, call (661) 267-5600 or visit