Join us at Speer Memorial Library in Mission on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, for a discussion of the novel Emma, to take place in the library’s Community Room at 5:30 p.m. in Spanish, and at 6:30 p.m. in English. Everyone is welcome to attend and discuss the book.

“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.”

So begins the novel, introducing Emma, who claims to have no aspirations of her own for love or marriage, but takes it upon herself to be a matchmaker for others.

Her latest project is seventeen-year-old Harriet Smith, sweet, kind, and sincere—and completely caught up in Emma’s schemes.

Unfortunately, Emma soon finds herself caught up in the unintended consequences of interfering in the lives of others—consequences that may affect her own chances of finding love.

Written by Jane Austen, and first published in 1815, Emma is set in England in the early 1800s, a time when, for most women, marriage was the only path to economic security and social advancement in a very class-conscious society. The novel satirizes this class-consciousness, showing that true love and happiness can prevail.

We will have some copies of the book available for check out to those who sign up for the book discussion, or you can stop by our library’s Reference Desk, or call at 580-8754, and we will try to obtain a copy for you via Interlibrary Loan. This title is also available as an eBook at

For more information, or to sign up for the book discussion, please call William Renner or Rose Alvarez at 580-8754 or 580-8750. You can also register at the Reference Desk, or by email at

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