GREENWICH, Conn. Greenwich Library is exploring titles for the 2012 Greenwich Reads Together campaign and wants public input.
Greenwich Reads Together's goal is to engage all residents in exploring a single book. This month, the community can submit suggestions at the Greenwich Reads Together Website . Suggestion boxes will also be located at all library branches and partner locations. Discussions, programs and lectures based on the selected book are scheduled for the two weeks from April 15-29.
Last spring, the program focused on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and nearly 20 community organizations participated, including the Greenwich Alliance for Education, Nathaniel Witherell, Greenwich Pen Women, Neighbor to Neighbor and a host of others. More than 2,000 Greenwich residents participated in events, including two sold-out sessions with author Zusak, lectures, concerts and craft sessions for kids.
During November, the Book Selection Committee, composed of Greenwich Library staff from across several departments, will select a book that will have broad community appeal. They will announce their decision later that month. While there will be plenty of hard and e-copies available through the libraries, the timing of the announcement coincides with holiday gift buying.
A book for the reading campaign should be of high literary quality, reflective of universal issues and capable of generating thought-provoking discussions. It should lend itself to engaging public programs and appeal to a diverse population. A book written by a living author is preferred, though that is not a required. It must also be in print and available in large quantities and in multiple formats, including paperback, e-book, audiobook and large print.
The Steering Committee includes the Greenwich Library, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Pen Women, Greenwich Public Schools and Friends of Greenwich Library.
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