This year, the Arlington Reads Together Committee is seeking book nominations from Arlingtonians. Have you read a book that explores the issues Arlington is facing? Have an idea for a great community read book? We want to hear from you! The committee looks for a selection of books that is available in paperback, large print, audiobook, e-book, and e-audiobook. Nominations are due July 7.
Arlington Reads Together is a joint project between the Library and Vision 2020’s Diversity Task Group, so diversity is a theme the committee looks for in books and places at the center of the community read program. Arlingtonians are encouraged to think about the diversity issues the town is facing: racial, religious, immigration, population transition, changing socioeconomics, cultural competence.
Arlington Reads Together will be heading into its 14th year in 2017. Arlington Reads Together began in 2002 as a way of bringing the community together through literature. The program strives to connect people through shared experiences, strengthening bonds within our town, exploring ideas to break down preconceptions or stereotypes and giving people the opportunity to explore one topic–together.
The selection committee is made up of librarians and volunteer community leaders. We have representatives from Diversity Task Group, Arlington Public Schools, Trustees and Friends board members. In early July, committee members will select a short list from nominated titles from the public and committee members. Over the summer, the committee will read the titles, and meet again in November to select one.
2003 Seedfolks– Paul Fleischman
2004 Whale Rider– Witi Tame Ihimaera
2005 Snow in August– Pete Hamill
2006 Mountains Beyond Mountains-Tracy Kidder
2007 To Kill A Mockingbird– Harper Lee
2008 Digging to America– Ann Tyler
2009 4 titles related to the theme of the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan:What is the What– Dave Eggers; Tears of the Desert-Hamila Bashir; They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky– Benjamin Akak; Escape from Slavery– Francis Bok
2010 Marcello in the Real World– Francisco Stork
2011 Zeitoun– Dave Eggers
2012 The Fault in Our Stars– John Green
2013 The Great Gatsby– F. Scott Fitzgerald (1st year switching to March from October)
2014 The Book Thief– Markus Zusak
2015 My Sister on the Mantlepiece – Annabel Pitcher
2016 Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie