Help pick the next Arlington Reads Together Title

For the past 16 years the community reading project Arlington Reads Together has inspired the community to come together to talk about great books and inspiring ideas.  ART thumbnail

The Arlington Reads Together Committee is again 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?  Please share it with the committee by emailing Anna Litten at alitten@minlib.net or fill out a nomination form to suggest a title. The committee looks for a book that is available in paperback, large print, audiobook, e-book, and e-audiobook. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 10, 2018

Arlington Reads Together is a joint project between the Library and Vision 2020’s Diversity Task Group. Addressing issues of 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.

The community read began in 2002 as a way of bringing the community together through literature.  Now entering its 17th year 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. In mid-September, committee members will select a short list from titles nominated by the public and committee members. Over the next few months, the committee will read the titles, and meet again in November to select Arlington’s Community Read for 2019.

Suggestions and questions can be directed to Anna Litten at alitten@minlib.net or 781-316-3202.

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