Since 2003 the annual Arlington Reads Together program has inspired the community to come together to talk about great books and inspiring ideas.
The Arlington Reads Together (ART) selection 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via the 2021 ART Title Nomination by July 17.
If you are interested in serving on the ART selection committee, please contact Anna Litten at email@example.com. Selection committee members review nominations over the summer and select a title in the fall. Meetings are held on Zoom. New members who bring a diversity of experiences and ages urged to consider joining this committee. We hope to raise the voice of the underrepresented through the ART selection.
Arlington Reads Together is a joint project of the Robbins Library Library and Envision Arlington’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. This year, as Arlington and the nation face discussions of systemic racism and understanding racial equity, we hope to see nominations for books that will help the community come together to discuss race and inequity in our lives.
The community read program began in 2002 as a way of bringing the town together through literature. Now entering its 18th 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.
Suggestions and questions can be directed to Anna Litten at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-316-3202.