Readers say thanks
The second annual “One Book, One Town, Everybody Reads” Carbondale reading project has ended. “Sight Hound” author Pam Houston came to the library and spoke about her newest book and the writing process. The standing-room-only audience found plenty to discuss in Ms. Houston’s book, and the lightning storm did not put a damper on the potluck.
More than 180 patrons checked out library copies of “Sight Hound,” and Wendy Anderson, Novel-Tea Bookstore owner, reports that 55 people purchased copies from her. I know that several local book clubs chose “Sight Hound” as their book selection this summer.
I would like thank everyone who read the book and found something in it to discuss with his or her neighbor. This was the true intent of the program. I think our small town really came together and maybe shared some new ideas, “getting to know our neighbors through a book” this summer.
The One Book, One Town committee deserves recognition for their time and energy. Thank you to Martha Rideout, Rosanne Evonitz, Marian Perregaux and Janet Mineo for all their hard work. Their efforts contributed to the process of presenting this program from selecting the book to moving the outdoor potluck in out of the rain. Thank you, Ed Perregaux, for helping set up tables and especially for putting them away in the pouring rain. Thank you, Bob Mineo, for lugging ice and soda around, and thank you, Russ Campbell at Main Street Spirits, for supplying us with ice and refrigeration. Margaret Mathers donated her time to design the poster and Judy Fox-Perry created the Pam Houston information packet. Special thanks to Janet Mineo for coming up with the discussion questions and setting up the potluck. I would also like to thank KDNK, KAJX, Channel 10, The Valley Journal and the Post Independent for helping promote One Book, One Town.
The Friends of the Library is able to sponsor this program thanks to its fund-raising events, including the biannual book sale and membership drives. The Friends would like to continue this program and invites everyone in the community to join the Friends of the Gordon Cooper Library. By joining the Friends, you support library programming and contribute to keeping our small-town library collection current. Joining the Friends makes you eligible to serve on next year’s One Book, One Town committee and to participate in its book selection process. Call the library at 963-2889 for more information.
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