RICHMOND REPORT: Community project a ‘Tale’ for all

Saturday, March 6, 2010
By Leslie DeLooze, Richmond Memorial Library

BATAVIA — Anticipation is building at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., and at the other libraries in the three-county area.

The eighth-annual “A Tale for Three Counties” community-reads project is in progress and author Garth Stein will visit the area Thursday through next Saturday

Stein’s novel, “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” is the selected title for 2010. Readers are expressing enthusiasm for main character, Enzo, a wise dog of unknown pedigree, although many readers had to overcome their initial skepticism of a thinking dog as a narrator.

Enzo’s favorite saying, “Your car goes where your eyes go,” is a major theme of the story and emphasizes the need to stay focused on a goal despite life’s distractions. This could also be the theme of the Tale for Three Counties Council, a group of public librarians from Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties and representatives from The Daily News, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (BOCES) School Library System and Genesee Community College.
Members of the Tale Council come from various organizations that serve different purposes but who are united on a goal to choose an outstanding work of fiction and encourage the community to read it, discuss it and meet the author.

Despite the many demands on our time, we work together each year to select the book, and then line up the author, the publicity, the programs, and all the other details that make the project work.

When we started the Tale for Three Counties project eight years ago, funding seemed an almost insurmountable goal. The project is completely funded through grants, donations and proceeds from the sale of books. Thanks to the support of our sponsors, we have been able to choose books of consistently high quality and to bring the authors to our area.

For that reason, the Tale Council would like to recognize the organizations, businesses, and individuals who help us achieve this goal. They are: The Bank of Castile/Tompkins Insurance Agencies Inc.; The Daily News; Genesee Community College, Wal-Mart; Genesee Valley Educational Partnership School Library System; Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council; Arts Council for Wyoming County; and Friends of Richmond Memorial Library.

Also, Friends of Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, Medina; Friends of Swan Library, Albion; Burlingham Books, Perry; Friends of Perry Public Library; Eagle Free Library; Friends of Arcade Free Library; Friends of Byron-Bergen Public Library; Friends of Corfu Free Library; Friends of Stevens Memorial Community Library, Attica; Present Tense Books, Batavia; Shirt Factory Caf, Medina; and The Book Shoppe, Medina.

In addition, the following individuals have contributed to the project: Alice Becker, Bonnie Bowman, Susan Chiddy, Albert Collier, Cynthia Kiebala, Sandra Kushner, Esther Marone, Rose Marie Moranz, Tom and Bev Pedlow, Sue and Roland Phillips, and Betty Rice (in memory of Abbe).

This truly is a community project and a Tale for all. Book discussions continue through March 10. There’s still time to join in.

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Library hours are 9 a.m to 9 pm Mondays to Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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Leslie DeLooze, reference and community services librarian at Richmond, writes a monthly column for The Daily News.

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