Leslie DeLooze, reference and community services librarian at Richmond Library, writes a monthly column for The Daily News. It appears the first Saturday of each month.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
By Leslie DeLooze, Special to The Daily News The Daily News Online
BATAVIA — The wait for the next “A Tale for Three Counties” title is almost over.
Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., is one of four area libraries celebrating the 2012 Tale for Three Counties book at a Tale Announcement Party, scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 14. The next book for the community reading project will be revealed simultaneously during events at Richmond, Genesee Community College’s Roz Steiner Art Gallery, 1 College Rd., Batavia; Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, 620 West Ave., Medina; and Perry Public Library, 70 North Main St., Perry.
This will be the 10th year for “A Tale for Three Counties,” the community-reads program for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. Each year, one book is selected according to very specific criteria, and people are encouraged to read that book and join in book discussions and other related programs held around the three-county area. It is a great chance to read a good book during the long winter months and then to meet with others to talk about that experience.
The program culminates with the author visiting the area during a three-day period to discuss the book, answer readers’ questions, and sign copies of the book. The author also meets with winners of two review contests at a pair of luncheon events.
The chosen book for “A Tale for Three Counties” is always a work of fiction that depicts rural or small town family life or New York State history. It must be critically acclaimed through outstanding professional reviews and/or literary awards, and it must be of interest to a range of readers.
It is amazing to consider the long list of books that have been chosen for this program and to see the variety of themes, issues and styles that all revolve around this narrow topic of small town living. This year’s selection will be no exception as it presents rural family life in a unique way.
Ten years is a long time for the Tale for Three Counties committee, and we have gained much experience. At the beginning we were certain that it would be much easier to choose our book and to set up related discussions and events after the third or fourth year. Only half of that equation is true.
Most years, it is still really difficult to select a book, even though we are constantly reading possible titles and discussing them at monthly meetings. Now that we are established, we even hear from literary agents who suggest their authors.
Book choices are discarded for a variety of reasons, including being too close in theme or style to previous picks, books having too few topics to discuss or appealing to only a narrow audience within the community, and authors not available to visit. We have read many fine books and after considering about 22 titles, we are ready to announce the 2012 selection
The library will be closed Nov. 11 and 24, and will close early Nov. 23.
Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corporation