Posted: Saturday, January 8, 2011 1:00 am
By Ben Beagle, email@example.com |
The next “A Tale for Three Counties” kicks off today with the first 12 pages of Hillary Jordan’s “Mudbound” appearing as a special section in The Daily News.
Readers have already taken up the book, announced in October, with copies available for purchase or loan at area libraries and bookstores.
“A Tale for Three Counties,” which is in its ninth year, is a community reading project that encourages readers to pick up the same book, read and discuss it, and perhaps participate in special events before the author’s scheduled visits in March.
The first book discussions are Feb. 7 at Haxton Memorial Library, Oakfield, and Yates Community Library, Lyndonville. At least 18 discussions are scheduled through March 9 at various locations in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
Readers may also discuss the book through Tale’s Facebook page and the “Tale for Three Counties” blog at thedailynewsonline.com.
The online presence is new this year.
” ‘A Tale for Three Counties’ is unique in that it provides a ‘one book’ reading experience for people across a three-county area who are not linked through a common library system. A Facebook page is one way that readers from the northern end of Orleans County down through Genesee County to the southern edge of Wyoming county can stay connected,” said Leslie DeLooze, community services librarian at Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, and the librarian who has spearheaded the Tale program.
The page, created by Angel Wright-Sackett, director of the Gainesville Public Library, Silver Springs, allows readers to make comments, watch for information on upcoming events and eventually participate in some new initiatives for Tale 2011.
Talks and book signings with Jordan are scheduled March 10 at Genesee Community College and Richmond Memorial Library, both in Batavia, March 11 at Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, Medina, and March 12 at Perry Elementary Middle School, a program presented by the Perry Public Library.
A book review contest, which has a lunch with the author as its prize, will return. Readers are asked to write responses to one of two questions: “How did it make you feel to have six differnet narrators tell the story?” or “Which character did you find most likeable and why?”
New this year, is a display contest at participating libraries. Each week libraries are presenting a selection of books that are all related in some way. Patrons are asked to submit guesses for the theme to win prizes.
At Richmond Memorial Library, the display contest is running for the next three weeks with one winner of a $10 certificate to Present Tense in Batavia chosen per week. The prizes are determined by each participating library.
Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corporation