It’s ‘Tale’ time again

By Leslie DeLooze | Posted: Saturday, February 7, 2015 

The season for “A Tale for Three Counties” has officially started, and Richmond Memorial Library has books and “Tale” information for you.

This annual one-book project for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties has promoted great reads over the past 12 years, and for its 13th year features the book “We Are Called to Rise” by Laura McBride.

In 2003, with the first book, the “Tale for Three Counties” council gave me a necklace and charm to commemorate the book and the project. That first charm, a running horse, worked both to represent the “Tale” logo and the theme of Leif Enger’s book, “Peace Like a River,” in which a young man goes on a quest riding a horse.

Over the years, as charms were added, the necklace became a bracelet, but the various charms continue to remind me of the books we all enjoyed as a community. A maple leaf brings to mind Howard Frank Mosher’s story set in Vermont, “Northern Borders”; a dog recalls the incredible narrator Enzo in Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain”; and a cowboy boot makes me reminisce about the truest of old friends in Mark Spragg’s “An Unfinished Life.”

This year, an American flag will represent “We Are Called to Rise.” Although set in Las Vegas, a place unlike any other and certainly the polar opposite of our own three counties, Laura McBride’s novel is about our country now, with themes that are known to all of us and experienced by many.

While novels set in rural areas or in small towns have been the choice over the years, the “Tale” committee felt that the strong sense of community in “We Are Called to Rise” made it an effective book for our reading project. In addition, we admired it for its particular themes, its positive professional reviews, and broad appeal for our readers.

Book discussions in our libraries have started, and two upcoming special programs present the topics of returning veterans and court appointed special advocates. The review contest offers readers a chance to win lunch with the author during her upcoming visit. All readers are invited to meet author Laura McBride during her visit March 26-28.

Check out the new “Tale for Three Counties” website, which gives information on all the upcoming events: www.taleforthreecounties.org. “Like” the “Tale” Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ATaleforThreeCounties. Stop in your local public library or at Genesee Community College for an informational brochure, and most of all, pick up a book to read for this year’s “Tale.”

A reminder about inclement weather and the library: the library remains open in bad weather even when the schools are closed. If you can’t make it out of the house, please call the library to renew your books and materials or to ask questions.

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Leslie DeLooze is the community and adult services librarian at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia, and co-convenor of the “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project.

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