Ottawa Library is excited to invite your participation in “O-Town Reads”. This is a community read that brings together members of our city, both young and old, to read and discuss themes of a common book. As part of O-Town Reads, we have related events, programs, speakers, and discussions on the chosen book.
This will mark the fifth year for this highly successful event that highlights books with important societal and personal issues. Last year, our O-Town Reads book was Tough As They Come by Sargent Travis Mills. This story was about overcoming obstacles, we developed programs throughout the month of February about themes in the book. We had a speaker come and teach about how prosthetics help people gain independence, we did a program to help children understand that when soldiers retire from service they go on and have other careers. We coordinated a field trip to Kansas City, Mo to the WWI Memorial and Museum and even had a reception honoring local veterans. In 2018, The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore was a story that gave members of our city from all economic levels and age groups the opportunity to connect and talk about how our lives are shaped by our environment and decisions. In 2017, Girl in Reverse by Barbara Stuber opened discussions about prejudice and breaking through those prejudices. Our first community read book in 2016 was Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. All age groups of our community engaged in discussions on kindness and how to foster an understanding of the challenges disabled individuals face.
One criterion for our selection is that the story is suitable for readers ages 12 through adults. This enables an intergenerational reading and discussion which is so needed in our society today. In planning mode now, we are preparing for this program that takes place in January and February.
Please consider purchasing copies of the 2020 book so that we may distribute as many as possible throughout the community. Last year, we provided over 550 books that were passed on to friends, family, and coworkers. Several local book clubs also participated by reading the books. In order to help fund the programming that will allow us to dive into the subjects and themes of the selected book, we will need sponsors. If you would be willing to help with this fun and educational event, please print and fill out the written application or use our online form, coming soon.