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Greene County Reads… together

Posted February 13, 2013 in Community Featured, Greene County

Greene County Reads is a county-wide book discussion coordinated by the six public libraries in Greene County.

Now in its seventh year, the annual tradition continues with “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom on Thursday, March 21.  The story takes place on a Virginia plantation where Lavinia, a young Irish immigrant, lives and works amongst the slaves. When she falls in love with the master’s son, she is forced to choose between the two worlds. “The Kitchen House” is a story of page-turning suspense that explores the meaning of family and where love and loyalty prevails.

The discussions will be led by Jan Scharingson, retired East Greene English teacher. The Churdan Public Library will host the discussion at 9 a.m., followed by Rippey Public Library at 2 p.m. and Scranton Public Library at 7 p.m. Participants may attend whichever time and location they would like. Copies of the book are available at all the libraries. The librarians encourage you to stop by your local library and get a copy of the book soon, so you’ll have time to read it before March 21.

The book discussions are free and open to anyone who would like to participate. County-wide library programs such as Greene County Reads are made possible by the ongoing funding support of the Greene County Board of Supervisors.

Greene County Reads was patterned after “All Iowa Reads,” a program that encourages all Iowans to read and discuss the same book. A different book is chosen each year by a committee. This year’s selection is “The Year We Left Home” by Jean Thompson. You can learn more about All Iowa Reads by visiting the Iowa Center for the Book website. There you will find a schedule of literary events across Iowa such as book discussions and author visits, locations of book stores and writer’s groups and a list of Iowa authors.

Mary Weaver of Rippey organized the first Greene County Reads in 2007. She has written grants and been successful in working with publishers to have some of the books read on the local radio station. Scharingson and the county librarians choose the book to be read each year.

“The discussions are always lively because each reader finds the same book interesting in different ways,” says Scharingson.

Jefferson Public Library
200 West Lincoln Way
386-2835  Adult Dept
386-4415  Children’s Dept
Mon. and Wed.: 1 – 8 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs.:
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 1 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

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