North suburban libraries join together for community-wide read
Dec 4, 2017 10:14 AM -
Three north suburban libraries are teaming up to encourage their patrons to all read the same book and discuss it with their friends, neighbors and families. "One Book, One Community" partners Cook Memorial, Indian Trails, and Vernon Area public library districts have selected "Stolen Beauty" by Laurie Lico Albanese as their community-wide read this winter. Choosing the right book for more than 100,000 readers is no small task. A team of librarians and other staff from the three libraries debated the merits of more than 40 first draft picks. "Of course, we look for a good story," said event coordinator Roz Topolski of Vernon Area Public Library. "Something with broad appeal and enough substance to fuel book discussions. And its themes need to be something readers can explore further through related classes and performances." The team also considered each book's length, its rating on Goodreads, and other factors.