About Timberland Reads Together
Message from the Director
We invite you to take part in the third Timberland Reads Together program, a celebration of reading and community. The book chosen for the 2007 program is My Ántonia, by Willa Cather.
This year we are participating in a national program, The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.
Timberland Reads Together programs have really resonated in our communities. Talking about good books with friends and neighbors and enjoying all the presentations brings communities together and adds richness and depth to the experience of reading.
By promoting this book and program we enable community members to come together, and talk about their thoughts on the book and the issues it raises. This "Community Reads" program series exemplifies the Library’s mission to provide information, resources, services and places where all people are free to read, learn, connect and grow.
How to get involved:
Read the book. Editions are available in regular print, large print, audio CD and in Spanish.
Pick up an illustrated reader’s guide to My Ántonia in early March at your Timberland library.
Attend "My Ántonia events" at your Timberland library and other local venues. See the online calendar and descriptions of events or pick up a copy in your library in April.
Share your own or your ancestors’ stories of migration. People will be encouraged to share their family histories of migration. Many libraries are mounting historical displays of items that families brought when they came to Washington. Others are hanging maps where people can place pins to show the countries of their ancestors’ origin.
One-book programs, which have been extremely popular throughout the U.S., were originated at the Seattle Public Library by Nancy Pearl, the retired director of the Washington Center for the Book.