Chisago Lakes Community Read Begins

Thursday, March 10th, 2011 at 8:11 am

Chisago Lakes Area Library is hosting a community wide read!  The goal of the community wide reading program is to bring the community together through a shared reading experience, promote literacy and build relationships with the people in the community.  We hope to reach this goal by encouraging residents in the area to read the same book at the same time.  The book chosen for the program is Sweet Land by Will Weaver.  Sweet Land is a collection of twelve stories by Will Weaver “portraying the yearnings of the human spirit and the continuing, sometimes wrenching transformation of America’s Midwest”.
A companion title has also been chosen for young adults.  The book, Memory Boy, by Will Weaver is about a “post-apocalyptic future in which two years prior, Mount Rainier explodes and causes global warming and the ongoing spread of volcanic ash”. The book follows one Minnesota family’s journey through this experience.
Community members and students are encouraged to checkout Sweet Land and Memory Boy from the Chisago Lakes Area Library.   Read the novels and then join us for several events planned during the months of March and April.
Photograph Doug Ohman will be coming to the Chisago Lakes Area Library on Tuesday, March 15th at 7:00pm. Mr. Ohman will be talking about his book entitled Barns of Minnesota which includes a story written by Will Weaver.
On Wednesday, March 30th at 1:00pm a brown bag lunch discussion will be held at the library entitled “German Immigration issues following the War”. Bring your lunch and join us for a short video produced for the National History Day about what it is like to be a newcomer to America and not be welcome. A discussion will follow focusing on challenges faced by German immigrants. This program is also presented by the Chisago County Historical Society.
On Saturday, April 9th at 1:30pm there will be a discussion of natural burials – yesterday and today presented by the Chisago County Historical Society at the Chisago Lakes Area Library. The discussion is titled “Burial grounds and natural burials – in the early days of Chisago County. A look at a couple of sites in Chisago County where the trees and corn grow greener”.
The movie, Sweet Land, will be shown at the Chisago Lakes Area Library on Thursday, April 14th at 7:00pm. 
The public is invited to attend book discussions on both books.  The Memory Boy book discussion will be held on Wednesday, April 13th at 4:00pm and the Sweet Land discussion will be held on Thursday, April 21st at 6:30 pm.  Both discussions will be held at the Chisago Lakes Are Library.  If you can’t attend one of the discussions, start your own at work or in your neighborhood.
The culminating event of the reading program will be an appearance by Will Weaver, author of Sweet Land and Memory Boy.  He will discuss his book Sweet Land and the making of the movie, at the Chisago Lakes Area Library on Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00pm. Mr. Weaver will be visiting Chisago Lakes Middle School for a presentation and Q&A earlier that day as well.
The Community Wide Reading program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library, Friends of the Chisago Lakes Library, Chisago Lakes Area Schools and the Chisago County Historical Society.  It is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.
All events are free and open to the public.  For more information about the program, events, the books, and the author, please contact Chisago Lakes Area Library.

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