Library hosting Community Read program

Branches will give away free books

Posted 3/16/22

Scenic Regional Library is partnering with Washington Public Library, East Central College, and Neighborhood Reads to launch an annual Community Read event. The goal of the Community Read is to build …

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Library hosting Community Read program

Branches will give away free books

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Scenic Regional Library is partnering with Washington Public Library, East Central College, and Neighborhood Reads to launch an annual Community Read event. The goal of the Community Read is to build a bond within communities and encourage discussion by having as many people as possible read the same book at the same time. The book chosen to kick off the first annual Community Read is “Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley.

Beginning March 12, patrons can walk into any Scenic Regional Library branch or the Washington Public library and pick up a free paperback copy of Frankenstein to keep. The books will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. E-book and e-audiobook copies will also be available for check-out through the library’s digital services.

To involve all ages in the Community Read, two additional books have been chosen to allow children and teens to partake in the festivities. Fifteen copies of “Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein,” by Linda Bailey, and 18 copies of “Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein,” a graphic novel, will be added to the library’s collection available for check-out.

Beginning Saturday, March 21, and continuing through the following six weeks, the library and its partners will present 104 free programs and book discussions throughout the three-county area (Gasconade, Franklin, and Warren). The programming will culminate with “Meet Mary Shelley”, a performance by living history storyteller, Susan Marie Frontczak, at the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center at East Central College on Saturday, April 30.

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