ONE BOOK ONE BURLING­TON

CEL­E­BRATES THEIR 10TH AN­NIVER­SARY

The Hamilton Spectator - - YOUNG AT HEART -

In the spirit of cre­at­ing a sense of com­mu­nity, Burling­ton Pub­lic Li­brary is cel­e­brat­ing the 10-year-an­niver­sary of One Book One Burling­ton.

This year’s se­lec­tion, “The Day the Falls Stood Still” by New York Times best sell­ing au­thor Cathy Marie Buchanan was re­vealed on June 22 at Burling­ton’s Con­cert in the Park event.

The One Book One Burling­ton ini­tia­tive de­buted in 2007 and since its cre­ation, dur­ing the One Book sea­son (from July to De­cem­ber), more than 8,500 peo­ple have bor­rowed the books from the li­brary, with ap­prox­i­mately 5,100 adults at­tend­ing re­lated pro­grams. It pro­motes read­ing and in­ter­gen­er­a­tional book-cen­tered dis­cus­sion and fos­ters a sense of com­mu­nity by bring­ing peo­ple to­gether through lit­er­a­ture.

Set in Ni­a­gara Falls around the time of the First World War, the 2016 se­lec­tion is a story about love and en­durance, a trib­ute to the river, and a recog­ni­tion that no choice is ever made with­out con­se­quences

In 2010, Cana­di­ans around the world chose Buchanan’s 2009 break­out novel, The Day the Falls Stood Still as one of CBC Books’ Top 40 Es­sen­tial Cana­dian Nov­els of the Decade.

“I am pleased and ex­cited that Burling­ton Pub­lic Li­brary has cho­sen to cel­e­brate my first novel, The Day the Falls Stood Still, for their com­mu­nity read this year,” said Buchanan. “I very much look for­ward to meet­ing Burling­ton’s read­ers when I visit in Oc­to­ber.”

The One Book sea­son kicks off with a meet the au­thor event at the Burling­ton Golf & Coun­try Club on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 4 with a li­censed re­cep­tion and book sign­ing fol­low­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion by the au­thor.

“Our 10th edition of One Book One Burling­ton prom­ises to cap­ti­vate lo­cal read­ers,” says Mau­reen Barry, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Burling­ton Pub­lic Li­brary. “We ex­pect this novel will in­spire many res­i­dents to visit the falls and re­dis­cover the awe­some nat­u­ral won­der that is prac­ti­cally in our back­yard.”

The Day the Falls Stood Still is avail­able to bor­row from Burling­ton Pub­lic Li­brary in many for­mats in­clud­ing pa­per­back, down­load­able eBook and au­dio­book, as well as mul­ti­ple dig­i­tal re­sources and is even of­fered in a book club kit com­plete with 15 books for group read­ing. In July and Au­gust, the book will also be avail­able on se­lected Burling­ton Tran­sit buses through­out the city. Rid­ers will have an op­por­tu­nity to pick up a copy of the novel, read it, and then re­turn it to the ‘One Book’ holder on any Burling­ton Tran­sit bus they ride.

Ev­ery win­ter, an en­thu­si­as­tic group of vol­un­teers from the com­mu­nity read four to five Cana­dian nov­els short­listed by a li­brary staff team, and then se­lects one book as Burling­ton’s “best read” for the year. Mem­ber­ship on the com­mu­nity se­lec­tion team is open to any­one who lives in Burling­ton and loves to read. In­ter­ested com­mu­nity mem­bers are en­cour­aged to ap­ply on­line to par­tic­i­pate in the se­lec­tion of One Book One Burling­ton 2017.

Pick up the One Book One Burling­ton Events and Dis­cus­sion Guide in early Au­gust. Visit www.bpl.on.ca/one-book for more in­for­ma­tion.

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