Two towns, one good read

Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library to reveal contending titles

Last year’s Two Towns – One Book winner, “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak, was a hit. Submitted photo.

Last year’s Two Towns – One Book winner, “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak, was a hit. Submitted photo.

— “It was a topic that everyone could relate to, the Holocaust. And one thing we want is to use the (event) for educational programs,” said Carrier.

The book chosen for the read should appeal to everyone from teens to seniors, but to include young readers there are companion book titles suggested. A School Connection Committee made up of 20 volunteers spearheads the effort and connects with area schools and young readers at the library. In addition, events to tie in the concept of the companion books are brought to the table.

Last year, kids read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, a companion book to “The Book Thief.” The kids also participated in a Butterfly Project in which they colored paper butterflies that were then sent to the Holocaust Museum in Houston, Texas and put on display there.

“It’s about awareness. People hear about the Holocaust but this gives a better understanding of it,” said Carrier.

Without many clues, Conklin said that this year’s contenders for the read include three works of fiction and two of nonfiction books.

“They’re not bestsellers, but each has a poignant story to tell,” said Carrier. “They’re all a little different.”

During the read, the library integrates discussions along the way. In the past, authors have been invited to speak at the library and have even been piped in via Skype to take part. Not So Common Players were also brought in to put on short performances that related to the books. More of the same is expected for this year’s read.

For updates on the kickoff event and the read, log on to twotownsonebook.org.

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