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Charly Haley , Published September 30 2012

F-M area libraries sponsor metrowide book reading

FARGO – One book will unite many community members this October in a joint project of all three metro area library systems.

The first One Book, One Community project is sponsored by the Fargo Public Library, the Lake Agassiz Regional Library in Moorhead and the West Fargo Public Library. The project encourages community members to read the book selection and participate in discussions and other related events, like movie showings.

“It’s kind of exciting, the thought of everyone in the community reading the same book,” said Diane Fink, program coordinator for the West Fargo Public Library.

It’s the first time all three area libraries have partnered on a project, she said. The project will be announced in a news conference today.

This year’s book selection is “The Giver,” a dystopian children’s novel by Lois Lowry.

“We wanted one that was a general appeal book,” Fink said, “and this particular book is not very long.”

Copies of the book are free at the libraries for project participants while supplies last.

Fink said different age groups will be able to focus on different aspects of the book, so it’s good for someone at any age.

“This particular book brings forth a lot of discussion,” she said.

Those discussions can be shared at the One Book, One Community events happening throughout the month of October. These events range from group book discussions to movie showings, lectures and craft projects with similar themes to “The Giver.”

Two of the movies scheduled to be shown are “The Hunger Games” and “Pleasantville.” One of the lectures is about understanding memory loss.

Fink said the West Fargo library has already partnered with schools and other book clubs on the project.

The idea is not new to the area. Many other cities have held community-wide book-readings. According to the Library of Congress, nearly 20 cities in Minnesota have had One Book programs. In North Dakota, it’s been tried in Rolette and Velva as well as in Wahpeton, in conjunction with Breckenridge, Minn.

Although this is the first One Book, One Community project in Fargo-Moorhead, if it goes well, the organizers hope to do it again with a different book.

“We’re hoping people take advantage of this opportunity to share an interesting book with many people,” Fink said. “I can’t hardly wait to get started and see if what we hope happens, happens.”