Mansfield Reads!


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Before We Were Yours Book Cover and AuthorBefore We Were Yours by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Wingate is the 2019 Mansfield Reads! Selection. Kickoff the 16th annual Mansfield Reads! with us at Taphouse 16 at Market Street on March 14th. Then start reading! Pick up your copy at the library, talk about it with your book club and check out our Face Book page group. Click the calendar link for info on the many programs that will be offered during the month, then come meet Ms. Wingate at the Evening with the Author Event on April 26th.

This book has spent 52 weeks on the bestseller list, has been optioned for a movie, and has touched everyone who has read it. Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate's riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

Mansfield Reads! One City One Book

Mansfield Reads! One City, One Book is a community wide reading event that encourages all the citizens of Mansfield to read the same book at the same time. The goals of the program are to promote awareness of the library and foster a sense of community through reading. It is based on a program started in Seattle in 1998 which has spread across the country into many communities large and small. In 2003, with a lot of help from Nancy Pearl at the Seattle library and very little idea of how much work it would actually take, the Friends of the Mansfield Public Library and the library staff decided that Mansfield was the perfect size to launch this type of program. So with the idea of using the inaugural program to celebrate the library's 75th year of service, Mansfield Reads! was introduced to the community in April 2004 and it has been a resounding success every year since.

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How does Mansfield Reads! work?

In the month of April everyone in the community is encouraged to read the same book at the same time. The Friends and the Library sponsor many events, programs and activities in conjunction with reading the book. Public dialogue and discussion of the book is encouraged as a way to open conversation between all members of the community. Everyone gets to share a good book!

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