Save the Date! Mansfield Reads! 2018 Evening with the Author is Friday, April 27th.
On Texas Backroads, Stories Found Along the Way by Carlton Stowers is the 15th annual Mansfield Reads! Selection. Mansfield is visiting all around Texas with this year's Mansfield Reads! Book, Texas Backroads, Stories Found Along the Way. Carlton Stowers, renowned sports journalist, true crime writer, and essayist will visit Mansfield on April 26 and 27. Two months of Texas related programs and events lead up to the culmination of Mansfield Reads! month. Check out the Programs link for more information. Get your book at the library, go to mansfieldlibraryfriends.org to register and RSVP, then join us for the exciting Evening with the Author on Friday April 27 at 7:00 pm.
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.
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!