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 2018 Mansfield Reads! Selection. Stay tuned for more information about the many programs and events that will take place in the month of April. Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Evening with the Author. Pick up your copy of the book at the library today and start your journey on Texas Backroads.
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!