Bemis Library unites community through reading

One Book One Littleton is a community-wide reading event

Shanna Maxcy
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 9/3/21

Bemis Public Library's first community-wide reading event, One Book One Littleton, aims to bring the community together through reading. “After coming out of lockdown and quarantine and the library …

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Bemis Library unites community through reading

One Book One Littleton is a community-wide reading event

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Bemis Public Library's first community-wide reading event, One Book One Littleton, aims to bring the community together through reading.

“After coming out of lockdown and quarantine and the library being closed, we really wanted to do an event that would help unite the community,” said Nancy Trimm, director of Bemis Library. “What we heard from a lot of people was that they felt a great deal of isolation and a lack of connection after so many months of being quarantine.”

Trimm said the library staff had been contemplating doing a community-wide reading event prior to the pandemic, and now seemed like a good time to do it.

The book chosen is “The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging” by Charles Vogl. In the book, Vogl lays out seven time-tested principles for growing enduring, effective and connected communities. He provides hands-on tools for creatively adapting these principles to any group — formal or informal, mission-driven or social, physical or virtual.

Trimm said the book's focus on fostering a sense of community relates to the moment.

To round out the event, Vogl will present an interactive keynote program on his book on Sept. 16. Attendees will be encouraged to engage directly with the challenges that Littleton faces, and the opportunities for strengthening the connections we have with each other. Tickets are $15 for the author keynote, and $25 for the author keynote and a reception that includes an opportunity to meet the author and enjoy appetizers from GraceFull Cafe. The event is in partnership with the Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum.

“We just want people to read at the same book, engage and connect,” Trimm said.

“The Art of Community” is available to check out at the library in print or as an ebook or e-audio book.

Tickets for the keynote and author reception are available on eventbrite.com.

Also at the library: September also marks the launch of Bemis Public Library's participation in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program for children ages birth through beginning kindergarten. The national program encourages children and their parents to read 1,000 books before the child starts kindergarten.

Participants will receive a book check-off log and a series of prizes as they progress through their 1,000-book goal. To participate, stop by the children's desk to pick up a log and begin the challenge.

September is also National Library Card Signup Month. Stop by the reference desk or register online to enter a prize drawing.

Bemis Library is located at 6014 S. Datura St. in Littleton.

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