4-county ‘Community read’ ongoing at Cabarrus libraries
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

4-county ‘Community read’ ongoing at Cabarrus libraries

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    The 411 Community Read in fall 2012 featured “The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins, and attracted several thousand participants for 50 events and five contests. Here, at a theme event, bibliophiles make the story real by learning to make a fire at the “Survival Training Day” at Dan Nicholas Park in Rowan County. Participants also tried their hands at archery.
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    A participant in the first four-county 411 Community Read in fall 2012 learns to make bread. Several thousand avid readers collectively read and discussed a single novel, “The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins, a story of competition and survival, and participated in more than 50 activities surrounding the theme.

There’s something strange going on at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, and new employee Clay Jannon sets out to discover the secrets hiding in its dark corners.

You can discover for yourself by signing on for this year’s 411 Community Read event at a four-county reading event sponsored by Cabarrus, Davidson, Rowan and Stanly counties’ public library systems, along with community partners.

In fall 2012, “The Hunger Games” drew several thousand participants to the first four-county 411 Community Read.

The planning committee has selected the award-winning “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” by Robin Sloan, a book with both adult and teen appeal. It’s a tale of books, technology, cryptography and conspiracy in a San Francisco bookstore.

According to Dana Eure, director of the Cabarrus County Public Library, this spring’s read will include 60 events, including book discussions, a program for making art out of old books, a project for people interested on working together on a local history project, contests, geocaching, scavenger hunts and a “Quest for the Code” glow-in-the-dark obstacle course.

Sloan will come to the Carolinas for four presentations and to sign autographs.

“We are especially excited this time to have the author with us,” said Eure.

Other books by Sloan include “Ajax Penumbra 1969” and “Annabel Scheme.”

Most of the events happen in March and early April, but “Quest for the Golden Shoes” at Dan Nicholas Park in Salisbury has already started. Clues posted on the park’s website each Saturday morning lead seekers to the golden shoe hidden somewhere within the park. Details and weekly clues are at www.DanNicholas.net.

Eure said the participating libraries have ample copies of the book in hardback, paperback, downloadable audio and books, CD and large print.

“Check one out and get reading,” said Eure.

A list of events is posted at the 411 Community Read’s blog, www.411communityread.wordpress.com, or pick up a detailed brochure at participating county libraries. Unless noted, all of the events are free.

Carole Howell is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Carole? Email her at carole421@gmail.com.

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