Reading Matters

2015 Community Reads launches Sept. 28

Pretend the city of Charlotte has suddenly migrated to the northwest.

A ferocious snow storm is barrelling in, wind assaulting our windows and doors. Lines are down. Leave the house? Impossible.

But, wait! Every household involved in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s 2015 Community Reads program has a special telephone to talk to other participants about the books we’re reading. When we’re talking books, we feel warm, we feel safe, we feel connected.

That’s my fantasy about the libraray’s annual Community Read program, which launches Sept. 28 and runs through Oct. 17.

The program is, in fact, designed to bring folks together to talk about a single book and to establish a community of readers and learners.

This year’s adult selection is “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry,” by Gabrielle Zevin. This book was chosen because of its themes of hope, redemption, love, loss and friendship. Even better, it’s a book about the love of books and how books can transform lives.

For younger readers: “The Book Thief,” by Markus Zusak (for teens) and “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library,” by Christ Grabenstein (for children) and “The Jacket,” by Kirsten Hall (a picture book for young readers.)

Hear the wind? Feel the words warming your mind? The power of reading and talking together?

For information about events and forums to discuss these books: