Here in Davidson, we love our Wildcats, the Soda Shop - and books.
Case in point: Our town so far has raised over half its goal of $175,000 for our library branch, and recruited enough volunteers to keep the branch open an extra day.
So it's no surprise that DavidsonReads - the annual program where the town comes together to read, discuss and celebrate a single book through extensive activities - is such a cherished autumn tradition.
Residents may notice a name departure from the previous DavidsonReads - turned out there was a program at the college with the same nomenclature - but they will recognize a familiar face.
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Christina Shaul, who launched the idea back in 2007, is back after a year hiatus to serve as the program's director.
"We moved to Davidson in 2005, and we just fell in love with the town.
"But I was surprised that such a culturally aware area didn't have a program based around a single book, as I'd seen in other places," said Shaul, 40, of North Thompson Street.
She took the idea to the town and library - "everyone thought it was a great idea," she said - and it became a joint venture between those groups and Main Street Books.
After two years in charge, Shaul and her family were transferred to Connecticut in 2009, but are back after a year, and thrilled to be here.
A passionate reader, Shaul feels that DavidsonReads is "A great way to bridge the gap between the different generations of the community."
This year's book, "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson, is a memoir about Bryson's time spent hiking the Appalachian Trail.
It was selected by town residents last spring from three options presented by the committee.
"We like to pick books on themes that are important to the community, and nature conservancy is a big issue for our town," Shaul said.
With a goal of "making the book come to life," Shaul and the committee created an agenda that would appeal to residents.
If you haven't read the book, copies are available at the library and Main Street Books.