Last year around this time I blogged about how CPL usually has a few events a year when we can all read the same book at the same time, but that I couldn’t remember a time when we’d ever had two right in a row before. Well, guess what – it’s happening again! We’re featuring back-to-back read-together activities: Together We Read runs from Oct. 17-30, and then Big Library Read runs from Nov. 2–16. Both reading events provide unlimited digital copies through CPL’s Overdrive collection or the Libby app. Here are this year’s titles:
On October 17, Together We Read kicks off with Still Hopeful: Lessons From a Lifetime of Activism, by activist and conservationist Maude Barlow: “The author offers lessons of hope she has discovered from her lifetime of activism. She draws these lessons from her participation in three movements: second-wave feminism, the battle against free trade and globalization, and the global fight for water justice, making clear that effective activism is not really the objective. It is about forming a movement and finding like-minded people to carry the load with you”.
On November 2, Big Library Read follows up with A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger. This award-winning title draws on traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure to weave an unforgettable tale of monsters, magic and family. Awards include Newbery Award Honor, American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor and National Book Award Longlist: “Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She’s always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories. Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he’s been cast from home. He’s found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake. Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists. But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli’s best friend, will drive their worlds together in ways they haven’t been in centuries. And there are some who will kill to keep them apart. A Snake Falls to Earth is a breathtaking work of Indigenous futurism. Darcie Little Badger draws on traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure to weave another unforgettable tale of monsters, magic, and family. It is not to be missed”.