Weber Reads

An Introduction

Reads is modeled after the “One Book, One Community” concept, but with a twist, focusing entirely on literary classics and making them accessible to patrons.  As with all “One Book, One Community” programs, the goal of Weber Reads is “to provide opportunities for all people to read, reflect, and engage in meaningful dialogue, framed around a work of literature, which helps illuminate experiences and beliefs that transcend group values to unite us as human beings.”  (http://www.ala.org/programming/onebook)

Classic titles selected for Weber Reads are made available in multiple languages, scholarly and popular editions, graphic novels, retellings, and picture books, as well as in recorded and electronic formats.  This dedication to multiple editions and formats helps ensure there is a version available that will appeal to everyone in the community, regardless of age, language, or reading level.

The methodology for reaching out and involving diverse members in this community-wide literacy program has been acknowledged by the American Library Association, Library Administration and Management Association, PR Xchange Committee, which has three times chosen Weber Reads to receive its Community Reading Program “Best of Show Award.”  In addition, the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge selected the 2011-12 “Weber Reads: The Founders” to receive its prestigious George Washington Honor Medal.

In addition to working in conjunction with local schools to involve young readers, the Library also enjoys a strong Weber Reads partnership with Weber State University and the Standard-Examiner newspaper.  These partners provide public relations help and programming support for Weber Reads activities.

Current Selection

the Odyssey title

This year we will be reading The Odyssey, one of the first epic stories of the Western world.  Many beautiful and readable editions of the text, along with related works published in both English and Spanish and special recorded books and graphic novel editions on the Weber Reads theme, are being made available throughout the Weber County Library System. 

To help facilitate involvement of young people in our discussions, every school in the County will receive Weber Reads teaching materials, created by teacher consultants from the Wasatch Range Writing Project, the local site of the National Writing Project.  Copies of appropriate texts, purchased in part by Friends of the Weber County Library, are also being given to each school library along with an invitation to have master teacher, Margaret Rostkowski, visit classrooms to deliver a special presentation. 

The Library Board will sponsor those local book groups wishing to hold their discussions at a Weber County Library and invite the community to join their conversations.  If requested, the Library will provide refreshments and a discussion leader for these meetings.  You are also invited to attend special programs hosted at the Library, on the campus of Weber State University, and throughout the community.

CLICK HERE FOR PROGRAM INFORMATION

For Adults

For Children

For Young Adults