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Linn Area Reads Selects Jennifer Wilson’s Running Away to Home for 2014

Running Away to Home by Jennifer WilsonThe planning committee for the annual community reading program known as Linn Area Reads has selected Running Away to Home: Our Family’s Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From, and What Really Matters by author Jennifer Wilson for the 2014 edition of the program.

Linn Area Reads is a program of the Metro Library Network, which is made up of the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha Public Libraries. All Linn Area Reads events are free and open to the public.

Running Away to Home tells the story of the author’s trek to the land of her ancestors. For more information on the author or the book, visit www.jennifer-wilson.com.

“This is a story we thought would appeal to a broad swath of our community and encourage discussions about where we all come from and what matters to us,” said Amber Mussman, Community Relations Manager with the Cedar Rapids Public Library and member of the selection committee.

Linn Area Reads 2014 programs include:

  • Weekly Book Discussions: 6:30 pm,  March 6, 13, and 20 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 333 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids.
  • Family Legacy—Find Meaning in Your Family’s Story, presented by Linda Schmidt: 2:00 pm on March 8 at the Hiawatha Public Library, 150 West Willman Street, Hiawatha.
  • Heirloom Recipe Swap: 2:00 pm on March 15 at the Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Avenue, Marion.  Share your family favorites with new generations. Registration is requested for this free event. Register online or contact a metro library.
  • Author Visit: Jennifer Wilson: 3:00 pm, March 29, at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids. Registration is requested for this free event. Register online or contact a metro library.

For more information on Linn Area Reads, visit www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/linnareareads.

Linn Area Reads is supported by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library, Friends of the Marion Public Library, and the Metro Library Network.

Pride and Prejudice is the Linn Area Reads Selection for 2013

book+for+displayThe planning committee for the annual community reading program known as Linn Area Reads has selected Pride and Prejudice by author Jane Austen for the 2013 edition of the program.

Linn Area Reads is a program of the Metro Library Network, which is made up of the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha Public Libraries. All Linn Area Reads events are free and open to the public.

Pride and Prejudice celebrates the 200th anniversary of its publication on January 27, 2013. The story is set in the turn of the 19th century and deals with issues of morality, education, marriage and class.

“The themes in this book still persist in our society,” said Amber Mussman, Public Information Officer with the Cedar Rapids Public Library and member of the selection committee. “Despite the fact that 200 years have passed since the book was published, we can relate to the characters in many ways.”

Linn Area Reads programs include:

  • Weekly Book Discussions: 6:30 pm,  March 7, 14, and 21 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 333 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids
  • Pride and Prejudice on the Big Screen: 7:30 pm on March 28 at Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids
  • Afternoon Tea and Scones with Jane—A Portrait of Jane Austen by Melissa Sodeman: 2:00 pm on March 9 at the Granger House, 970 10th Street, Marion.  Registration is required for this event. Visit http://bit.ly/linnareareads to register or contact a metro library.

Linn Area Reads is supported by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library, Friends of the Marion Public Library, the Granger House Museum, the Metro Library Network, and Theatre Cedar Rapids.

‘Righteous Porkchop’ is 2012 Selection for Linn Area Reads

An acclaimed investigation into the conditions and effects of factory farms has been selected as the 2012 title for the community reading program known as Linn Area Reads. Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms by Nicolette Hahn Niman will be the centerpiece of this year’s programming. Linn Area Reads is a program of the Metro Library Network, which is made up of the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha Public Libraries.

Serving as the senior attorney for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s environmental group Waterkeeper, Hahn Niman was quickly immersed in the world of factory farms. Horrified by what she found, she began a passionate fight to reform the industry.  Righteous Porkchop is an account of the troubling practices of industrial animal operations. Hahn Niman also offers alternatives for more sustainable livestock farming and recounts her personal love story along the way.

Hahn Niman will give a presentation on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood as the finale of the Linn Area Reads program. The presentation will also be part of the 2012 edition of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series. Prior to her visit, a series of events will be held to encourage community participation.

On Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m., each library in the Metro Library Network will host a collaborative book discussion kick-off party. A limited number of free copies of Righteous Porkchop will be available at each site. Book discussions will follow on each of the next four Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Barnes & Noble.

On Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Marion Public Library, The Gazette will host a panel discussion entitled “Beyond Factory Farms.” On Sunday, April 22 from 1 to 5 p.m., a “Farm to Market” vendor fair will be held at Westdale Mall, offering attendees the opportunity to learn more about local food production.

Seven of the Linn Area Reads organizers will be participating in an ongoing blog conversation about the book and the issues it raises. The blog can be found at http://linnareareads.blogspot.com.

Linn Area Reads is supported by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library, Friends of the Marion Public Library, The Gazette, the Giacoletto Foundation, the University of Iowa’s Hancher, and the Metro Library Network.

More information about the Linn Area Reads program can be found at www.metrolibrarynetwork.org. More information about Nicolette Hahn Niman and Righteous Porkchop can be found at www.righteousporkchop.com.

The History of Fire Fighting at the CR Library

The annual community reading program known as Linn Area Reads will present The History of Firefighting on Saturday, February 27 at 2:00 pm. This is the first in a series of programs based around Population: 485, the book selected for Linn Area Reads 2010. Local historian Mark Hunter with the Carl and Mary Koehler History Center will give the presentation.

Population: 485 is subtitled Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time. The book features author Michael Perry’s adventures as a member of the volunteer fire and rescue department in New Auburn, Wis. It is filled with colorful characters, real emergencies and the quirkiness of a small Midwestern town.

Additional Linn Area Reads programs will feature conversations with local fire and rescue personnel on their experiences, a panel discussion on the vibrancy of small towns, and a session on fire safety. Perry will read from Population: 485, take questions and sign books on Saturday, May 15 at 2 pm at Theatre Cedar Rapids.

WHAT: Linn Area Reads presents The History of Firefighting

WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2:00 pm

WHERE: Cedar Rapids Public Library Bridge Facility, Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Rd. SW

For more information on this and other Linn Area Reads events, visit www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/linnareareads.

Linn Area Reads is supported by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Cole Library, East Central Library Services, Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library, Friends of the Marion Public Library, The Gazette, the Giacoletto Foundation, Hancher Auditorium, Linn County Library Consortium, Lisbon Public Library and the Metro Library Network.

Linn Area Reads Selects Perry’s Population: 485 for 2010 Program

The planning committee for the annual community reading program known as Linn Area Reads has selected Population: 485 by author and humorist Michael Perry for the 2010 edition of the program. Perry will read from the book on Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. at Theatre Cedar Rapids. The reading is one of several Linn Area Reads events scheduled between now and May.

The reading will also be part of this year’s edition of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series. All Linn Area Reads and Out Loud! Author Series events are free and open to the public. Both are programs of the Metro Library Network, which is made up of the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha Public Libraries.

“Last year’s collaboration between Linn Area Reads and Out Loud! was such a success that we wanted to keep that momentum going,” said Rob Cline, series coordinator for the Out Loud! Author Series and a member of the Linn Area Reads planning committee. “Michael Perry is a perfect fit for both programs.”

Population: 485 is subtitled Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time. The book features Perry’s adventures as a member of the volunteer fire and rescue department in New Auburn, Wis. It is filled with colorful characters, real emergencies, and the quirkiness of a small Midwestern town.

Perry will read from Population: 485, take questions from the audience, and sign books during his May 15 appearance.

Additional Linn Area Reads programs will feature conversations with local fire and rescue personnel on their experiences, a panel discussion on the vibrancy of small towns, a program on the history of firefighters and EMTs, and a session on fire safety.

In addition to Population: 485, Perry is the author of Truck: A Love Story and Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting.

For more information about Michael Perry, visit his website.

Linn Area Reads 2009 Selection Announced

The planning committee for the annual community reading program known as Linn Area Reads has selected Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas for the 2009 edition of the program. Dallas will read from the book on Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Theatre Cedar Rapids’ Lindale facility. The reading will also be the first event of this year’s edition of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series. In addition to Dallas, the series will feature appearances by Sara Paretsky, Samantha Chang, Lawrence Block, and Michael Buckley.

Tallgrass explores the underlying prejudice that led to the internment of those of Japanese descent during World War II. When a young girl is murdered in Ellis, Colorado, in the early 1940s, most of the town quickly assumes the killer escaped from the nearby internment camp. Guided by her parents, 13-year-old Rennie Stroud, stands in opposition to the prevailing winds.

The book was chosen in part due to its similarities to Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Classics at Brucemore, which will be presenting a theatrical version of Lee’s book July 9-11 and 16-18, is collaborating with Linn Area Reads to present programs that tie the two novels together. Both books address widespread prejudice and feature a young female narrator whose sense of justice is shaped by a noble father.

Dallas is the author of several novels, including the forthcoming Prayers for Sale which will be released in April.

Linn Area Reads is supported by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Brucemore, Cornell College, East Central Library Services, Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library, The Gazette, the Giacoletto Foundation, Hancher Auditorium, Linn County Library Consortium, and the Metro Library Network.