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Read, Share, Connect

20191002_084705Community reads provide opportunities for individuals to connect via a shared experience. By reading the same book, participants have a basis for conversation and a shared language that transcends everyday interactions.

For instance, the person you bump into at the grocery store might have nothing in common with you other than the fact that all people eat. So, you talk about the pomegranate you are buying and how the heck do you actually get the seeds out? (Yes, I’ve had those conversations because we eat weird things at our house!)

Yet if you have both read “The Witness Tree”, you immediately have common ground besides the potato chip sale or getting said chips to your car in the pouring rain. Instead, you can talk characters, plot, and the impact that the novel had on you. The connection is deeper and more meaningful. And it actually helps bond a community. Pretty cool concept, if you ask me.

This November, Meinders Community Library is hosting its 5th Annual Community Read.

Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Fund, residents of Pipestone can partake in this year’s event. We have 30 complimentary copies of “The Witness Tree” by Amy Pendino.

Stop by and pick up your copy today. When you are finished reading, you can return the book to the library for someone else to read, pass it along to a friend, or keep it for your own collection.

This book will also be read by the library book clubs. If your book club would like to read it, please contact the library for assistance in check-out options.

Amy will join us on November 16 for a reading and book discussion. Or, if you prefer, you can have those discussions waiting in line at the grocery store.

keep reading~ jody



Meinders Community Library is a combined school and public library that serves the residents of Pipestone County in Southwestern Minnesota. It is part of the Plum Creek Library System.