Woodland Reads is a Woodland Community-wide Reading Event based on the model developed in Seattle**. Each year a selected book is read by local high schools, book clubs and members of the community. Like many similar events in American cities and on college campuses, Woodland Reads is designed to foster literacy, acceptance and respect.
A unique feature of the Woodland Reads program is that the author(s) spends at least a day in Woodland interacting with student and adult readers.
Beginning in 2002, the Woodland community began reading together with The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez. Subsequent selections have included David Mas Masumoto’s Epitaph for a Peach (2003), The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2004), Jennifer Traig’s Devil in the Details (2006), Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream by Greg Sarris (2008), Sue Bigelow and Janice Goldberg’s play Rose Colored Glass (2009), Maisie Dobbs: A Novel by Jacqueline Winspear (2010), Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (2011), Peter Rock’s My Abandonment (21012), Mona Ruiz’s memoir Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz, Renee Thompson’s The Bridge at Valentine (2014)
Meg Stallard, a member of the Woodland Reads team says, “We’ve enjoyed the community support we have received over the years for this important literary program. Each year participation seems to grow, and community organizations are so generous. We couldn’t bring in all these great authors without their support.”
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Woodland Reads Team:
Robert Van Eyken
** One City, One Book Background: The first One City, One Book program was If All of Seattle Read the Same Book in 1998, started by Nancy Pearl at the Seattle Public Library's Washington Center for the Book. Many communities have piggy-backed on Ms. Pearl’s idea, and have adopted this community practice from big cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City, as well as small towns like Sonoma (CA), Clarendon Hills (IL) and New Rochelle (NY.) Ms. Pearl warns that the goals of the program should be literary and not political, "Keep in mind that this is a library program. It's not an exercise in civics. It's not intended to have literature cure the racial divide. This is about a work of literature."