Community Read 2015
A joint project of Taconic Hills Central School, the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, the Claverack Free Library and the Philmont Public Library.
This March approximately 400 students in grades 8 – 12 at Taconic Hills Central School, along with many adult residents of the district, will all be reading and discussing Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. Through the shared reading and discussion experience, as well as participation in related events at the school and the local libraries, the organizers hope to foster a greater love of reading as well as a stronger sense of community and a strengthened school/local library connection.
Private Peaceful, a young adult novel, is accessible to all ages but is not simplistic. A moving story about two young working class brothers who fight in World War I, it deals with many meaningful themes: coming of age, poverty, courage, first love, bullying, persons with disabilities, single parent families and being a soldier. Its World War I setting is fitting as the centennial of the war is underway. Many of the students will be studying WWI this year in their Social Studies classes.
The Community Read will kick off on February 25 with a Book Distribution Party at the school. Students will be encouraged not only to read the book but also to participate in activities related to the book. These may include creating a diorama, writing an alternative ending, writing letters in French, creating a book trailer, conducting filmed interviews with local war veterans, etc.
The local libraries will host book discussion groups as well as programs of WWI poetry and music, WWI related movies and talks by WWI experts.
Copies of Private Peaceful will be available for purchase at each of the local libraries. Part of the purchase price will go toward Community Read events. Purchasers will be encouraged to buy a second copy – through a Buy One/Give One program – so that all participating students can have their own copy.
Community Read 2015 has received funding support from KeyBank Leadership Foundation and The Taconic Hills Arts and Humanities Fund with Berkshire Taconic Foundation.
Questions, comments or to get involved, contact: Joan Wallstein (firstname.lastname@example.org), Carol Briggs (email@example.com), Sally Alderdice (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Karen Garafalo (email@example.com).