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Community Reads selects book for fall PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:40
Community Reads and Bowling Green State University's Common Reading Experience have selected a common book for fall: "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen," by Christopher McDougall.
This is not the first time the two programs have shared a common book, having done so in 2005 and 2007; however, this collaboration grew out of the visioning process begun last year by BGSU president, Mary Ellen Mazey, and Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards, .
Now in its tenth year, the Community Reads program, chaired by Mary Callahan Boone, of Wood County District Public Library, continues to promote city-wide reading, whether one is seven, 17 or 70.
"Since 2003, when the program was introduced with Homer Hickam's "Rocket Boys," Community Reads has been a lively part of library programming. Community Reads's true strength is that while the library facilitates the event, it truly belongs to the community," Boone said. "The book selection and program planning committee is made up of WCDPL staff, retired and active teachers, community business people, citizens, and BGSU faculty and staff; we all love reading and sharing what we read with others. We all know the power the right book at the right time has to make a difference in someone's life."
The Community Reads committee was already in the selection process for the annual Community Reads when meetings began with Donna Nelson-Beene, chair of BGSU's Common Reading Experience for incoming freshmen.
After many months of committee readings of over 50 suggested titles, "Born to Run" emerged as the top choice. Both groups are collaborating on exciting and stimulating programming centered around the book. Community Reads kicks-off when author McDougall visits Bowling Green Oct. 1. A full slate of events start McDougall's day start with a Fun Run and Walk from Jerome Library to WCDPL and back. McDougall will then visit with BGSU and Bowling Green High School students. The day ends with a reception at WCDPL for McDougall, followed by an author talk at BGSU Student Union's Lenhart Ballroom.
The library expects that many readers and area book clubs will pick up this title. In fact, one book club, which has been meeting since 1998, has already read the book and sings its praises. One member, Kathleen Tweeney says: "The book is inspirational. It makes you think you can do this. Running is an ordinary thing to do. Not everyone has access to mountains." Another member, Barbara Rothrock, had a different view: "Fascinating. Extreme sports is so far from what I understand. I love falling into a world I don't know." Kathy Miller mentioned that the group always enjoys the Community Reads choice, "I've so appreciated books not in my experience."
Boone agrees with the book club's reactions to "Born to Run."
"I don't think any of us, when we started reviewing books for 2013, could have predicted that a book about running would be the final selection. But this book is about so much more. McDougall's narrative style engages the reader immediately. He invites us along on his surprising and exhilarating journey: taking us from the isolated Copper Canyon region of Mexico, home of the Tarahumara, or the Running People, and into the worlds of ultra-distance running, sports medicine, and big business. Without missing a step, McDougall includes side-journeys into history, cultural anthropology, and human physiology, and then brings everything together, returning us back to the home of the Running People and a ringside seat for 'the greatest race the world has never seen.'"
Copies of  "Born to Run" are available now to check out at Wood County District Public Library.
Boone notes that final details for programs are ongoing.
Call WCDPL for more information at 419-352-5104, or watch the library website, wcdpl.org, and BGSU's website, www.bgsu.edu.

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