In May, the Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro libraries will kick off an event series in it's seventh year to promote literacy and community engagement. The series is called One Book One Community.
The event is like a community-wide book club. It will focus on the book called The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the inspiring story of a Roanoke woman who's cancer treatment in 1951 at Johns Hopkins Hospital resulted in the polio vaccine, gene mapping, cloning, and many other medical advances.
The events include book discussions, films, lectures, and children's programming.
"We all watch the same television programs, and eat at the same restaurants, why not read the same book and talk about the same book at this time, it really does stimulate conversation, especially in book groups and things like that," says Ruth Arnold, Director of the Staunton Public Library.
You can find a list of events at http://sawcommunityread.org/2014-events/