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Gloversville READS! (Woof!)
March 15, 2013 - Bill Ackerbauer
In today's edition, we have a report announcing the book elected as this year's Gloversville READS! title is "Following Atticus," by Tom Ryan. While I have nothing against this book — nearly everybody loves dogs, and I am a fan of hiking the Adirondack High Peaks — I was a bit disappointed that Richard Russo's memoir "Elsewhere" was not selected. I thought we, as a community, could have benefited from an extended public conversation on the issues Russo addresses in his latest book and his earlier novels. Then again, perhaps we don't need any special occasion or organized program to talk about our community's attitudes, prospects and self-image. What do you think?
Here's the full text of the library's news release announcing the selection of "Following Atticus" and the programs slated for Gloversville READS! this year:
The Gloversville Public Library is pleased to announce the title of the book selected for the 2nd annual Gloversville READS! Program. Tom Ryan’s, Following Atticus: Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship has been selected from a list of five finalist to be the book at the center of numerous community events scheduled between March 15th through April 30th, 2013. The public book nomination period was between December 3rd to 21st, 2012 and voting process took place from January 18th to February 15th. Of the 636 votes cast during January and February, Following Atticus won will over 80 percent of the votes. Copies of the book, as well as the children’s companion title, Nubs, can be obtained from the Library.
“The public’s involvement to date through the nomination process and voting is an exciting development from last year’s READ. That outreach also brought school district teachers and staff and community members onto this year’s committee. Their ideas and hard work have made developing this project a joy and a true community collaboration,” said Library Director Barbara Madonna.
Following Atticus is the author’s personal story about being middle-aged, overweight, and an acrophobic newspaperman and his boon companion, a schnauzer named Atticus. He decided to climb all 48 of New Hampshire's 4,000 foot peaks twice in one winter with Atticus to raising money for charity. It was an adventure of a lifetime, across hundreds of miles. At the heart of the amazing journey was the extraordinary relationship they shared, one that blurred the line between man and dog.
Several themed community events have already been scheduled. Among the events to celebrate Gloversville READS! 2013 program are two book discussions of Following Atticus on April 16th at 6pm and April 17th at 10am. Both discussions will be held at the Library. “Tails to Rails”, an owner-dog walk will be held on April 27th from 10am to noon. The walk will start at the RailTrail Park Pavilion on behind City Hall. Walkers will need to provide proof of rabies vaccination and license. No dogs in heat or younger than 6 months. Dogs must also be on a fixed, non-retractable, leash no longer than 6 feet. Pre-registration forms are available at the Library or on its website. Rain or shine.
The highlight of the scheduled events will be the author Tom Ryan and Atticus, with Tom’s new dog Will, hosting an author talk and book signing on Saturday, April 20th at 4:30pm at SkyHeart Place, 33 Bleecker St. Mysteries on Main St. will be on hand with books for purchase and signing.
Doug Hill, a resident of Broadablin, who owns show dogs, most notably Dora, a giant Schnauzer, who just competed in the Westminster Dog Show, will be presenting a program about dog show and dog clubs on Monday, March 25th at 6pm.
On April 9th at 6pm the Foothills Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club will present a program about hiking the Adirondacks. There will be an adoption day with the James A Brennan Humane Society on Thursday, April 18 from 4-7pm at Myer’s Park, near Park Terrace School.
The library will be honoring a fine free period during the READ. In lieu of fines patrons are asked to bring in items for the animal shelters. A list of needed items is available at the Library or on its website. All of the schools in the district will be collecting items as well. Other events include a “Drawing Animals” program for kids on April 2nd at 1pm at the library. Reservations are required due to limited seating. It is part of the Comics Connect grant. Comics Connect is “a collaborative project of the Mohawk Valley Library System and the Upper Hudson Library System is supported by funds from the New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services grant program.”
In addition, The Adirondack Mountain Club, Foothills Chapter, is having a number of outings during the READ. The club is encouraging the public to join in. Additional information can be found on the club’s website (http://www.adk.org/page.php?pname=foothills-chapter) or patrons can get a copy of their newsletter and details about the hikes and membership on the Library’s READ webpage.
Listen to WENT AM1340 for Atticus trivia with prizes provided by our community partners. Sign up for the Gloversville READS facebook page to stay informed about everything that is happening in conjunction with this exciting community event.
Events wind-down with a “Blessing of the Pets” by Rev. Linda Martin of the First Presbyterian Church of Broadalbin on Tuesday, April 30th.
The library hopes that as many residents as possible will attend the fun and interesting events they have planned for this month-and-half-long celebration. A community read is about bringing a community together through a common book. By reading, discussing, and exploring the topic with related programming a community strengthens its commitment to reading while finding out new details about itself and its citizens.
“The committee, staff and board are looking forward to these exciting programs. We have over 20 community partners participating this year. Atticus and Nubs are perfect poster puppies for loyalty, friendship and raising awareness about the special place animals have in our daily lives,” said Barbara Madonna, library director.
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Tom Ryan’s "Following Atticus: Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship" is this year's Gloversville READS! selection.