By Sabrina Westfall
The Washington Carnegie Public Library has kicked off the third annual One Book One Community event to get the community reading.
The book this year’s event is centered around is “The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin, an Indiana author. The aviation theme will spread throughout all age groups as events are hosted at the library, located at 300 W Main Street in Washington.
Library Director Teresa Heidenreich said the One Book One Community event has become a way for the community to start reading the same book, hopefully start a conversation and share with a friend.
Heidenreich described the book as fictional, with historical facts, about the lives of Anne Morow and Charles Lindbergh.
As the community begins reading the book, there will be several book discussions at the library. The discussions will not be on a set topic about the book, and Heidenreich said the conversation could go in any direction.
The book discussions are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m.; Thursday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The director noted the times vary for each discussion to allow everyone a chance to attend.
There will be a discussion geared towards teens Thursday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Heidenreich noted adults are also welcome to the discussion.
Several programs for younger children will be hosted throughout the One Book One Community event, most of which deal with the aviation theme as well.
Children ages preschool to kindergarten will be encouraged to read “Homer, the Library Cat” by Reeve Lindbergh – the daughter of Anne and Charles Lindbergh – and prepare for a scavenger hunt in the library. The scavenger hunt will start off with a reading of the book Monday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. The children will then go on a hunt through the library and take part in a craft designing their own “Homer”.
Students grades first through fourth are encouraged to read “You Can’t Do that, Amelia!” by Kimberly Wagner Klier. The book, inspired by Amelia Earhart, is about a young girl who tries to break past gender barriers, Heidenreich explained.
Kimberly Wagner Klier will be at the library Monday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. decked out in her Amelia Earhart inspired gear to talk about the book.
There will be a showing of the movie “Planes” at the library for students preschool through grade six on Friday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
Dr. Richard Baker will be discussing the future of drone use in his presentation “The Drone Age: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in today’s society” at the library Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Heidenreich explained the presentation will also include a discussion about the future of drone use, especially with the recent talks about Amazon deliver packages with the use of the unmanned drones.
To bring a close to the One Book One Community event, readers will have a chance to hear directly from author Melanie Benjamin in the Washington High School Auditorium Saturday, Sept. 27.
The night will kick off with a dinner put on by the Friends of the Library as a fundraiser. Seats will be limited for the dinner with the author. Tickets range from $25 to $40 and must be purchased in advance.
Everyone is invited to the free presentation by the author at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Benjamin will be answering questions about “The Aviator’s Wife” and signing books.