Learn, reflect, and join the discussion of the books with this year’s theme, Telling Our Stories.
Weber Reads is a coalition of people from the Weber County Library, the Wasatch Range Writing Project, and Weber and Ogden School Systems.
Welcome to Weber Reads 2021, a community-wide program that encourages discovery, reflection, and engagement in meaningful dialogue as we read books; listen to presentations; watch movies; and, most importantly, talk and learn from one another.
This year’s theme, The Air We Breathe, presents a host of exciting learning opportunities, many STEM-related. Recent themes have addressed water and fire, and it seemed appropriate this year to consider air, given the effects that an airborne virus has had on our global community. There are many intriguing scientific, cultural, and historical “jumping-off” points to enhance our discussions of the topic.
To encourage participation, every school in the County is receiving a package containing Weber Reads teaching materials created by teacher consultants from the Wasatch Range Writing Project. Books for children and teens, purchased in part by Friends of the Weber County Library, are being given to your school library, along with an invitation to have public librarians visit classrooms and deliver a special presentation.
In addition to discussions in classrooms, people of all ages are invited to attend Weber Reads special events hosted at Weber County Libraries. Watch the Library Web site at weberpl.lib.ut.us for details. Lists of recommended, age appropriate learning materials, produced in a variety of reading, listening, and viewing formats are available for all. Please join us.
Ages 18 and older. Limited free copies of the book will be available. All book discussions will be held via Zoom. To register call your location or sign up through the LIBRARY’S WEBSITE.
The title’s below reflect this year’s theme,
TELLING OUR STORIES
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Tue., Oct 13th, 7:00 p.m.
North Branch Register: 801-337-2650
On the night of the Winter Solstice, a village gathers for an evening of storytelling at a little inn set upon the River Thames. The arrival of a stranger carrying a dead child, fished out of the cold waters, interrupts their revelry. When the child miraculously awakens, the mystery of her identity raises ghosts of the past and changes the lives of the community forever.
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Wed., Oct 14th, 7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Register: 801-337-2670
Part of the Man vs. Nature book discussion series. Robin Wall Kimmerer is an ecologist, a Native American woman, and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her memoir is a profound piece of nature writing exploring the intersection of culture and science.
There There by Tommy Orange
Tue., Oct 20th, 7:00 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Branch Register: 801-337-2691
Part of the Native Voices book discussion series. Twelve strangers, all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, are connected in ways they do not yet realize. Together, their urban voices weave a complex and unflinching narrative filled with pain, beauty, spiritualism, and sacrifice.