The Arlington Reads Together (ART) selection committee is seeking nominations for the 2023 community-read book pick. Have you read a book that explores issues facing Arlington? Have an idea for a great community read book that will inspire discussion and connection? Please share it with the committee via the 2023 ART Title Nomination form by July 8.
Since 2002 the annual Arlington Reads Together program has inspired the community to come together to learn and engage with inspiring ideas through book discussions, author talks, and events for children, teens, and adults. In March 2022, hundreds of Arlingtonians read Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, And The Teachings Of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Community members came together through library-sponsored programs to learn about Indigenous understanding of ecology, Native history and culture, the reclamation of the Wampanoag language, and more.
Arlington Reads Together is a joint project of the Robbins Library and Envision Arlington’s Diversity Task Group, and is sponsored by the Arlington Libraries Foundation with additional partner support. Addressing issues of diversity is a theme the committee looks for in books and places at the center of the community read program. Arlingtonians are encouraged to think about the diversity issues the town is facing: racial, religious, immigration, population transition, changing socioeconomics, cultural competence, etc.
Now entering its 21st year, the Arlington Reads Together program strives to connect people through shared experiences, strengthening bonds within our town, exploring ideas to break down preconceptions or stereotypes and giving people the opportunity to explore one topic–together.
Questions can be directed to Anna Litten at email@example.com or 781-316-3202.