Salina To Have First Community-Wide Read
In September and October, the Salina Public Library is organizing Salina Reads, a community-wide reading campaign. During this time, Salinans are encouraged to read “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon. The library has scheduled several events in conjunction with Salina Reads, and invites the community to form their own events and discussions, too.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” is told from the perspective of an autistic teen. The reader is taken into Christopher’s world as he investigates the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog. The book was selected by a committee of library staff and community members.
The library will have a Salina Reads Kickoff from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 8 in Caldwell Plaza. There will be drawings for prizes and giveaways. Food vendors Rollin’ Tacos and Sno Wizard will be there. Attendees will receive a free small snow cone. Musical entertainment will be provided by Dru Davis and Mike Mattson.
Other events include book discussions on Sept. 17 and Oct. 1 and 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Technology Center Conference Room at the library. A panel discussion on autism will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Prescott Room. The library will have a “Name the Dog” contest on its Facebook page Sept. 8-21. Library staff will catch people reading “The Curious Incident” from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 and Oct. 12 at the Central Mall and 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 8 at Kansas State University-Salina. Those caught reading the book with be entered into a drawing for a prize package. The library also will have a booth at the Friends of the Salina Animal Shelter Wagathon at 7 a.m. Oct. 26 at Webster Conference Center.
The Salina Art Center is inviting the public to create their own interpretation of “The Curious Incident” book cover or a work of art based on a theme in the novel. Participants can create their work at home or come to the art center, 242 S. Santa Fe, to work beginning Sept. 5. Completed works should be brought to the art center by Oct. 13 to be included in an exhibit from Oct. 16-31.
The library has several copies of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” in traditional book, large print, Spanish, audiobook and ebook formats available for check out. Copies also can be purchased at Salina book stores. Book discussion packets that include discussion questions and information about the author will be available.
For more information, please contact Lori Berezovsky at email@example.com, 825-4624, ext. 249, or visit the library at 301 W. Elm.