The New Braunfels Public Library is encouraging residents to “Know Your Neighbor” through their first-ever Community Read program in the months of September and October.
The program will bring the community together through the shared experience of reading the same books and participating in activities and guided conversations centered around the common theme.
Following the successful Read Across Texas campaign by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and their “Know Your Neighbor” theme, the New Braunfels Public Library is also focusing on bringing neighbors together by encouraging residents to read the critically-acclaimed novel A Man Called Ove, written by Frederik Backman, or to watch the film adaptation. Additional books following the theme have been selected for adults, young adults, and children with full book lists available on the Library website.
“As Journalist Mary McGrory said, ‘The idea is that the city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony,’” said Library Director Gretchen Pruett. “In our fast-paced lives, it can be hard to slow down and take notice of our surroundings. We want to encourage everyone to take a moment to get to know and appreciate their neighbors and start a conversation about one of our community’s greatest strengths – its friendliness and small town feeling, which is rooted in knowing your neighbor.”
Throughout September and October, the Library is asking residents to read the book or watch the movie and then open dialogue through discussions and special programs and events. Activities include movie screenings followed by a guided discussion, children’s storytime sessions, crafting opportunities, and more. Details for those events will be released in the coming weeks through the Library website and social media channels.
Several copies of the book are available for checkout at the New Braunfels Public Library. E-books are also available, and Library patrons can use the hoopla app to watch the movie online. For those online resources, visit the New Braunfels Public Library Online Catalog. For questions about the Community Read program or how to use the library’s online resources, please call 830-221-4300.