Join Iredell Reads in July
Iredell Reads is a community-based reading program designed to encourage
the entire community to read the same book and then attend a month-long
series of events based on the themes presented in the book. This year’s
Iredell Reads, to be held in July 2013, will focus on
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. There will be book giveaways,
discussion groups, and events held all month long to give everyone the chance
to talk about what they have read and to share their opinions and reading
experience with others who have read the same book.
Iredell Reads events are open to the entire community. Book
clubs and other book discussion groups are encouraged to make
A Prayer for Owen Meany their book selection for July. You can
download an analysis of the book and sample discussion questions
All Iredell Reads
events will be held at the
Iredell County Public Library, 201 N. Tradd St., Statesville, NC
Iredell Reads is sponsored by the Iredell Friends of
Highlights of Iredell Reads include:
- Book Giveaway:
The Iredell Friends of the Library will give away 100 copies of
A Prayer for Owen Meany for those participating in Iredell
Reads. Books will be available on a first-come, first serve
basis on two occasions: at the
Evening Farmers Market in Pecan
Park beginning at 4:00 PM on June 6; and at the library in
Statesville on Monday, June 10 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM and
4:00 PM until 6:00 PM.
Iredell County citizens will take turns reading aloud from
A Prayer for Owen Meany Monday through Wednesday, July 8, 9
and 10, from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the library in Statesville.
- Lecture Series
with Tony Abbott:
Tony Abbott, celebrated poet and novelist, will present a three-part
lecture and discussion series to examine the many facets of
A Prayer for Owen Meany. Abbott describes the novel as “a beautiful
book that appeals to the heart, the mind, and to our laughter.”
He says the book is unique in that it is funny but also sad and
that the combination is what makes it so readable. Dr. Abbott's
lectures will be on three consecutives Thursdays, July 11,
July 18 and July 25, at 7:00 PM.
- Poetry Reading:
Dr. Bill Blackley, North Carolina poet, active member and
past president of the North Carolina Poetry Society, and Director
of the Gilbert-Campbell Distinguished Poet Series, will present
an evening of poetry and music on Wednesday, July 24 at 7:00 PM.
Dr. Blackley, a Vietnam veteran who was decorated twice for valor,
will share some of his Vietnam War poetry during this program.
- Lunch & Learn:
Roxanne Newton, Dean of the Humanities and Fine Arts Division of
Mitchell Community College, will lead a Lunch and Learn book discussion
A Prayer for Owen Meany beginning at 12:00 noon on July 26.
You are invited to bring your lunch to this program. The Iredell
Friends of the Library will provide dessert and beverages.
- Film Series:
series of six films, all related in one way or another to the themes
found in A Prayer for Owen Meany, will be shown at the library in
Statesville. Three of the films will be screened Monday evenings at
6:00 PM beginning on July 8, and Friday afternoons at 3:00 PM beginning on July 12.
- An Evening with
Iredell County Veterans: Veterans from Iredell County are
invited to the library for an evening of fellowship and a chance
to share memories and tell their stories at an informal gathering
on Wednesday, July 31 at 7:00 PM.