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2020 Community Read events announced

Each year, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s Community Read encourages county residents to read and discuss a single, outstanding book. We select a youth book with a similar theme so all ages can participate, and this year’s Community Read will focus on the power of music and art. The title selected for 2020 is The Soloist by Steve Lopez. The book is based on columns Lopez wrote for The Los Angeles Times about his friendship with Nathaniel Ayers, a former Julliard student playing a violin on Skid Row. Their friendship inspired Lopez to raise awareness of homelessness and mental illness, and the book was the basis for a film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.

The youth title is The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall. In a rage of grief, 13-year-old Arthur Owens throws a brick at James Hampton, the neighborhood “Junk Man.” Arthur is bound for juvie until Mr. Hampton suggests an alternative punishment. Arthur’s work for Mr. Hampton, along with the friendships he forms along the way, help heal Arthur’s pain and give him a new sense of purpose and hope.

The Community Read includes public libraries, schools, and organizations within Seneca County. Thanks to a grant from the White Family Trust of the Tiffin Charitable Foundation, we purchased copies of the books for area schools and libraries. The books are available now for checkout at the library, and The Soloist is available as an e-book and audiobook through the Ohio Digital Library.

The highlights of the Community Read are visits by the authors. Shelley Pearsall will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Noble Elementary School. Steve Lopez will give a presentation Thursday, Apr. 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the Columbian High School auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public. The authors’ visits are made possible by the Tiffin-Seneca Library Foundation and generous donors in the community. The authors’ presentations will include a question and answer session and book signing. Books can be purchased at Paper and Ink, and a limited quantity will be sold the night of the event.

Book discussions of The Soloist will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5 at the Seneca East Public Library and Tuesday, March 17 at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library and at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, at Kiwanis Manor. In addition, we will host several programs related to topics discussed in the Community Read books:

Saturday, Feb. 29, 2-4 p.m. — Trash to Treasure Art Project — Help create a community work of art to display in the library.

Tuesday, March 3, 6:30 p.m. — Homelessness in Seneca County — The Seneca County Council on Homelessness will discuss the homeless situation in our community.

Thursday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. — Mosaic Picture Frames — Adults will create a mosaic picture frame by upcycling old CDs and DVDs. Registration required.

Monday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. — A Day in the Life of a Music Therapist — Learn about the power of music from board-certified music therapists from Heartstring Melodies.

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m. — The Seventh Most Important Thing Family Book Night — The whole family is invited to discuss the book and play a trivia game.

Sunday, March, 15, 1:30 p.m. — The Soloist — A screening of the movie adaptation of the book.

Wednesday, March 18, 3-6 p.m. — Poverty Simulation at Tiffin University’s Marion Center — Using role-play scenarios, experience the daily lives of low-income families as they try to obtain assistance and seek services and support. Registration required.

Sunday, March 22, 1:30 p.m. — The Public Movie – During an extreme cold spell, an act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold.

Students from Heidelberg University’s School of Music and Theatre will present two Symphony Storytimes. They will provide musical accompaniment during these special family storytimes focused on music.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. — Symphony Storytime — The Power of Music

Thursday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. — Symphony Storytime — Instrument Showcase

Library staff will hold several other programs for youth and families focusing on music and art. For a complete listing of all Community Read events, visit the Community Read web page at http://www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org/community-read. All events will be at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library unless otherwise noted and are free and open to the public. For more information, stop by or call the library at (419) 447-3751.

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