Courtesy of KTVZ News
March 16, 2022
Deschutes Public Library proudly announced Wednesday the 19th annual celebration of “A Novel Idea…Read Together” with the return of dynamic programs and two opportunities to attend the main author events.
Starting in April, Central Oregonians can take part in a variety of free cultural programs and events focused around Diane Wilson’s The Seed Keeper and Christine Day’s I Can Make This Promise.
“This year’s ‘A Novel Idea’ titles stretch from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest and connect us to people and places beyond our own experiences,” said Deschutes Public Library Programs Supervisor Liz Goodrich. “Both books, written by Native American women, inspire readers of all ages to deepen their understanding about the rich history and heritage of Native cultures.”
Programming for “A Novel Idea” begins on April 8 with an offering of in-person and online programs for youth and adults. What follows are four weeks of programs that reflect themes and ideas found in the books. “A Novel Idea” concludes with free presentations by Wilson and Day on May 6 in Bend and May 7 in Madras.
“The central themes of identity, belonging, and ancestry found in The Seed Keeper and I Can Make This Promise remind us of what is most important,” said Goodrich. “This year, the Library is partnering with Jefferson County Library District to expand the project. The more people we can get talking about the books, the more opportunities exist for community-building across the region.”
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