By Jon Tatting
Mayor Nancy Schroeder kicked off the 2012 Rush City Community Read by reading her mayoral proclamation on Feb. 1 at the Rush City Public Library.
The Friends group was instrumental in planning the project, which features adult and youth book discussions, a NCAA playoff viewing and a large book sale.
“Rush City community reads have united and uplifted hundreds of citizens in the town of Rush City,” proclaimed Mayor Schroeder in promotion of the event.
In this second annual community read, people are encouraged to turn the pages of Stanley Gordon West’s “Blind Your Ponies,” along with the youth companion novel, “Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery,” authored by John Feinstein.
In “Last Shot” — After winning a basketball reporting contest, two students are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.
“Ponies” is about Sam Pickett who never expected to settle in a small town in Montana. He went there to hide from the violence and madness that have shattered his life, but what he finds is what he least expects. It seems that every inhabitant of this forgotten outpost has a story, a reason for taking a detour to this place, or a reason for staying.
“(We) chose this book not only because there were so many similarities between the fictional community of Willow Creek and Rush City, but also because of the message of community involvement and spirit the book presents,” according to the Rush City Friends of the Library. “
The community read is a tool used to promote this sense of community, engage us all in discussion and encourage lifelong reading. We’re looking forward to some lively conversations at the library and the school.”
Participants are encouraged to enjoy one or both books, which are available at the library in print, eBook and book on CD formats. Copies can be reserved.
Also, check out the following:
• A youth book discussion is planned from 3-4 p.m. Monday, March 12 at C.E. Jacobson Elementary School in room 210. There, students are invited to join Gara Goldenstein and Sue Karvonen for a conversation about “Last Shot.”
• On Thursday, March 15, Rush City High School basketball players and coach Jeremy Albright invite all area youth basketball enthusiasts to watch an NCAA playoff game on the big screen at 3:30 p.m. at Chucker’s Bowl and Lounge, 1270 W. 3rd St., in Rush City. A special “Basketball Meal Deal” will be offered.
• Everyone who reads the adult selection is invited to an adult book discussion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at the Rush City library. Friends of the Library members will serve refreshments.
The event ends with a big, week-long book sale from Tuesday, March 27 through Saturday, March 31 during regular open hours at the library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the sale will offer great prices, and all proceeds will go directly into Rush City library programs and materials.
Donated items for the sale will be accepted until March 15 at the library.
The community read project — funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund — is brought to Rush City by the East Central Regional Library, Minnesota Library Legacy, Rush City Public Library and Rush City Friends of the Library.