Library head says it was great to ‘read together’

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

This year, the Greenwich community participated even more enthusiastically in Greenwich Reads Together (GRT), the fourth community-wide reading experience.

During the month of October, Greenwich became engaged in the exploration of a single book, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. This compelling nonfiction narrative about a rowing team that overcame enormous odds to win the 1936 Olympics was incredibly popular, circulating more than 2,300 times.

A total of 6,500 residents turned out for 61 different events — readings, expert panels, book discussions, storytelling, and film screenings sponsored by many town-based organizations. The experience concluded with a warm and engaging talk by the author, Daniel James Brown. In case you missed it, you can listen to a podcast on our website, Greenwichreadstogether.org.

In the Greenwich Public Schools, more than 5,000 students, parents and faculty members participated in Greenwich Reads Together in more than 40 programs for all grade levels across the district — over 2,000 more than last year. Three companion books were selected, enabling younger children at the elementary and middle school level to participate as well. The essay contest sponsored by the Greenwich Rotary Club received a record 75 submissions.

This community-building program would not be possible without the generous funding provided by Connecticut Humanities, Friends of Greenwich Library, the Greenwich Library board of trustees, Anne F. Jeffery, and the Rotary Club of Greenwich. I would also like to thank the Greenwich Reads Together Steering Committee, which includes Greenwich Library, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Pen Women, Greenwich Public and Independent Schools, and Friends of Greenwich Library.

I thank all of you for joining us in exploring The Boys in the Boat.

Barbara Ormerod-Glynn

Greenwich

The author is the director of Greenwich Library.

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