LETTER: Thank you for participating in Greenwich Reads Together

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor:

This year, the Greenwich community participated even more enthusiastically in Greenwich Reads Together (GRT), the fifth community-wide reading experience. During the month of October, Greenwich became engaged in the exploration of a single book, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. Americanah is a powerful, tender story of race and identity, unfolding across three continents.

A total of 7,200 residents turned out for more than 50 different events — readings, expert panels, book discussions, storytelling and film screenings sponsored by many town-based organizations. In case you missed our talk with Americanah Editor Robin Desser or our panel on Race, Identity, and Perception in Americanah, you can listen to podcasts of both on our websitewww.greenwichreadstogether.org.

In the Greenwich Public Schools, more than 6,500 students, parents, and faculty participated in Greenwich Reads Together in over 30 programs for all grade levels across the district – over 1,500 more than last year. Two companion books were selected, enabling younger children at the elementary and middle school level to participate as well. The essay contest, once again sponsored by the Greenwich Rotary Club, received 30 submissions. Greenwich Alliance for Education collected hundreds of books donated by the community and distributed them to children at the Boys and Girls Club.

This community-building program would not be possible without the generous funding provided by The Friends of Greenwich Library. 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, Friends of Greenwich Library, Perrot Memorial Library, and YWCA of Greenwich.

I thank all of you for joining us in exploring Americanah.

Sincerely,

Barbara Ormerod-Glynn

Greenwich Library Director

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