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Cole Corner: Iowa Center for the Book makes it easier for readers to join the discussion
January 26, 2013 · Cathy Boggs


In Iowa we have always taken books, libraries and literacy very seriously. So when I tell you that we have a state-supported program called Iowa Center for the Book, which is part of the State Library of Iowa and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, I know you won't be surprised.

What may surprise you is that this organization is the driving force behind the very popular statewide library program All Iowa Reads.

If all of this is breaking news to you, let me explain All Iowa Reads. It is a library-sponsored program that encourages all Iowans to read, discuss, and enjoy a single book over the course of one year. There is a website for All Iowa Reads that includes where to get multiple copies of the title if you are in a book group, discussion questions about the book, and information about the author - www.iowacenterforthebook.org/air.

The 2013 selection is The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson. Cole Library has a copy of the book and audio book available for patrons.

It is also available on NEIBORS as an e-book. So read the book, encourage someone else to do the same, and join the discussion.

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