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Urbandale Public Library/A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Selected as 2018 All Urbandale Reads Book

Join a special book club for the entire city!  This summer, we’re introducing our first-ever All Urbandale Reads program where all community members are encouraged to read the same book and join in on a public book discussion.




During the Summer Rocks in Urbandale! summer reading kickoff event on Saturday, June 2, Urbandale Mayor Robert Andeweg shared a proclamation naming  “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith as the official All Urbandale Reads selection for 2018.  The Library has several copies available in a variety of formats (large print, audio, e-book), so please check out one to read today!






Community Book Discussions 

Join us for one of two community book discussions about the All Urbandale Reads book.  Get to  know your neighbors as your share your thoughts and learn from each other!

  •  August 8 @ noon & 6:30 PM at the Urbandale Public Library.  No registration required.


August Movie Night for Adults

You’ve read the book, now watch the movie!  Join us at the Library for a special showing of  the 1945 classic film, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” starring Peggy Ann Garner as Francie and Dorothy McGuire as Katie.  The movie will be followed by a facilitated discussion.

  • August 23 @ 6:00 PM (PG 129 Min., 1945). No registration required.






The Great American Read

“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” was selected from The Great American Read initiative’s list of 100 favorite books.   Learn more about the Urbandale Public Library’s work with “The Great American Read” initiative here and vote for your favorite book this summer!  Which book will get your vote?