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Urbandale Public Library/All Urbandale Reads 2020

At the June 30, Urbandale City Council Meeting, Mayor Robert Andeweg signed a proclamation naming  “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien as the official All Urbandale Reads selection for 2020. 

The Library has several copies of this book available in a variety of formats (large print, audio, e-book), so please check out one to read today! Beside book discussions, we’re also offering programs related to themes present in this book throughout the rest of 2020. Read on to learn more!

About the All Urbandale Reads Program

All Urbandale Reads is a “one book, one community” reading initiative that attempts to get everyone in a city to read and discuss the same book. The goal of All Urbandale Reads is to unite the community and promote literacy through one inspiring read. Now in its third year, All Urbandale Reads features book discussions and a variety of programs related to themes found in the selected book.

How is the All Urbandale Reads book selected?

Library staff review a variety of critically acclaimed books based on their themes, readability, and the opportunities for related programs each book may present. A selection committee made up of the Library Director, various representatives from around the community, as well as a representative from the State Library of Iowa read and review a list of finalists based on this same criteria and make a final selection. This year, the list of finalists were selected from the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read a program designed to showcase a diverse range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives. This year’s other finalists were The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers and When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka.

What are the past All Urbandale Reads books?

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (2018)
  • The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg (2019)

The selected book will be available for checkout starting June 30. We will have a variety of formats available (print book, eBook, large print, audiobook).

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