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Urbandale Public Library/All Urbandale Reads

At the April 5, 2022 Urbandale City Council Meeting, Mayor Robert Andeweg signed a proclamation naming¬†“This Tender Land” by William Kent Krueger as the All Urbandale Reads selection for 2022.¬†

The Library has several copies of this book available, so please check out one to read today! Click here to view this title in our catalog.

We hope you’ll attend one of our community book discussions:

Stay tuned for updates on an accompanying program to be revealed later this year!

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. All Urbandale Reads features book discussions and a program or two 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. In past years, 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.

Past All Urbandale Reads books:

  • “When the Emperor Was Divine” by Julie Otsuka (2021)
  • “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien (2020)
  • “The Story of Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg (2019)
  • “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith (2018)
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