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:

Whether you read the book or not, we still encourage you to attend our related programming:

Tender Land, Harsh School: American Indian Education in Fiction and Reality

  • Sunday, September 18 @ 1:00 PM
  • This program will address some of the ideas of American Indian education brought up in This Tender Land┬áby William Kent Krueger, the 2022 All Urbandale Reads title. From there, Dr. Sebastian Braun will explore historic and contemporary Native school systems and their impacts on communities. A short presentation will be followed by a general discussion and Q&A session.

Attend any All Urbandale Reads (AUR) book discussion or related AUR programming to be entered into our drawing to win a harmonica! (Read the book to understand the unique symbolism of the harmonica.) You can attend multiple programs to earn more entries and we’ll announce the winner at the conclusion of this year’s AUR events in November 2022.


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 feature 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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