Community Read

Read together. Come together.

September 28 - October 17, 2015

When we read, we learn new things. And when we read together, we learn things not just about the book, but also about the people with whom we are reading.

Community Read PosterThe Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin has been selected for the Library's 2015 Community Read, to be read and discussed by hundreds in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community and to become the focus of a series of events and activities taking place September 28 – October 17, 2015.

Community Read titles have also been selected for younger readers: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (for teens), Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (for children), and The Jacket by Kirsten Hall (a picture book for young readers). Titles can be found in the Library's catalog in various formats.

We invite you to engage in this year's Community Read by reading (or listening to) the book, talking about it, attending Library programs, engaging with the Library on social media, and sharing your enthusiasm for reading.

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Book Summaries

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle ZevinThe Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Nazi Germany, 1939: The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist—books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge fan of all games—board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!

The Jacket by Kristen Hall

The Jacket is a book that needs to be a book. It's a book that pays tribute, in word and form, to all that a book is and can be. Once upon a time there was a girl who had a dog named Egg Cream. This girl loved her dog, but she also loved her special book. And Book loved her. But how about Book and Egg Cream? Could they coexist as the girl's two favorite things in the whole wide world?