A Novel Idea… Unveiled!

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  11/1/2016

Deschutes Public Library Foundation to Reveal the 2017 “A Novel Idea” Selection at a Free Community Celebration on December 2 at the Downtown Bend Library

A Novel Idea Unveiled Every year since 2004 thousands of Deschutes County residents have read, discussed and engaged with one book annually as part of “A Novel Idea… Read Together,” Deschutes Public Library’s community reading program. The public is once again invited to take part in a free community event at which the 2017 “A Novel Idea” selection will be unveiled.

“The Novel Idea unveiling has become and fun and exciting part of the entire A Novel Idea program,” said Communications & Development Manager Chantal Strobel. “It’s a great night for the community to discover the selection together. They also get the first jump on reading the book since we have copies available for check-out and for sale that night,” said added.

Regarded as the premier community reading program in the state of Oregon, “A Novel Idea” has taken readers from Afghanistan to the American south and from Manhattan to Japan, and to time periods that span centuries. The 2017 selection promises to explore new ground, but the book won’t be revealed until the unveiling on December 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Downtown Bend Library. The event, which is hosted by the Deschutes Public Library Foundation, is free and open to all. Strobel said guests can expect the annual trivia quiz and camaraderie with other book lovers as well as light appetizers and no-host beer and wine.

“A Novel Idea” Program Coordinator, Liz Goodrich, says the success of the project comes from the thousands of Deschutes County residents who embrace the program and participate actively in its free cultural events and author visits every year. Planning for “A Novel Idea” 2017 is already underway says Goodrich. “Nearly two dozen cultural programs are planned to build and expand the themes of the book for deeper discussion and understanding,” she said.

Goodrich said the library also provides book club kits to local book groups throughout Deschutes County, free of charge. Book club representatives can call (541) 312-1032 or email to reserve a kit.

“A Novel Idea” officially kicks off Saturday, April 8, 2017 and culminates with the author’s visit to Central Oregon in early May. All programs, including the author’s presentation, are offered to the public free of charge thanks to the support of the Deschutes Public Library Foundation.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 541-312-1032.

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