Community reading initiatives, which connect people to literature through reading and discussion, have exploded in popularity in recent years. Siouxland readers have several from which to choose.
Established in 2003, the All Iowa Reads program, one of the first projects of the Iowa Center for the Book, invites communities across the state to come together to read and talk about a single book in the same year. Libraries and book clubs are encouraged to host discussions. The One Book South Dakota and One Book One Nebraska initiatives are similar in scope and purpose. For Iowans, the 2014 selection is Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman.
Now in its 9th season, One Book One Siouxland continues to share ideas and build community through the experience of reading and discussing the same book and viewing a film adaptation of the story. This local endeavor launches its 2014 season in March with Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline. Sponsors for One Book One Siouxland include the Sioux City Public Library (Iowa), the South Sioux City Public Library (Nebraska) and the North Sioux City Community Library (South Dakota), along with The Institute for Lifelong Learning, Western Iowa Tech Community College, and Morningside College.
Plan to participate in these various initiatives: attend a public library discussion, consider the titles for your book group, or read them with your friends.