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We hear about random acts of kindness - we watch youtube videos with humanitarian efforts of heroism - we read books for inspiration and wisdom. The 2018 selection for One Book, One Burg: Louisburg Reads is a mix of all of those things - a bit of kindness, heroism, inspiration and wisdom all played out in Wonder by R.J. Palacio, with a companion picture book titled We're all Wonders, also penned by her.
Wonder is the first book in a trilogy, primarily about young August Pullman who was born with facial differences that have resulted in years of surgeries, ridicule and isolation culminating in the moment he enters a public school for the very first time. Moving from homeschool to a mainstream fifth grade classroom is intense for 10-year-old Auggie, his parents, his teachers and his fellow students. The
story is inspiring and heartwarming, encouraging readers of all ages to consider, maybe even reconsider, how and when to choose kind.
First, visit the library to pick up your complimentary copy of the book - please limit one per family so more people have the chance to participate. Then, throughout the month of October our goal is for each of you to do something you have never done before in an effort to be kind. You probably do things every day without even realizing it. What can you do today, with intent, to be kinder than necessary? What can you do tomorrow? We will give you ideas, inspiration and motivation through events, projects and social media outlets. We will have a board in front of the library the week of October 21-27 where you can share the things you do with the community. We will have a kindness jar inside the library that we need your help filling with a small token for every act of kindness you spread in the community. Also inside the library we will have a kindness basket to fill with and to take items, when needed. There will be drawings and events, and of course...
Let's talk about it - choosing kind, meeting Auggie, understanding each other. We have scheduled a handful of book clubs - each for a different kind of reader and a different age of reader - where we hope you'll discuss the themes of the book and bring friends. Feel free to read the book and share it with someone who you think could benefit from Palacio's narrative. One of our most popular 1B1B events is the intergenerational book discussion in the Louisburg High School library. Teens will read Wonder and will be ready to discuss it with adult members of the community over lunch on the last Thursday in October. Sign up so we can provide your meal!
More than anything, look for ways to #choosekindlouisburg.