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PLDL Winter Reading Program Debuts Today

From the Portage Lake District Library:

The Portage Lake District Library is launching a new winter reading program, with a kick-off date of Monday, December 7.

The program will challenge junior level readers, teens, and adults to read 5 books or more over the next several months.

This year, the program’s theme is water resources and protection, and will feature free copies of water-related books for all participants while supplies last.

“In October, we hosted a virtual event with Great Michigan Read Author Dr. Mona-Hanna Attisha to discuss her bestselling book, What The Eyes Don’t See,” Said Library Director Dillon Geshel. “The book told the story of Dr. Mona’s team and their work uncovering the Flint water crisis. The program was well attended, and we’ve decided to feature her book and other related
titles on water protection during our Winter Reading Program.”

Participants will be challenged to make one of their five winter reads a water-related title selected by library staff. Free copies of the following books will be available for curbside pickup at the library and homebound delivery beginning December 7. When the library building is able to reopen, books will also be available for pickup inside.

● For adult readers: What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
● For young adult readers: Memory of Water by Emma Itäranta
● For junior level readers: Poisoned Water: How the Citizens of Flint, Michigan Fought for Their Lives and Warned the Nation by Candy J. Cooper.

Participants will also be challenged to participate in other activities, such as viewing Dr. Mona’s recorded author talk that was hosted by PLDL and other community partners in October.

Readers who finish the program will receive a limited edition, PLDL coffee mug to commemorate the 2021 Winter Reading Program.

The program is made possible thanks to a Library Services Technology Act grant from the Library of Michigan.

For more information, visit pldl.org/winter-reads. You can also contact the library by phone at 906-482-4570 or via email at info@pldl.org.

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