January 25, 2010
Pass the Book
Hopefully many of our regular blog readers are familiar with the Saratoga Reads! Pass the Book Program. For those of you who have not heard about it: Pass the Book is a program funded by Saratoga Reads through community grants. We purchase approximately 25 copies of the current year’s book selection, label them, and circulate the book copies in the community, with the hope that after a reader has read the book, they “pass” it to a friend, family member, coworker… anyone who might enjoy the book. Our goal is to reach more potential readers, generate discussion of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society in forums outside of Saratoga Reads! events, and reach some readers who may not be familiar with Saratoga Reads!
An interesting tie-in to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society:
Juliet first hears from Dawsey because he finds her name written in a book, Selected Essays of Elia, by Charles Lamb. Dawsey enjoys the book so much that he writes to Juliet – and his letter initiates much of the storyline of the book. Dawsey and Juliet’s story shows how people can forge strong bonds over shared reading experiences. Hopefully, the Pass the Book! Program will initiate discussion among the passers in the same way.
For more information regarding the Pass the Book! Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to answer any questions you might have. While all the books for this year have been distributed, I maintain a list of potential readers (in case a current reader can’t find someone to “pass” to) – please let me know if you’re interested!!