The 2019 Community Reads program explores the power of books to teach and inspire.
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends. Carver can't stop blaming himself for the accident. He is asked to spend a "goodbye day" with his friend's family to share memories and say a proper farewell. As the other families ask for their own goodbye day with Carver, will it mean making peace with their losses, or bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown-- and possibly prison?
Jeff will be visiting Wyoming, Godwin, Kelloggsville and Grandville high schools on April 25 and April 26.
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine - Junior companion novel
Possessing an absolute view of the world that categorizes everything as good or bad, Caitlin, an 11-year-old with Asperger's syndrome, relies on her older brother to explain in-between things until his death forces her to cope with confusing feelings and develop greater self-reliance.
Kathryn will be visiting Wyoming Junior High and Grandville and Kentwood middle schools on April 29 and April 30.
Adult Book Discussion
Join us for a friendly discussion of Goodbye Days by Jeff Zenter.
Author Talk and Book Signing: Jeff Zentner
Hear Jeff Zentner, the author of Goodbye Days. Jeff lives in Nashville, Tenn., and has received numerous awards for his writing. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. Jeff became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. Book sale and signing will follow.
Wyoming Branch: Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 pm
KDaLe Book Club at Osgood Brewing
A books and brews special edition! Hear about our two featured titles and others like them.
Osgood Brewing, 4051 Chicago Drive in Grandville: Thursday, March 21 at 7 pm
Book Signing: Kathryn Erskine
Meet Kathryn Erskine, author of Mockingbird. Kathryn's books will be available for purchase and she will be signing her books.
Grandville Branch: Monday, April 29 at 6:30 pm
Grandville and Wyoming preschoolers
Grandville and Wyoming preschoolers will read I’m Sad by Ian Michael Black. Their accompanying art projects will be displayed at the Grandville and Wyoming branches starting April 1.
Preschool art can also be viewed at the Grandville Branch for the city’s annual Art Walk event on Friday, April 26, from 5 pm to 9 pm.