Header and Logo image: Original Painting of the Connecticut Riverbend by Patrick Shugrue, used by permission.

Original Painting of the Connecticut Riverbend by Patrick Shugrue, used by permission.One Book on the Riverbend began as One Book, One Middletown in 2003, established by the Middletown Rotary Club as a community literacy project.  Rotarian Pat Tucker initiated One Book, One Middletown and ably led and grew the project from 2003-2015.  In 2016 the name of the project was changed to One Book on the Riverbend, to reflect the growing number of community partners involved in the project, including libraries in the towns of Cromwell and Portland.

The goal of One Book on the Riverbend is simple…to get our communities to read the same book at the same time and then encourage them to talk about it.  By doing so, we hope that more people (especially more young people) will grow to enjoy reading.

For more information on past One Book selections, visit the One Book page on the Middletown Rotary Club website.

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Thank you to all!

The 2016 One Book season ended on Saturday, May 21 with National Readathon Day at the Middlesex County Historical Society in Middletown. Thank you to everyone who participated in our events in Cromwell, Portland and Middletown!

The One Book on the Riverbend committee is currently considering suggestions for the 2017 One Book. If you would like to nominate a book for consideration, please let us know.

Have a good summer, everyone!

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One Book selection for 2016

To_Kill_a_Mockingbird

The One Book on the Riverbend selection for 2016 is To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.  This classic novel of childhood, racial injustice, and tolerance was published in 1960 and set in 1930s Alabama.  Many of us read the book in high school, but it loses none of its freshness and relevance on re-reading it today.

 

Book cover image: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.
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