April 7, 2011
Colorado State Library Partners With Metro Libraries And Channel 2 To Promote Reading And Libraries
The Colorado State Library and metro-area libraries are partnering with KWGN Denver Channel 2’s “Everyday” show to bring viewers and library patrons a new monthly book club. Beginning in April with “The Paris Wife,” a novel by Paula McClain, the book club will highlight a current title each month.
Eugene Hainer, assistant commissioner at the Colorado State Library, expressed appreciation for this partnership between the media and libraries. “This program sends an important and positive message about the value of reading and discussing books. Sharing insights and perspectives on a story can be an enlightening experience and we appreciate Channel 2’s willingness to spotlight good books and quality discussions about them.”
Book club segments will air on Mondays during the “Everyday” 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. broadcast, featuring introductions of each month’s book, segments on library services or programs, and book discussions with librarians from Douglas County Libraries, Denver Public Library, Arapahoe Library District, Jefferson County Public Library and the Colorado State Library.
“The Everyday Book Club lets us reach potential book lovers who don’t necessarily visit the library,” said Douglas County Libraries Program and Outreach Librarian Kerri Martin. “We do all the work for you, and you get a great book recommendation. Plus, it’s just fun to read and share stories.”
“Oprah made book clubs cool again in the 1990s,” said David Farnan, associate director of community services at Douglas County Libraries. “DCL and other metro libraries’ partnership with Channel 2 to promote an online book discussion is merely an outgrowth of the popularity of book clubs. We hope to draw attention to some really good books, engage people in a new way and highlight some of the incredible things libraries do, such as early literacy, summer reading programs, e-media, etc.”
The book selected for May is “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter,” by Tom Franklin. Books are available from any of the sponsoring libraries.