OSWEGO, New York – Local book clubs have joined forces with the newly formed Oswego Reads to help spread the word about the first community-wide reading initiative. Each week, a table with information about the community read and the Pennies for Peace project as well as the selected book, â€œThree Cups of Tea,â€ will be at the Oswego Farmersâ€™ Market, in front of the riverâ€™s end bookstore. Book club members will be on hand to help with questions about the book, which is available for three age levels – adult, young adult and children â€“ as well as the Pennies for Peace project.
Pennies for Peace is a program through Central Asia Institute (CAI), which was founded by Greg Mortenson. Mortenson, co-founder and executive director of CAI and co-author of Three Cups of Tea, will make an appearance in Oswego, October 28th.
Tickets to see Mortenson are slated to go on sale in mid-July and will be available through a link at www.oswegoreads.com.
When the tickets go on sale, visitors to the the Oswego Reads table will be able to take a chance to win a pair of tickets to hear Mortenson speak at the SUNY Oswego Campus Center. Three winners of a pair of tickets will be drawn at the kick-off event, August 31st, in the Community Room at the Oswego Public Library.
The community-wide event is sponsored by Pathfinder Bank and initiated by Oswego Reads, which was created with the goal to create a community-wide experience that can be enjoyed by all segments and all ages of the community by embracing the same book. As part of this initiative,Â community events and activities will be held to promote literacy, discovery, sharing and dialogue of the issues and themes presented in these books.
For more information, go to www.oswegoreads.com.