While many committees and organizations are working to unite the community around history in 2012, as Milton celebrates its 350th Anniversary, another group is seeking unity through literature.
The Milton Reads Committee, which consists of current and outgoing library trustees and a member of the Friends of the as well as local librarians and another Milton resident, are organizing a town-wide read in the fall of 2012.
The Committee is hoping to organize a program where many residents are all reading the same book at the same time. Then, discussions and other events will be held to further the community connection.
“We want to do something together as a town,” said Library Trustee and Milton Reads Committee member Mary Riffe Hiss.
The initiative would offer a powerful, shared experience for the community, according to Riffe Hiss. She added that it would also provide another way to tie the people of Milton to the library.
The first step in organizing a town-wide read is the build an interest. The Committee is currently soliciting information from existing Milton book groups.
Book discussion clubs in town are asked to email the Committee at MiltonReads2012@gmail.com with the following information: the name of the book group, its members (first and last name), a contact number and email address. Book groups are asked to contact the Committee by June 1.
Riffe Hiss explained that the initiative is in its infancy. The exact book, the timeframe and details about the discussions are all being worked out. The Milton Reads Committee is currently reaching out to local towns, who have successful town-wide reads annually.
The plans are expected to expand with the help of Milton book groups, who already have experience reading and discussing literature.
“This is one of many announcements to come,” Riffe Hiss said about the call out to local book clubs.
The Milton Reads Committee is currently meeting biweekly to discuss the 2012 Milton Reads Initiative.