Monday, September 25, 2023

Reading initiative promoting inclusivity, connectivity kicks off

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Annually, New Hanover County kicks off a summer-reading initiative centered around a theme to promote connectivity and inclusivity.

This year the central theme is around music.

A joint effort from New Hanover County Public Library, Office of Diversity and Equity, and Friends of the Library, “Read Across the County” features four titles specified to various age groups. It highlights music as “a tool to bring people of different backgrounds and abilities together,” according to a release from the county.

“Music is truly something everyone can relate to, and these books do an amazing job of telling that story. It’s a message we feel can reverberate for readers of all ages,” chief diversity and equity officer Linda Thompson said.

Books include:

  • Adult read: “The Violin Conspiracy,” by southeastern North Carolina author Brendan Slocumb
  • Young adult: “You, Me, and Our Heartstrings,” Melissa See
  • Middle grade: “A Duet for Home,” by Karina Yan Glaser
  • Young children: “Listen,” by Shannon Stocker

There are events also taking place June through August, to coincide with each selected title. It includes a class with the Brooklyn Arts Music Academy teaching the fundamentals of violin playing, a violin concert with Adam Crane, and American Sign Language (ASL) story time with Daisy Wooten and members of the Wilmington Symphony. A full calendar can be found here.

The summer-long program will conclude Aug. 26, with a visit from Slocumb for a discussion about his work and underlying themes. It will take place at Northeast Library (1241 Military Cutoff Road), 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., with registration opening in July.

All titles are available for check-out through the New Hanover County Public Library; additional copies are being distributed throughout the county with help from community partners. 

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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