Alameda County Reads Book Announcement

What if all of Alameda County read the same book? What could we learn from one another?

Alameda County Reads is a county-wide literary event that asks our residents to read and discuss the same book together. Our selection for 2021 is Eat Joy, edited by Natalie Eve GarrettEat Joy is a collection of intimate essays by many diverse and celebrated authors who share how comfort food flavored challenging moments in their lives.

Join us for the Alameda County Reads kick off on January 11! Natalie Eve Garrett and our County Librarian Cindy Chadwick will open our program with a video you can stream anytime. On January 11, you will also be able to sign up for an online library discussion group or form your own discussion group in your community. All discussion group participants will get a free copy of the book, while supplies last. Plus, you’ll hear about the many other special programs, like a Spice Challenge, storytimes, a discussion with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, and much more. The finale event featuring two authors from the book will be held at the end of March.

We hope you'll join us for this first county-wide community read! Alameda County Reads celebrates our communities, our connections, and ourselves by encouraging a thoughtful exchange of ideas through the joy of reading together.

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