Arts, Central New York, Community, Education

A Challenge at a Local Library Highlights the Importance of Connecting

Liverpool Public Library is offering something new this year instead of your typical book discussions. (c) 2018 Alexandria Bennett

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By Alexandria Bennett, LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (NCC News) — As part of The Great American Read Series, the Art and Writing Challenge kicks off this week at the Liverpool Public Library.

The Great American Read is an eight-part television and online series that is designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved and shaped people all across the nation. The series features a list of 100 diverse books to choose from.

The Art and Writing Challenge within the series explores five key themes. Liverpool Public Library challenges teens and adults to read a book from the list and then respond to one of the themes through art and/or writing. A couple of themes include “Who Am I”, “Heroes” and “What We Do For Love”.

Deanna McGregor, the Library Assistant at Liverpool said she is hopeful many people will enter the challenge.

“It gives them an opportunity to respond to books they’re reading in a different way,” McGregor said. “A lot of time we have book discussions. This is a way you can express yourself in art or express yourself in writing.”

One of the goals for this challenge is to share personal connections to the titles of the books. McGregor said the focus is to engage in literacy to show how books connect everyone.

“We want them to see this an an opportunity,” McGregor said. “It’s an opportunity to engage with community members.”

In addition to the challenge, people are encouraged to vote for their favorite book on the list. Voting closes October 18th.

The challenge kicked off on August 1st and is set to run through October 13th.

To view rules of the challenge: Click here