The Groveland City Council, Marion Baysinger Memorial Library and the Groveland Historical Society has proclaimed July as "Our Book Our Community" and are encouraging residents to read Images of America: Groveland, a pictorial history of the city.
The 128-page book, written by Doris Bloodsworth, was released in June and chosen as the reading selection for "Our Book Our Community" program, which promotes literacy and a connected community. The idea of city-wide reading originated with Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl in 1998 when she challenged residents to read Russell Banks' novel The Sweet Hereafter. The concept has since spread to other parts of the country.
The library will host a brown-bag lunch discussion led by Bloodsworth from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays during July at the library, 756 W. Broad St. Bring your own bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.
The museum will show recorded sessions of the discussions during its regular Saturday hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The museum also will sponsor an online discussion forum at grovelandhistory.org/discuss.html.
Bloodsworth, spokeswoman and past president of the Groveland Historical Museum, will have several book signings throughout the month.
For a schedule of brown-bag lunches, book signing or to purchase the book visit grovelandhistory.org.