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The Buena Vista Public Library invites you to celebrate a culture of community in our 1st annual month-long community reading event.

Everyone is invited to enjoy, discuss and get involved during the month of June.

The official Community Read kickoff event takes place Friday, May 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the library. We’ll have free food, life-size games, a photo booth, free copies of “Long Way Gone” and fun for the entire family.

Throughout the month of June the library will be hosting a Thursday book circle, guitar jams, author talks and a scavenger hunt (with awesome prizes). Please contact the library 719-395-8700 for details on times and locations.

What is the story about? At the age of 18, musician and songwriter Cooper O’Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish.

Five years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to the remote Colorado Mountains (Buena Vista), searching for answers about his father and his faith.

When Daley shows up on his street corner 20 years later, he wonders if it’s too late to tell her the truth about his past – and if he is ready to face it himself.

“Long Way Gone” takes us from tent revivals to the Ryman Auditorium to the tender relationship between a broken man and the father who never stopped calling him home.

The library is proud to announce An Evening with Charles Martin. Charles will present a discussion of his novel at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum on Saturday, June 29, at 7 p.m. Charles Martin is the New York Times’ and USA TODAY’s bestselling author of 13 novels, including “When Crickets Cry,” “The Dead Don’t Dance” and his most recent “Send Down the Rain”. Martin’s books have been translated into 17 languages, and his novel “The Mountain Between Us” was made into a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba.

On Saturday, June 15, at 1 p.m. the library is hosting Dr. Josh McMullen, author of “Under the Big Top: Big Tent Revivalism and American Culture, 1885-1925”. This special presentation by McMullen will focus on how the United States became the most consumer-driven and yet one of the most religious societies in the western world.

Contact the library for further details, and/or visit our website at www.buenavistalibrary.org

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