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Common Read

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Celebrating The Written Word
A Common Read Questions And Answers

What is a Common Read?

A Common Read is when a large group of people read the same book at the same time and then have discussions about that book. The discussions can be in book clubs, classrooms, or gatherings in the library.

Is this the first time the Tangipahoa Parish Library is conducting a Common Read?

This is our second year conducting a Common Read. This is something we have wanted to sponsor for some time. Southeastern Louisiana University has Common Reads and they have been very successful.

What is this year’s Common Read book?

The book is The Radium Girls, by Kate Moore. The Radium Girls tells the horrifying true story of the young women who worked in radium dial factories in the 1920s and ’30s. Using radium dusted paint to create glow-in-the-dark numbers on watch faces, the “shining girls” became luminous themselves, their clothing and hair dusted with a deadly mist of the toxic poison. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights.

How can I get a copy of The Radium Girls?

The library has purchased a number of copies of the paperback edition. Many of these will be cataloged for our branches, and cataloged for totes that will be loaned out to book clubs, senior centers, classrooms at schools, etc. People may check the book out from one of our libraries, borrow a copy from the tote that will be loaned to the Hammond Regional Arts Center, or participate in a book club or other organization reading the novel.

Who else will be part of the Common Read?

Copies of the book will be given to community leaders for them to read and to encourage others to get the book and read. These community leaders include the Parish Council, Parish President, and civic organizations.

What is the object of the Common Read?

The object is three-fold:

  • 1. To encourage reading.
  • 2. To stimulate dialogue about the themes in this novel—workers’ rights, women, and industrial health reform.
  • 3. To foster a sense of community by bringing people together through literature.

What are the dates of the Common Read?

The library and the Hammond Regional Arts Center plan to begin Celebrating the Written Word with the Common Read on Monday, May 14. It will tie into the library’s Summer Reading Program for adults, which also begins in early May.

Can I start reading the book and be part of the Common Read after the May kickoff?

Of course. The Common Read will last through the summer and fall. There will be many opportunities to discuss the book during our Adult Summer Reading Program.

Is The Radium Girls author Kate Moore coming to Tangipahoa Parish?

Yes! On Friday, November 2, the Tangipahoa Parish Library will host author Kate Moore at its Ponchatoula Branch at 7 p.m. Ms. Moore will speak about the book, read, and autograph copies for those who attend. Then on Saturday, November 3, the Hammond Regional Arts Center will host Kate Moore at its Gallery on Thomas Street at 10 a.m. She will speak and sign copies of books brought by those who attend.



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