Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lititz Loves Reading Week...

Aaron’s Books Announces “Lititz Loves Reading Week”
October 20-26 in Partnership with Lititz Public Library

LITITZ, PA. Aaron’s Books, Lancaster County’s independent bookstore, is teaming up with the Lititz Public Library to sponsor the first “Lititz Loves Reading” week, October 20-26. The events include author appearances and library fundraisers, and it will culminate in a “read-a-thon” where book lovers gather all night to read and share their favorite books.

The first event of the week is a discussion at Aaron’s Books of the One Book One Community (www.oboc.org) selection, The Grace That Keeps This World by Tom Bailey, on Tuesday October 21 at 6:30pm.

Aaron’s Books will host local author Jill Althouse-Wood (Warwick, ‘87) on Thursday October 23 at 7pm. She will discuss her love of reading and her perspective on the writing process. Copies of her debut novel Summers at Blue Lake will be available for sale and signing.

On Saturday October 25 at 2pm, Mr. Bailey will speak and sign books at the Lititz Public Library. Aaron’s Books is selling copies of his book at the event with proceeds being donated to the library.

Throughout the week, visitors to Aaron’s Books can support the mission of Lititz Public Library in two ways. First, for any customer presenting a Lititz library card while shopping at Aaron’s Books, 10% of the purchase price will be donated to the library. Second, the library is supplying Aaron’s Books with a “wish list” of most wanted books, and supporters can buy a book for the library through Aaron’s Books at 25 percent below retail price.

The weeklong celebration of books and reading culminates in an all-night Read-a-Thon beginning on Saturday, October 25 at 5:00pm and ending at 9:00 Sunday morning. Customers are welcome to start their reading anytime during the day on Saturday and stay for a night of activities, or join the celebration throughout the evening.

A showing of the new documentary Paperback Dreams begins at 6:30pm. Paperback Dreams follows the struggles and triumphs of two landmark independent bookstores over the course of two tumultuous years in the book business. Paperback Dreams celebrates what these stores offer our local communities and mourns the cultural loss that comes when a good bookstore closes its doors. At 9pm, Aaron’s Books hosts its first “open mike” poetry slam. This evening is a celebration of the joy of books and a chance to read through the night with fellow book lovers. There will also be games and prize drawings, as well as pizza, snacks and lots of coffee and tea.

“Lititz Loves Reading” week is inspired by a national program, Great Expectations 2008 (http://riverrunevents.googlepages.com/home), where locally owned independent bookstores promote reading and raise funds for local charities. The week is spurred by the report released by the National Endowment for the Arts “Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America” which found that the percentage of adult Americans reading literature has dropped dramatically over the past 20 years and that less than half of the adult American population now reads literature.

All the events at Aaron’s Books are free and open to the public, no reservations are necessary. For further updates, event listings and information or contact Todd or Sam at Aaron’s Books at 627-1990, sales@aaronsbookcorner.com, through the website at www.aaronsbookcorner.com.

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