Saline Library Participates as 'Washtenaw Reads' Yaa Gyasi's 'Homegoing'

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 02/03/2018 - 02:46
Sandy Webster loads books into the Little Free Library at Risdon Park. The Saline District Library will have copies of Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi, in the Little Free Libraries around town.

The Saline District Library has joined area public libraries for the 2018 Washtenaw Reads program.

The Read is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Participating libraries, along with Saline, include Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northfield Township, and Ypsilanti.

This year's title is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.  The novel follows the parallel paths of two half sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast of Ghana to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem.

Books chosen for the Reads meet the following criteria: writing is engaging and thought-provoking, its treatment of issues encourages readers to discuss issues further with others, and ideally, the subject leads to constructive dialogues across our diverse communities.  Participating libraries make multiple copies of the book available and plan programs and book discussions about it. 

The Saline District Library will hold its Book Discussion of Homegoing on Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00 pm. The public is invited for a lively discussion and refreshments.  On February 6 at 7:00 pm, the 2018 University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture will feature “Homegoing: A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi” at Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor.  To learn more:

The Saline District Library has been an active supporter of the Little Free Libraries  in Saline.  With 10 extra copies of the book for distribution, the Library offered to supply a copy for the Little Free Libraries. 

“Sounds like a match to me!” notes SDL Director Mary Ellen Mulcrone.  The Little Free Libraries are located in three city parks, City Hall, the Rec Center, and at three schools. Enjoy the read - Compliments of the Saline District Library to share, and bring back when you’re done!


Marci Cameron
Marci Cameron serves on the City of Saline Arts & Culture Committee