Our residents have always been passionate and engaged readers who love to discuss and share books. Our librarians lead a variety of book clubs and are always ready with recommendations of “what to read next.” These have been so well received that we decided it was time to do more!
In late 2019, we launched Greece Reads, an annual community-wide reading event and author visit series curated by our librarians. Our goal was to engage neighbors, strangers, and friends around one book for discussion and community building.
Each year, our librarians collaborate to select a book that we encourage the community to read and discuss together. Books are selected by our Greece Reads committee based on a variety of factors, such as discussion quality, readability, and theme.
Our readers enjoy digging deeper into these book selections by sharing thoughts with other readers, and particularly appreciate the opportunity to engage with the author. Each year, they – along with our librarian moderators – compile thoughtful and engaging questions and points of discussion to share during our author visit. Below, we share with you our previous book selections, as well as thoughts from our authors and fellow readers. As always, we are already hard at work on our next Greece Reads event, to bring you another great read!
We can’t wait to read with you!
Greece Reads Author Alumni
Angie Kim | Miracle Creek | 2021
“Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of the wonderful and provocative discussion for the all-community read of Miracle Creek. As I said during the event, I love all-community reads because I love the idea of people coming together and sharing the ideas and emotions behind one book at one time--truly melding together around the world created by a story and cast of characters. The Greece, New York, community is so lucky to have such amazing and caring librarians to put this annual event together, and I'm so grateful that they chose my debut novel for this wonderful program. I'm crossing my fingers that you'll invite me back for my second novel so that I can meet you all in person next time!” – Angie Kim
Zoje Stage | Baby Teeth | 2020
“I had the honor of being the first Greece Reads author with my novel Baby Teeth. While I'd looked forward to visiting Rochester, NY (where I'd lived for thirteen years) and seeing old friends and new, the pandemic changed our plans. We forged ahead via Zoom—just as Zoom was becoming a back-up plan for so many gatherings. This was my first virtual author event, and it was a wonderful experience. Truly, there is nothing better for an author than to be able to deeply discuss your work in a book club-type environment where everyone involved has read the material! Every reader brings a bit of their own experience to a book, which makes such discussions even more rewarding. Greece Public Library has remained supportive of me and my work, and I couldn't be more grateful. It feels amazing to have them as part of my ‘book family.’” – Zoje Stage
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What Our Readers are Saying
“Just wanted to let you ladies know how much I enjoyed the author visit with Angie Kim last night. I know there were months of preparation before the session and all your work is much appreciated!” – Alice
“Thanks to all of you for putting this together. It was so fun and such a cool experience.” – Meghan
“Thanks again for hosting such a wonderful event. I love the programs you put together at our library.” – Rhonda
“Thank you so much for organizing the talk tonight with Angie. That was truly the most enjoyable Zoom meeting I've had in an entire year!” – Claire
“It was a terrific discussion. Thanks to the Friends of the Greece Library for sponsoring events like this.” – Kris
"I really enjoyed the unique opportunity to hear directly from the author. Thank you to the GPL team for having yet another great program!" – Jen
"It was a great evening. I’m so impressed with Angie. She was so prepared and so engaging!" – Melanie
Greece Reads Committee
Claire Talbot, Librarian
Kirstra Otto, Librarian
Cathy Henderson, Librarian
Stephanie Cervantes, Librarian
Cassie Guthrie, Library Director