Public Library Launches “Verona Reads” Initiative: Free Book Pickup is May 26 | Community


Verona Public Library staff are delighted to announce Verona Reads.

Verona Reads is a new community reading project where the whole community comes together to read and discuss the same book.

As part of the project, the library will offer free copies of two books, one for adults and teens and one for young readers, both by Native American authors.

Book distribution will take place on Thursday, May 26 from 5:30 p.m. Books will be available while supplies last.

Verona Reads will continue throughout June and July with a variety of book discussions and related programs, as well as a virtual visit from author Angeline Boulley in June.

Boulley is a registered member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She is the former director of the Office of Indian Education at the US Department of Education.

She now lives in southwestern Michigan.

Her debut novel, “Firekeeper’s Daughter,” became a New York Times number-one bestseller. The book was also nominated for the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature, the Printz Prize, the William C. Morris Award for Early Literature for Young Adults, and was a Book of Honor Literature Award for Young Adults. young Native Americans.

This will be Verona Reads’ first selection for adult and teenage readers.

“Firekeeper’s Daughter is an electrifying thriller comprised of a rich exploration of the modern Indigenous experience, a reckoning of current and historical injustices, and a powerful celebration of community,” Verona Public Library writes on its website. .

Brian Young’s “Healer Of The Water Monster” will be Verona Reads’ first selection for young readers.

“Brian Young’s powerful debut novel tells the story of a seemingly ordinary Navajo boy who must save the life of a water monster and realizes he is a hero at heart,” says the library.

“Healer of the Water Monster” is a winner of the Native American Children’s Literature Award for Best Middle Level Book. Author Brian Young is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He grew up on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. And currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

He will also participate in a virtual meeting of authors in June.

Verona Reads is sponsored by the Verona Public Library Endowment Fund and the Friends of the Verona Public Library.

Verona reads a free book

5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26

Pick up your free copy of “Firekeeper’s Daughter” and “Healer of the Water Monster.” Limited copies available. One copy per family.

Wisconsin Dells Singing and Dancing Troupe

6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday 2 June

Wisconsin Dells Singers & Dance Troupe and Elliott Funmaker Sr. of the Ho-Chunk and Meskwaki Nations will perform songs, stories and traditional dances of the Ho-Chunk people. Music CDs will be available for sale and signing.

people of the sacred language

6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 7

The Ho-Chunk, the people of the sacred tongue, have inhabited Wisconsin for centuries. They continue to exist and have overcome disease, genocide, kidnapping and colonization. Learn about the course and how they continue to stay resilient and strong. Storyteller and Ho-Chunk Tribe member Andi Cloud shares history, culture and stories.

Senior Center Book Group reads “Firekeeper’s Daughter”

10am-11am, Wednesday June 8

The Senior Center Book Group will meet to discuss Angeline Boulley’s “Firekeeper’s Daughter” in person at the Verona Senior Center. Copies of the book are available in regular and large print, as well as audiobook and e-book formats. Visit the service counter inside the library to pick up a copy. No registration required. Everyone is welcome!

Fire Keeper’s Daughter Book Discussions

6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday June 9 and Thursday June 16

People will meet and discuss “Firekeeper’s Daughter”. Copies of the book are available at the service counter for payment.

Meet the author: Brian Young (virtual)

6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 14

Author Brian Young will discuss his novel, “Healer of the Water Monster,” and share information about Diné culture, history, and belief system.

Meet the author: Angeline Boulley (virtual)

7-8:15 p.m., Thursday 23 June

Author, Angeline Boulley, will talk about her debut novel, “Firekeeper’s Daughter,” a groundbreaking thriller about an Indigenous teenager who must root out corruption in her community. This program will be presented via Zoom.

Discussions on the book “Healer of the water monster”

4-5 p.m., Thursday, June 30; 6-7 p.m., Tuesday July 5; 3-4 p.m., Monday July 11

Discuss the children’s community reading, “Healer of the Water Monster” by Brian Young, and enjoy book-related activities and snacks. 8-12 years old.

Discussion of the book “Firekeeper’s Daughter” for teenagers

7-8 p.m., Monday July 11

A special discussion on the book “Firekeeper’s Daughter” just for teenagers.


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