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by: Matt Sherman, From left, organizers Cyndie Glazer, Kiera Taylor, Todd Feinman, Bill Baars and Jane Carr pose in the Lake Oswego Public Library with copies of “The Shadow of the Wind,” the inaugural selection for the Lake Oswego Reads program.

The city of Lake Oswego will immerse itself in Spanish culture during the month of February. That is when the Lake Oswego Public Library's Lake Oswego Reads program will get into full swing.

In an attempt to celebrate the power of reading, staffers at the library and other institutions around town are hoping that Lake Oswego residents will pick up Carlos Ruiz Zafon's acclaimed novel 'The Shadow of the Wind' and read it together as a city.

Then, throughout February, dozens of events will be held throughout the city to promote discussion of the issues brought up in the book and to give residents a taste of the atmosphere that is portrayed in the novel.

'It's very exciting. We wanted this to be something that the entire city of Lake Oswego could get involved in and it's happening,' said Cyndie Glazer of the Lake Oswego Public Library.

This is the first time that Lake Oswego has ever implemented an event like this. Everything begins on Jan. 9 when complimentary copies of 'The Shadow of the Wind' will be handed out at the library from 6:30 to 9 p.m. During this time, Mariano Deobegoso and son will perform Spanish music and food from Spain will be available. All one needs to receive a copy of the book is a library card.

Graham's Stationery will also be selling copies of the book at a discounted price.

In February, events linked to the book will take place virtually every night.

On Thursdays, book discussions will be held at area Starbucks Coffee shops and on Saturdays, Graham's Stationery will host Sangria Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. while local markets, including Wizer's, Wild Oats and Palisades will host a Taste of Spain in the afternoons.

Book discussions will also be held at the library and the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center throughout the month as well. And, on Feb. 25, the Millennium Concert Band will play a concert of Spanish classical music at the Lakeridge auditorium.

'We wanted to be sure to point out that people who don't have time to read or listen to the book are still invited to participate in all of the events around town,' Glazer said.

Also exciting is the role that this novel will play in the local high schools. In February, English classes at the school will read the novel and the Advanced Spanish class will read it in its original langauge. Art classes at the schools will also be doing related projects.

Ruiz's book takes place in Barcelona in 1945 right after World War II. Eleven-year-old Daniel sets out to discover why virtually every one of his favorite author's works has been destroyed, which leads to 'an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love' according to Penguin Books.

Last January, the library approached a number of community leaders about this event and a list of 12 possible books compiled by the librarians was narrowed down to three.

Committee members then read the three novels and eventually decided on 'The Shadow of the Wind.'

So far, the library has received nothing but positive feedback from community members who have already read the book.

'People have really enjoyed it so far and our library staff has really come together and done an incredible job on this project,' Glazer said.

The Lake Oswego Reads event will culminate on Feb. 28 with a closing event at the Lake Oswego High School auditorium. Here, individuals with three passport stamps, which can be received at the local events, will be eligible to win a gift basket from Moonstruck Chocolate.

'It's just a great event for the community and we especially want to thank West Coast Bank for being the presenting sponsor and making this happen,' Glazer said.