Jefferson County Community Read

by:  - The 2008 Community Read book.

   Jefferson County Community Read is encouraging local readers to pick up a copy of this years book "Three Cups of Tea" to start reading prior to the author's visit in May.
   The library has 13 copies of the book for check out, as well as three audio books on CD. Otherwise, books can be purchased at cost for $9 at the Jefferson County Library, Mail, Copies and More, or Art Adventure Gallery.
   The book by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, tells the true story of mountaineer Mortenson, a modern-day "Indiana Jones" and his quest to fulfill a promise to build a school for an impoverished village in Pakistan after villagers helped him in 1993.
   Along the way, he has encounters with the Taliban, is kidnapped by armed Wazir men, lives in his car to save money, and has many other adventures -- but never sways from his goal.
   Over the next decade, Mortenson builds not one, but 55 schools, and insists they educate girls as well as boys. Now, as the director of the Central Asia Institute, Mortenson spends several months each year in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
   Portland author David Oliver Relin is a contributing editor for Parade Magazine and has won over 40 national awards for his work as a writer and editor.
   His focus is on reporting about social issues and their effect on children in the U.S. and around the world.
   Their joint book "Three Cups of Tea: One man's mission to promote peace, one school at a time" has been on the New York Times bestseller list since its paperback version was published in 2007.
   The co-authors have both been in great demand since the book came out, and David Oliver Relin is the one who will be coming to Madras to speak on Friday, May 16, at the library's Rodriguez Annex. He will also speak to high school students that day.
   "He was scheduled a week earlier, but the date was changed at his request because he is going to Nepal and was afraid he might not get back in time," said Community Read Committee member Ruth Ann Hopps.
   The week before, Community Read will hold "A Taste of Pakistan" from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at Great Earth Natural Foods, 46 S.W. D St., Madras.
   People will be able to taste teas and sample foods of Pakistan, discuss "Three Cups of Tea," and visit with Madras resident Ghazala Jabeen, who comes from Pakistan.
   A DVD of a presentation Mortenson gave in Lake Oswego earlier this year will be available at the library after May 16. For more information about Community Read events, visit the library's Web site at
   "We've already gotten calls from people in Sisters and Bend wanting information -- and our event is not until May," Hopps remarked about the popularity of the book.
   She said they recently learned that Crook County Library, after seeing Relin was visiting Madras, decided to hold its first Community Read and feature the same book, and Relin has agreed to speak at the Crook County Library, 175 N.W. Meadow Lakes Drive, Prineville, at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 15.
   Jefferson County Community Read is sponsored by the Jefferson County Cultural Coalition, Adele Rodriguez, State Farm Insurance -- Jason Hertel, Great Earth Natural Foods, and the Jefferson County Library District.
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