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Thanks all around on Lake Oswego Reads

This past month the Lake Oswego Public Library has brought our community together as many Lake Oswegans read the same book, 'The Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. This program, called Lake Oswego Reads, has been a tremendous success thanks to amazing support of the community with great turnout at events. Just as it takes many titles to make a library, it takes many individuals to really make a community. It also takes a community of perspectives to fully experience any one book.

For over a year, a steering committee of community leaders met with Lake Oswego Library staff to select the book and to plan the program.

The library would like to thank members of the steering committee for their time and effort on this very successful program: Colleen Bennett, Andrew Edwards, Michael Kaplan, Ricky Korach, J. Brian Monihan, Paul Graham, Brenda Suteu, Jerry Wheeler and Gabrielle Williams.

The 28 days of February were packed with 26 events to promote discussion of the book and to give residents a taste of the atmosphere that is portrayed in the novel. Because the book takes place in Barcelona, residents were immersed in Spanish culture with the music, dance, food and travel, thanks to local businesses and organizations.

The Lake Oswego Library can't thank everyone enough for their participation in making the program a great success!

A lot of positive feedback has inspired the Library and the volunteer committee to make next year's Lake Oswego Reads program even better.

We would like to solicit suggestions from the community for next year's book for Lake Oswego Reads 2008, following the criteria below. Suggestions can be sent to Cyndie Glazer at the Lake Oswego Library at 706 Fourth St., e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phoned to 503-675-2538. The deadline is April 2. Watch for information about Lake Oswego Reads on the library's Web site, www.lakeoswegolibrary.org.

We would also like to thank our sponsors. This program would not have happened without the financial support of West Coast Bank, The Friends of the Lake Oswego Library, the Lake Oswego Review, Lake Oswego Rotary and Fred and Shirley Baldwin.

Here's a selection of book criteria for Lake Oswego Reads:

n A book for high school age and older that would appeal to a wide range of readers, including new readers to present book group members.

n A book that will strengthen civic pride, foster discussion among residents and bring the community together through the common bond of reading.

n A book that would offer opportunities for additional citywide special events.

n A book that would be affordable and in paperback and audio formats.

Cyndie Glazer of the Lake Oswego Public Library is manager of Lake Oswego Reads.