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Mark your calendar - the kickoff party for the second annual Lake Oswego Reads program is planned for Jan. 8, 2008, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Lake Oswego Public Library.

This year's selection is the true story 'Three Cups of Tea,' by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. During the kickoff event, 800 complimentary copies of the book will be distributed, courtesy of the Friends of the Lake Oswego Library. Attendees will be treated to Pakistani music and food, to get a sampling of the book's setting.

During the month of February 2008, local schools, businesses and organizations will offer special programs and festivities connected with 'Three Cups of Tea.'

In fact, both Mortenson and Relin will be speaking at the Lake Oswego High School Auditorium on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. This event is for high school- and college-age students and adults. Admission is free but tickets are required to attend, due to limited seating.

Tickets will be available at the library beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 12. There will be a two ticket per person limit. The tickets will be valid until 15 minutes before the event begins on Feb. 6. Organizers expect the event to draw a waiting list, and suggest ticket holders arrive early. Seating is first come, first served.

For an up-to-date listing of the latest event information for Lake Oswego Reads 2008, visit the Web site at and click on the Lake Oswego Reads box. The program is presented by the Lake Oswego Public Library and sponsored by West Coast Bank and the Friends of the Lake Oswego Library. The program is also made possible by a grant from the Oregon Council for the Humanities, a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OCH's grant program.

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