Lodi's First Community-Wide Read

Lodi Public Library Announces Its First Community-Wide Read

The new event includes a free book and access to an expert panel discussion later in the summer

LODI -- On Thursday, May 20th, Lodi Public Library makes its first community-wide read available to the public. Residents and library-users who stop into the library will get a free copy of Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger, a 2016 nonfiction title that explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty and the eternal human quest for meaning. It also investigates how we might improve our assimilation of soldiers who are returning from duty.

The free books come with a bookmark and insert promoting the expert panel discussion at 1:00 pm on Saturday, July 10th in Habermann Park. The panel includes Chad S.A. Gibbs, an academic and veteran; Lindsey Hoff, a therapist who has treated veterans; Jill Swenson, a teacher and book developer; and Nam Kim, an anthropology academic at UW-Madison.

"I'm excited that it's finally all coming together," said Library Director Alex Le Clair. "The book is thought-provoking and the panel discussion should be a lot of fun. It's a great way to share ideas, so I hope the community enjoys the book and event."

The library also plans to serve free refreshments before the expert panel and to create time for those who attend the events to share their thoughts after the panel discussion has finished. There will also be an in-library discussion of the book on June 28th.

The event has been made possible because of financial support from the Friends of the Lodi Public Library, and because of grant wins from the Wisconsin Humanities Council ($2,000), the Lodi Methodist Church ($2,000), and the American Library Association ($1,500).

If you are interested in getting involved or taking part in the conversation, please contact Alex Le Clair at aleclair@lodipubliclibrary.org or visit www.lodipubliclibrary.org for more information.