Monday, March 16, 2009

The Return of "On the Same Page"

Walt Owens, director of the Wheeler Memorial Library, has announced the kickoff of the library's annual “On the Same Page” program. This year's award winning book is " Javatrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee" by Dean Cycon, who owns Dean's Beans, an all-organic, all-fair-trade, all-kosher coffee roaster right here in Orange, Massachusetts. If you can't go with Dean on all his adventures in social justice and good coffee - read the book! Nine chapters cover ten countries of coffee farmers' struggles with globalization, women's rights, environmental concerns, war and more, while you learn about coffee cultures and customs, politics, languages and dress in these exciting inter-weavings of travel, social change and responsible business practices.

The goal of the program is to have everyone in town read the same book, discuss relevant issues, and attend special events relating to the book selected. Information about On the Same Page is available at . After the reading of the book has been completed, a variety of programs will take place relating to Javatrekker. Library staff will provide information on how to obtain a copy of the book to read, and on upcoming events. Please get involved so that Orange can celebrate reading, libraries, and being together “On the Same Page.”

“On the Same Page” is supported by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. This program is also being supported by the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries.

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