Temple University Libraries Spring Events Season Kicks Off-One Book, One Philadelphia

January 24, 2008 1:00 pm Paley Library Lecture Hall Temple Book Club One Book, One Philadelphia Dave Egger’s What is the What (2006) The Book Club hosts a discussion of Eggers’ What is the What, in conjunction with the One Book, One Philadelphia program. This program promotes reading, literacy, and libraries. This year’s selection tells the true story of Valentino Achak Deng, who witnessed atrocities of civil warfare in Sudan as a child. What is the What was a 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Since its original release, proceeds from book sales have funded projects for a school, library, and athletic field in Marial Bai, Deng’s hometown in Sudan. One Book, One Philadelphia is a joint project of the Mayor’s office and the Free Library of Philadelphia. The mission of the program, which is entering its sixth year, is to promote reading, literacy, library usage, and community-building throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. The 2008 program will run from January 8 – March 20, 2008. Temple University Libraries is just one of hundreds of community partners that have contributed resources and developed programs to facilitate the success of One Book, One Philadelphia. For more information on this program please visit: www.library.phila.gov/libserv/obop.htm Please join Temple University Libraries for an engaging discussion on this important work.

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