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Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison will be the next featured author as citywide program kicks off Jan. 28.

After a successful fall launch, the Canby Reads program is back for a wintertime run.

The citywide reading program was launched by the Friends of the Canby Public Library last year, in cooperation with the Canby Public Library and local businesses. Its aim was to offer a free copy of the 1978 Ivan Doig memoir "This House of Sky" to community members who wanted to connect with their neighbors by reading the same book at the same time.

It was quickly followed by a similar initiative aimed at Canby teens, featuring the book "Long Way Down" by African-American author Jason Reynolds.

Those two outreach efforts proved successful, prompting organizers to again reach out to enrich community life by reading and discussing one book at a time when more traditional cultural and educational programming is not possible due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

FILE PHOTO - 'The Bluest Eye' by Toni Morrison will be the next book featured in the citywide Canby Reads program, which begins Jan. 28."The Bluest Eye" by Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison is this winter's Canby Reads selection.

Over the course of the program — about four to five weeks — participating readers will be asked to respond to thought-provoking questions and send their responses to the library using words, pictures and sketches — if they wish. These will be printed and posted anonymously in the windows of the Canby Public Library to share with the community as part of a "visual conversation."

A limited number of free copies of the book will be available at the library starting Jan. 28 and can be picked up during curbside service hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Additional free copies will be available at local Canby merchants (the list of businesses is still being finalized).

Each book will include a discussion guide with questions for readers to respond to. The program will end March 1. A date for a Zoom discussion for those who want to participate will be announced later.

Canby Reads 2021 was created in partnership with the Canby Public Library and is jointly funded by the Friends of the Canby Public Library and Kiwanis Club of Canby.

For more information, contact Hanna Hofer, Canby Public Library 503-266-0653, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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