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The kick off event will also have electric vehicles on display Monday, Jan. 13

COURTESY PHOTO  - Volunteers from NCL Blue Heron Chapter help the library by distributing hundreds of free copies of the 2018 book paid for by the Friends of the Library. 
Pass through the Lake Oswego Public Library Jan. 13 and you might see a long line resembling the wait for a new restaurant or a performance by a hip new artist, when in actuality, it's for a free book.

The LO Reads book giveaway event is back bigger and better than ever — with more books and live music

The library will be handing out the LO Reads 2020 pick, "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore" during the 14th annual LO Reads Kick off and Book Giveaway Monday, Jan. 13, from 6:30-8 p.m. — though Coordinator of Programs and Volunteer Services Cyndi Glazer said she expects books to vanish as early as 7 p.m.

Just don't forget your library card.

"It's one of my most favorite nights at the library because the library is just packed with people. (It's) exciting, happy and noisy," Glazer said. "I laugh every year because the book giveaway starts at 6:30 p.m. but people start showing up around 4:30 p.m."

Glazer said people line up between the stacks on the second floor and a volunteer stands at the end with a sign that says: "End of the Line."

COURTESY PHOTO - The book in 2015 was 'All the Light we Cannot See' and took place during World War II. People could get dog tags made at the book giveaway.In the past, Glazer said that Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library helped get about 800 copies but this year they were able to corral 1,000 copies to hand out during the giveaway event.

New this year will be live jazz music performed by Devin Phillips & Friends starting at 5:30 p.m., and Forth Mobility will provide a display of electric vehicles. There will also be hot chocolate and coffee served from Starbucks and snacks that relate to the book. In this case, the snacks will be M&Ms and granola bars because that's what Glazer said the author ate when she was interviewing people all over the country.

COURTESY PHOTO - Volunteer Manami Kiriakedis holds the "End of the Line" sign."The climate change issue, a lot of people are talking about it so there's lots for us to learn and this book will provoke discussions," said Glazer, adding that sustainability is so important and she hopes that by reading the 2020 LO Reads book, it will make people start planning for the future if they haven't already.

Glazer said she is looking forward to this year's book giveaway event because she retires Jan. 14, one day after the event.

"It just seems perfect for me because the book giveaway has always been my most favorite event of the year," she said. "People are happy. What better thing to do in the library than to have all these people show up … to talk about a book that they're all going to read and discuss? … It brings so many people in the library."


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