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December 24, 2008 > InfoBrain: One Community, One Book

InfoBrain: One Community, One Book

The City of Union City, The Friends of Union City Library, The Alameda County Library, and the New Haven Unified School District are planning a One Community One Book Reading Program starting in January 2009. Readers of all ages will be encouraged to read the book Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

In the face of overwhelming adversity and poverty, children who live in the remote mountains of Pakistan and Afghanistan simply dream of going to school. Read how Greg Mortenson is devoting his life to building schools for children to make this dream come true. This story is a true life adventure of a living hero. NBC newscaster Tom Brokaw calls Mortenson "one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, who is really changing the world." As of 2007, Mortenson has established over 61 schools in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan which are providing education to over 25,000 children, including 14,000 girls, where few educational opportunities existed before.

A children's version of the book, appropriate for children in grades 4 - 7, will be released in January by Penguin Press. This new version, along with the regular adult level book, audio book on CD, and large print version, will be available for checkout at all branches of Alameda County Library.

Students and teachers of New Haven Unified School District will be reading and discussing the book during the second semester of the school year. The New Haven Unified Adult School and the Alameda County Library Adult Literacy Classes will also be participating in the One Community One Book Program. Community book discussions will be hosted in January at Paddy's Coffee House ( 3900 Smith St. Old Alvarado, Union City and at the Union City Library, 34007 Alvarado-Niles Blvd., in February. Check the online events calendar for Alameda County Library ( for dates and times.

While reading the book, New Haven students will be participating in the Pennies for Peace program to support the work of Greg Mortenson through the nonprofit Central Asia Institute (

Students, parents, elders and everyone who has read the book may have a chance to see the author in person when he visits the Tri-City area in March, 2009. His visit is being sponsored by the American Association of University Women in Fremont. Read the Union City Library blog at to find out more about the author visit as it gets closer. The One Community One Book program, where everyone in the community reads the same book at the same time, is a wonderful way for the whole community to join together in celebration of literacy and community during the golden anniversary of the City of Union City in 2009. For more information about the One Community One Book - Three Cups of Tea program email Union City Library manager, Mira Geroy at

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