Small Great Things:  A Community Reading Beyond the Cover

Imagine if every Bethany adult and teen read the same book.  The opportunities to connect with your neighbor would increase tremendously.  Even more so, everyone would have the chance to use the shared experience to grow together.  With the financial assistance of the CT Humanities, the Bethany Community School, the Bethany Lions Club, The Friends of the Bethany Library, Heart of Bethany, and other local partners, we are able to invite all Bethany adults and teens to read and discuss Jodi Picoult’s bestselling novel Small Great Things.  Set in New Haven and involving three distinctive characters, this legal thriller delves into the contemporary issues of prejudice and justice.

Throughout the fall, we are offering programs for all ages and facilitated discussions of the book’s themes.

Kick-off of the community reading is Tues, Sept 11.  Pick up a copy of the book at the library or from one of our partners.  We will be serving refreshments all day and having hourly raffle drawings with the book checkout your raffle ticket.   Pick up a schedule of our Small Great Things:  A Community Reading Beyond the Cover at the library or around town.The town-wide book discussion is Thursday, Oct 11 from 6 to 8 pm and includes a pizza supper.  The supper and discussion will take place at the Bethany Community School, 44 Peck Rd.  Community Mediation Inc will facilitate the discussion. Babysitting will be provided.

Below is a listing of scheduled programs.  Unless specified, all programs take place at the Clark Memorial Library.  Participants must register for all programs at (203) 393-2103.

  • Sept 11 All Day. Kickoff!  Get the book at the library and automatically you are entered into our hourly raffle!

  • Oct 11    6-8 p.m. Townwide potluck and book discussion at Bethany Community School.

  • Oct 16    6:30 p.m. Rooting For Tarzan:  The socialization of Whites and Blacks in America

  • Oct 20    10:30 a.m. Stowe Salon:  Justice in Connecticut

  • Nov 17    2 p.m. Road to Justice-a Role Playing Game for teens.