"The pleasure of reading is doubled...

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... when one lives with another who shares the same books." ~ Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand author and literary contemporary of D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf.

Mansfield's belief that reading books is a pleasure that intensifies when shared with others is finding resonance in contemporary Wisconsin through the efforts of several community librarians and UW-Madison Chancellor Carolyn Martin.

A February 5, 2009, Ozaukee Press article relates how Linda Pierschalla, Director of the Oscar Grady Library in Saukville, along with Annie Bahringer, Director of Adult Services at the Port Washington Library, worked together to develop the "One Book, One Community" reading initiative in the hopes of giving area students and adults from all walks of life the encouragement to read and discuss important issues raised by a single book. Learn why Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood was their book of choice to inaugurate this "One Book, One Community" reading program and about the variety of community-wide activities and discussions planned to celebrate this year's local reading initiative.

Chancellor Carolyn "Biddy" Martin recently invited students, faculty, staff and the community to also take part in a common book project. On February 26, she posted the following message online:

"I am pleased to announce that the university is launching a common book project that will be known as "Go Big Read." Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community are invited to participate by reading a selected book and taking part in campus discussions and community events this fall."

"The purpose of the project is to introduce new students to the intellectual life of the campus; to build intellectual community among all our students, staff and faculty; to generate exchange between members of the campus and the larger Madison and alumni communities; to emphasize the importance of reading; and to give us a shared point of reference for at least some of our interactions with one another.

To learn more about this community reading initiative or to suggest a title for the 2009 book selection (no later than March 6) visit "Go Big Read".

For details on other "One Book" reading promotion projects or for "How To" information for organizing your own community-wide reading program, visit the Library of Congress' "The Center for the Book" web site.

The average copyright year for health and medicine titles in school libraries is 1995—a student using these resources would not learn about mad cow disease outbreak in Britain (1996) or about the cloning of Dolly the sheep (1997).

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