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UWFox To Play Key Role in Upcoming ‘Fox Cities Reads’

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley library is participating in the “2008 Fox Cities Reads community read program, along with the public community libraries in Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Little Chute, and the Appleton Area School District. Key to the Fox Cities Reads effort is the joint effort by all of the libraries to circulate for checkout hundreds of copies of “Blackbird House” and “Green Angel,” novels written by award-winning author Alice Hoffman. Fox Cities Reads 2008

UWFox is the only university participating in the “Fox Cities Reads” program. April Kain-Breese, library director at the Menasha campus said, “We have joined this program to emphasize the significance of reading as a lifelong, life-enriching activity, and to collaborate with libraries throughout the Fox Cities in creating enthusiasm for the world of books.”

The public and readers of Hoffman’s books are invited to discussion groups that have been scheduled on various days and in numerous locations throughout the Fox Cities. UWFox participants will read “Blackbird House.”

“The UWFox library has 20 copies of Blackbird House for any interested reader to check out,” Kain-Breese said. “Three discussion groups are forming now. The discussion groups will be facilitated by members of the campus’ English honor society, Sigma Delta Kappa and its advisor, Bill Gillard [assistant professor of English at UWFox].”

Two UWFox-related discussion groups are organized. One is scheduled to meet at Aspen Tea and Coffee (1110 Midway Road, Menasha) on four consecutive Monday afternoons, February 4, 11, 18, 25, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The other UWFox-related discussion group is scheduled to meet in room #1329 from noon to 1:00 p.m. on three consecutive Wednesdays, February 13, 20 and 27. This group is being led by Gillard.

Hoffman is scheduled to make presentations at the Appleton Public Library and the Neenah Public Library on April 17 and 18, which helps wrap up approximately three months of discussions about her two novels. Her visit coincides with National Library Week, April 13-19, and the first Fox Cities Book Festival, April 17-19.

While plans are being discussed to have other groups meet at the UWFox campus, perhaps from mid-February to mid-March, they are as yet not finalized. There is also a possibility that author Hoffman may make an appearance at the UWFox campus during her visit to the Fox Cities.

For more information about “Fox Cities Reads,” contact Kain-Breese at 920-832-2675, email april.kain-breese@uwc.edu, or visit UWFox Library Web site.

Posted 01/31/2008