Thank you, Belmont!

Perrotta and audience Q&AThis year, more than 500 adults, teens, and children attended a total of 11 events related to One Book One Belmont. The Library would like to thank the many individuals, organizations, and businesses throughout town who worked together to make the fourth One Book One Belmont a success.

First, the Library would like to thank all 18 members of the Planning Committee – representatives of Town commissions and departments (including the Library) – who began meeting a year ago to select the book and plan related activities. We hope you will click on the “About” link in the red menu bar above to see their names.

We are also grateful to our co-sponsors, who organized and supported an exciting roster of events. In particular, the Belmont Gallery of Art exhibited “Anatomy of Melancholy,” a one-woman show by artist Lee Strasburger, and Belmont World Film presented the film “Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream,” followed by a live show by the comedian himself. In addition, the Council on Aging hosted our final program, a talk by author Tom Perrotta, in the Beech Street auditorium; Porter Square Books provided books for sale at this event; and the Belmont Media Center videotaped the event for broadcast on Cable TV. The Belmont Citizen-Herald published the eye-catching READ posters photographed and designed by Adine Storer, in addition to running ads for One Book One Belmont. Our other co-sponsors – Belmont Against Racism, Belmont Historical Society, Belmont Library Foundation, Belmont Public Schools, and the Human Rights Commission – also provided invaluable support.

Leah Hager CohenOne Book One Belmont would be impossible without the generous funding of The Friends of the Library, whose members also served tirelessly on the Planning Committee and donated their time at several events. In-kind and other contributions were provided by Belmont Dental Group, Belmont Printing Company, and the Belmont Studio Cinema, with Delicious-All Natural Snacks, Goodies Homemade, the Trapelo Road Dunkin’ Donuts, and Quebrada Baking Co. baking delicious refreshments for Tom Perrotta’s talk.

We send our thanks to all the speakers who presented programs or participated on panels. Topics ranged from book clubs in Belmont, to literature about the suburbs, to writing for young adults. Kudos also go to Roger Brown, Richard Curzi, and the Apocalypso Players, who developed an entirely new concert program based on The Leftovers and even wrote a song about one of the characters in the book.

A final thanks to all the individuals who provided support in so many different ways – the Board of Library Trustees and the staff of the Belmont Public Library for their ongoing, daily efforts; the “celebrities” who agreed to be photographed for the READ posters; and everyone who joined in a panel discussion, attended a program, read the book, and talked about it with friends and neighbors. We are deeply grateful for your participation.

 

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