When she was a teenager, Steamboat resident Michelle Krasilinec looked forward to getting her library card more than her driver’s license.
So it was natural that on Friday morning, she couldn’t wait to embark on a community scavenger hunt in the name of literature.
One Book Steamboat, a community reading group sponsored by Bud Werner Memorial Library, launched Friday with a hunt for 10 copies of this year’s title, “The Glass Castle,” by Jeannette Walls.
After mulling over the clue, “Flow from the heart,” Krasilinec made a quick detour to the Old Town Hot Springs on her way to work where she found one of the 10 books.
“I can’t wait to read it,” she said. “I’ve heard it’s such a good book.”
And she hopes the rest of the town will be flipping though the memoir right alongside her during the six-week program.
“This is something for the community — something to tie us all together,” Krasilinec said about One Book Steamboat.
The program is in its second year at the library. It aims to promote community-wide understanding and appreciation for a certain book, which this year is the critically acclaimed 2005 memoir by journalist Walls.
After giving the community a few weeks to dive head first into the book, the library, in partnership with Strings Music Festival, will be bringing the American Place Theatre to town for a Literature to Life workshop Nov. 1 followed by a stage rendition of the story Nov. 2.
Library Adult Programs Coordinator Jennie Lay said the book tells the story of a unique American life with broad appeal.
“I think that most of us will not share the life experiences she had, but where this comes in as an engaging community read is that there’s a lot of important social issues that it really touches on, from substance abuse to homelessness,” she said.
The library has extra copies of the book on hand during the event.
The program launched last year with a community read and several events centered on “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which Lay said was a great success.
Last year’s programming involved community discussions, a documentary screening and a discussion with the filmmaker, Mary Murphy, who had interviewed several famous personalities about their memories of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
This year, Lay said the library wanted to continue to keep the program at a high level by partnering with Strings to bring the literary-focused American Place Theatre to Steamboat.
“The idea for a community read is that you’re reading good literature with good community conversation that’s thought-provoking and maybe a little uncomfortable,” Lay said. “Some of the discussions last year were really powerful, and ‘The Glass Castle’ has the content for that.”
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