Museum employee Karen Fitzgerald looks at a copy of "The Great Gatsby" while setting up a display inside Bud Werner Memorial Library. The F. Scott Fitzgerald book will be featured in a number of events this month as part of One Book Steamboat, which begins Saturday.

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Museum employee Karen Fitzgerald looks at a copy of "The Great Gatsby" while setting up a display inside Bud Werner Memorial Library. The F. Scott Fitzgerald book will be featured in a number of events this month as part of One Book Steamboat, which begins Saturday.

One Book Steamboat returns with community read of "The Great Gatsby"

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— Few things are as multigenerational as literature.

The settings and times are set, but the meaning is unique to each individual reader.

There are some works on which a high school student and a senior citizen can find common ground, start dialogue and discuss.

One Book Steamboat schedule

Sept. 21 to Oct. 10: Twenty Days of Roaring 20s trivia contest. Questions are at the front desk or on the library's Facebook page. Answer correctly and be entered to win a collector's edition copy of "The Great Gatsby."

6:30 p.m. Oct. 10: Film screening of the 2013 version of “The Great Gatsby.”

6:30 p.m. Oct. 16: Film screening of “Winter Dreams,” a 90-minute documentary about “The Great Gatsby” author F. Scott Fitzgerald.

6 p.m. Oct. 21: Community book club discussion about “The Great Gatsby” led by English teachers from Steamboat Springs High School.

6:30 p.m. Oct. 24: Film screening of the 1974 version of “The Great Gatsby.”

All events take place at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Find more information here.

The classic American novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald fits into this category. As one of the greatest American novels, the book deals with decadence at its finest. But it also deals with issues with which people young and old deal.

It details excess, idealism and the chasing and caution of the American dream.

Chances are, most people have read this year's One Book Steamboat community read: “The Great Gatsby.”

Bud Werner Memorial Library is asking the community to read the classic and join in a month of discussions, trivia contests and movie screenings.

“We’ve discovered some books that are not only incredible reads the first time but are great rereads,” said Jennie Lay, the library’s adult programs coordinator.

Each year, Lay said, library staff has tried to choose a work that has a universal and generational appeal.

Last year, the book was Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried.”

“From that, we had some mind-blowing conversations,” Lay said. “It was amazing the people that came out.”

Past One Book Steamboat reads also have included “The Glass Castle” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Lay said the library has extra copies of “The Great Gatsby” to check out, and the library's Spanish collection includes "El Gran Gatsby."

In addition to the community read, the library will host multiple special events related to the book.

Starting Saturday and running through Oct. 10, there will a Twenty Days of Roaring 20s trivia contest. Each day at the front desk and on the library’s Facebook page there will be a trivia question that will revolve around 1920s literature and culture questions from the era in which “The Great Gatsby” was set.

Those who answer the question correctly will be entered into a drawing. Starting Oct. 1, names will be drawn for 10 collector’s editions of “The Great Gatsby” complete with the original image on the cover.

On Oct. 10, the library will show the 2013 film “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and on Oct. 24, it will screen the 1974 edition starring Robert Redford. On Oct. 16, it also will show “Winter Dreams,” a 90-minute documentary about F. Scott Fitzgerald.

A community book club discussion on “The Great Gatsby” also will take place Oct. 21. The discussion will be led by English teachers from Steamboat Springs High School.

“The idea is to promote an exceptional piece of literature in our community through multiple generations,” Lay said.

For more information or a complete schedule, click here.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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