The Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with Cornell University's New Student Reading Project, has announced the selection of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five as the 2015 Community Read.
Published in 1969, Slaughterhouse-Five is recognized as Vonnegut's most popular book, blending science-fiction with historical facts, notably Vonnegut's own experience as a prisoner of war in Germany during the Allied firebombing of Dresden in early 1945. Topics for discussion inspired by the book include destruction of war, passage of time, mortality and free will.
Copies of the Cornell edition of Slaughterhouse-Five will be available in the Library on Wednesday, July 1 for patrons to check out. Additional copies are also available from the community libraries in Caroline and Danby, from the rural libraries in Dryden, Groton, Lansing, Newfield and Trumansburg, and can be borrowed through the Finger Lakes Library System.
Now in its 14th year, the Community Read encourages community members to experience the bond of literature by reading and discussing the same title.
Check out the books Ithaca's been reading each year since 2002 for the Community Read in our archive.
Book groups or area agencies interested in obtaining copies for their groups can contact the Library. For more information about the Community Read, or to receive copies for a book group, please contact Teresa Vadakin at 272-4557 ext. 272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Community Read programs are free and open to the public.
The 2015 Community Read is made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University.