Livermore Reads Together (LRT) is the Livermore Public Library's annual community-wide reading program that occurs each February. The City of Livermore is encouraged to read the same book and participate in the month-long series of free LRT events for adults, children, and teens. LRT aims to boost community engagement with literature through reading and discussion. Each year the Livermore community is presented with five book titles for the following year’s Livermore Reads Together. The book with the most votes ( gathered via online poll) wins.
For the 12th annual Livermore Reads Together, the 2018 LRT selection features the New York Times bestseller and #1 international bestseller A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. The community of Livermore is invited to read A Long Way Home and join their neighbors by participating in events related to Indian and Australian culture, travel, Google Earth and more during the month of February 2018. Copies of books and event schedules will be available at all Livermore Public Library locations.
A Long Way Home synopsis: At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. He survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family. A Long Way Home is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. Brierley’s memoir became the basis for Lion, the major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara that was nominated for six Academy Awards.
From the end of January through February 2018, the library is hosting a series of events for youth and adults that explore the themes in A Long Way Home. All LRT events are free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support ofThe Friends of the Livermore Library. Read about LRT 2018 in the Friends of the Livermore Library Newsletter. The exciting events planned for LRT 2018 include the following (unless noted, events are held at the Civic Center Library and are free to the public):
Sunday, January 28, 2 pm: Livermore Reads Together Kick-Off Celebration. The dancers of the Kalaikoil Dance & Arts of India group will perform an enriching program for all ages featuring traditional Indian dance .
Thursday, February 1, 7 pm: Introduction to Google Earth. Google Earth is a computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery. Learn more about Google Earth with Chris Riley, FixateIO founder and member of The Switch in Livermore.