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 free month-long series of LRT events for adults, children, and teens. LRT aims to boost community engagement with literature through reading and discussion.
The community-chosen novel for the 11th annual LRT is the aviation-themed, Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith. Events are through the end of February 2017. All events are free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Livermore Public Library. Visit the Friends' Crowdrise page to donate to specific library programs such as LRT. Read about the the LRT program in the Friends Winter 2017 Newsletter.
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
All Ida Mae Jones wants to do is fly. Her daddy was a pilot, and years after his death she feels closest to him when she's in the air. But as a young black woman in 1940s Louisiana, she knows the sky is off limits to her, until America enters World War II, and the Army forms the WASP--Women Airforce Service Pilots. Ida has a chance to fulfill her dream if she's willing to use her light skin to pass as a white girl. She wants to fly more than anything, but Ida soon learns that denying one's self and family is a heavy burden, and ultimately it's not what you do but who you are that's most important.
Flygirl was the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist. This good read includes thought-provoking scenes and high-flying action. This is the first time the library has selected a young adult novel for Livermore Reads Together, but this extraordinary book appeals to readers of all ages.
About the author: Sherri L. Smith is the award-winning author of young adult novels Lucy the Giant, Sparrow, Hot Sour Salty Sweet, Flygirl and Orleans. Her books have been listed as Amelia Bloomer, American Library Association (ALA) Best Books for Young People, and Junior Library Guild Selections. Smith was a 2014 National Book Awards judge in the Young People’s Literature category. She is a three-time writer-in-resident at Hedgebrook retreat in Washington State, as well as a resident at Wassard Elea retreat in Ascea, Italy.