Members of the "Tale for Three Counties" committee were presented with the Richmond Memorial Library's 2012 "Friend of the Year" award today at a public reception in the library's Gallery Room.
This award is given each year in recognition of a person or group that has gone above and beyond in support of the Richmond library. According to Paula Haven, Teen Services librarian and staff liaison to the Friends of the Library, "A Tale for Three Counties" met the criteria.
"This is their 10th anniversary," Haven said. "Not all library programs enjoy such longevity."
"A Tale for Three Counties" began when a group of public librarians from Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties got together and proposed an idea for an area-wide book discussion program. Over the years, they have garnered the support of such organizations as Genesee Community College, GoArt!, the Genesee Valley BOCES School Library System, Wal-Mart and Time Warner.
Each year, participants read and discuss books that meet the following guidelines (taken from the program's website):
It must be a work of fiction
It must appeal to both adult and teen readers
It must have literary merit as evidenced by professional reviews or awards
It must present the theme of rural family life or local history
It must have issues or topics to discuss
It must introduce a new or relatively unknown author to readers
Another perk of this program is that the authors come to the area to give talks every year (click to read an article on the Garth Stein visit in 2010).
Here are some quotes from authors who have visited Genesee County for this program:
"Call: My agent on the phone telling me that my book 'The Call' had been chosen as the one book for 'A Tale for Three Counties.'
"Action: Cheered and then gladly accepted.
"Result: Was greeted so warmly by all involved with the Tale I considered that the place was possibly enchanted and I had crossed over into a better world."
-Yannick Murphy, author of "The Call"
"I really had the sense, during the three days I participated in the Tale for Three Counties, that the program was reaching all sorts of people who otherwise would not be reading literature, opening their minds to its possibilities and encouraging future explorations of books while also uniting the community. It was a great honor to participate in such a worthy program."
- Hillary Jordan, author of "Mudbound"