For more than 14 years, Long Islanders have been reading as a community through the Long Island Reads reading initiative. Thousands of readers check into the Long Island Reads website (www.longislandreads.wordpress.com) for their shotgun start each October for the annual pick announcement.
The Long Island Reads committee scours dozens of new and recent books to choose either an author or a book title that has a direct Long Island connection. The committee also takes into consideration whether the book is available in a wide variety of formats, including print, e-book, audio, braille, etc.
Readers then participate in library- and store-sponsored book talks, related crafting events and other activities related to the book and its various topics from October through April.
Here are the past Long Island Reads book selections:
2002 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2003 How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
2004 Snow in August by Pete Hamill
2005 Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
2006 Amagansett by Mark Mills
2007 The Color of Water by James McBride
2008 Aloft by Chang Rae Lee
2009 Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin
2010 The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
2011 Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
2012 The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
2013 Sutton by J. R. Moehringer
2014 The Manor by Mac Griswold
2015 The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
2016 Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
The Long Island Reads book talk on April 10 at Stony Brook University with author Jodi Picoult is sold out. Check out Long Island Weekly for Anton’s coverage of this year’s 2016 Long Island Reads pick (www.longislandweekly.com/long-island-reads-picks-picoults-leaving-time).
Also check out Farmingdale Public Library’s related event, making an elephant bracelet inspired by Picoult’s Leaving Time, on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. (516-249-9090; www.farmingdalelibrary.org); and Jericho Public Library’s book talk with Fran Cohen on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. (516-935-6790).
April is the culmination of the Long Island Reads’ annual events in concert with National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016. Stay tuned for the 2017 book pick which will be announced in October.