Tonawanda News

May 3, 2013

Coalition to launch summer book club

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The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The Clean Air Coalition is set to kick off a summer book club Saturday at the Brighton Library in the Town of Tonawanda. 

The program, Tonawanda Reads!, is aimed at increasing civic unity through reading, a press release from the organization states. 

“Book clubs bind communities together because they engage communities,” Brighton Library Director Cassie Rydzewsk said. “Brighton Library is excited to be a part of this initiative. Tonawanda Reads! mirrors our mission statement of providing educational and cultural opportunities that enhance the lives of our members.”

The coalition will be hosting discussions on “Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in and Age of Environmental Crisis” by Sandra Steingraber, an Ithaca author, cancer survivor and ecologist who specializes in the environment’s effects on health. 

“Tonawanda Reads! is a new opportunity for residents who want to learn more about improving the health of their families,” Rebecca Newberry, of the Clean Air Coalition said. “Steingraber tackles challenges like cancer and asthma in a way that does not feel overwhelming. I am really looking forward to the discussion.”

The book club is free and open to the public. The meetings will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Brighton Place Library on May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15 and June 29.

The meeting Saturday will center on the first two chapters of the book, but those who have not read or purchased the book yet are welcome to come to the meeting and get caught up. 

Participants who RSVP at will receive 20 percent off of “Raising Elijah” at both Talking Leaves Books locations, as well, and discussion questions available on the coalition’s blog. 

Tonawanda Reads! is sponsored by The Brighton Place Library, the Literacy Empowerment Action Plan of Western New York, The Breast Cancer Network and Talking Leaves Books.