concept of one community all reading the same book was begun in
Seattle in 1996. Their original purpose was to develop a community
of readers with a shared sense of importance for reading, writing,
and expressing ideas. Chicago quickly followed suit, and now lots
of communities, both big and small are all "reading the same
book" in the hopes of sparking water cooler discussion, a sense
of community, a sense of belonging, and a renewed pride not only
their library, but their community.
will be the inaugural year of Mount Vernon Reads.
book selected this year, "At Home in Mitford" is a popular
title at APL, and resonates with so many of the community values in
place in Mount Vernon - a small town with a big heart; a deep sense
of faith, family and friends; quirky tales and interesting characters.
We hope it will spark discussion, unite the community, and warm your
have lots of paperback copies available for checkout, as well as audio
editions and Large Print editions. Books will be located at the front
of the adult fiction collection and will check out for the normal
loan period of 28 days.
of the book will be planned throughout the year, as well as programming
relating to Mount Vernon Reads.
a copy of our calendar, or consult the programming
page to stay up to to date on Mount Vernon Reads events!
"At Home in Mitford" by Jan Karon
role does Barnabas play in Father Tim's life? What other characters
seem to invade Father Tim's already busy life, only later to prove
enriching elements? Are there any that are a permanent drag on his
spirits? How does Father Tim come to terms with them?
appears on the scene untamed and uninvited. What is it that finally
makes Father Tim and Dooley aware that they need each other? How
does Dooley contribute to Father Tim's life? Have you had "Dooleys"
in your own life?
two of your group members to read the dialogue between Dooley and
Puny in the middle of Chapter Seven - the scene where they first
meet. How does the dialect differ in your part of the country? Try
reading a brief part of a Dooley speech in the dialect of your own
characters did you dislike at first, only to later come to appreciate
or at least understand them? What characters in the book react that
way to someone new?
Miss Sadie and Miss Rose. They are very different characters, but
both make a powerful contribution to the books. What makes them
such vivid characters? What would Mitford be like without them?
What unique contributions do they make?
seldom have people they can confide in. Who are Father Tim's confidants?
What secrets does he entrust to them? What role does prayer play
in giving Father Tim a chance to truly vent his feelings?
takes care of its own," says Mayor Cunningham. How does this
happen in the book? Is this limited only to small towns? What other
types of communities can it take place in?
do you think of Karon's writing style or "narrative voice"?
Do you like having the story told in third person, rather than first
person? What are your favorite, or least favorite, aspects of Karon's
you'd like to host your own book discussion or would like us to come
facilitate a discussion for your organization or group, please call
Marissa Priddis at 838-3286 to arrange a discussion.