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Community Reading Program Unites Three Eastchester Libraries

This is the first book in the Eastchester "One Book, One Community" reading program.
This is the first book in the Eastchester "One Book, One Community" reading program. Photo Credit: Contributed

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – In an effort to unite book lovers in every Eastchester communities, the three public libraries have come together to form the “One Book, One Community” reading program.

In honor of the town’s 350th anniversary celebration, the reading program will focus on novels that revolve around common local legacies. The first book, “97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement,” is the story of how local mothers provided food for their families in an unknown land.

According to Linda Doherty, the co-chair of Eastchester’s 350th anniversary celebration committee, said that the book “explores how five different immigrant groups brought food passion to New York and managed the challenges of producing meals in cold-water flats.”

Copies of the books are available for interested parties in each of the three libraries. Tracy Wright, the library director in Eastchester, added that there are limited digital copies available on the Kobo and Kindle. It can also be reserved online through the Westchester Library System for cardholders.

Tuckahoe Library Director Swadesh Pachnanda said that “One Book, One Community,” is designed for participation from all residents, regardless of age.

“The project’s goals are to involve residents from middle school to senior residents,” she said. “It’s for those who love cooking and those who simply love eating.”

Jane Ziegelman, the author of the book, will be in town in January for a lecture with participants in the reading program. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, she will discuss her book and answer questions with all members of the community at the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts at Concordia College in Bronxville.

“With this book as a touchstone, there are many possibilities for community engagement,” Bronxville Library Director Gabriella Radujko added. “This includes discussion groups, ethnic eating experiences, recipe sharing and trips to 97 Orchard Street, home of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.”

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