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Ridgewood Library Foundation Organizes 'One Village One Book'

The selection for the community to read together this summer chronicles the journey of a group of young rowers who end up in the 1936 Olympics. Photo Credit: Viking Books YouTube screenshot
Here's a video trailer for "The Boys in the Boat."
Here's a video trailer for "The Boys in the Boat." Video Credit: Viking Books YouTube

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- "What if everyone in Ridgewood read the same book?" members of the Ridgewood Public Library Foundation ask. "What conversations could we spark?" The foundation is inviting the community to read "The Boys in the Boat" and connect through the shared reading experience.

Daniel James Brown's novel recounts the tale of the U.S. rowing team at the 1936 Olympics. It "explores the importance teamwork, grit, generosity of spirit, sacrifice and Nazism's effect on the Summer Olympics of 1936," organizers note.

One reviewer on Amazon put it this way:

I have never rowed. I have never read a rowing book that I can remember. If all stories about rowing were written like Daniel Brown's fabulous multi-level biography, I would read every one of them. This is a wonderful account, told with such detail and precision that I sometimes felt as if I were in this tale. Mr. Brown totally sucked me into his adventure.

The book is available in paperback through the foundation's website -- here -- in both full-text and abridged versions, for younger folks. A $12 donation to the foundation will secure you a copy of either version. A $100 donation gets you a copy and the foundation will donate seven more in your name to "fellow readers in community organizations and classrooms."

You can also borrow a copy from the Ridgewood library or buy a copy at bookstores -- including Bookends, in Ridgewood.

Later in the summer, and into September, there will be a book discussion group, speakers, activities, contests and events. Check back with the event calendar for the program, for events throughout the summer.

Current sponsors of the program include JNT Technical Services, the Ridgewood Public Library Foundation, UBS Financial Services, the Ridgewood Crew, the Ridgewood Public Library, the Ridgewood Public Schools, YMCA of Bergen County, the Ridgewood Library Trustees, the Office of the Superintendent for Ridgewood Schools and the Office of the Village Manager.

More sponsors are welcome: find more information and donate here.

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