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There are plenty of avid readers in the county if the interest in the Shelby County Public Library’s One Book, One Community program kickoff is any indication.
Library Director Pam Federspiel said the public is very excited about the kickoff Monday of the library’s fifth annual program, which consists of a free book give-a-away.
This year features author Tori Murden McClure’s Pearl in the Storm, how I found my heart in the middle of the ocean.
Federspiel says she is very excited personally about McClure’s upcoming speaking engagement at the library, on April 18 from 6 to 7 p.m., because she and McClure share a special tie.
“She’s president of Spalding [University] right now, and I graduated from there with a degree in library science, so I’m really looking forward to meeting her,” she said.
McClure is a Florida native who is known for rowing a boat solo across the Atlantic Ocean and is one of two women who was the first to ski 750 miles to the South Pole.
McClure’s adventures – and her willingness to discuss them – is the basis for her popularity and being called upon for frequent speaking engagements, especially in Louisville, where she resides.
McClure has been president of Spalding for a year and was vice president before that for six years. She has also served on the school’s board of trustees.
Federspiel said that 250 paperback copies of McClure’s book would be available, Monday, furnished by the Friends of the Library.
Federspiel said she is proud of the program.
“This is our adult literacy program,” she said. “We do have other authors here throughout the year, but we just don’t provide their books.”
All of the authors spotlighted in the One Book program have been Kentucky authors, except for Robert Hicks, author of Widow of the South, which the library sponsored in 2011.
One Book One Community
WHAT:Giveaway of Pearl in the Storm, to promote adult literacy
WHERE:Shelby County Public Library