The Tattooist of Auschwitz has been chosen as this year's 'Wilton Reads'.
At Thursday's Board of Education meeting. Elaine Tai-Lauria, Executive Director of Wilton Library and Fran Kompar, Director of Digital Learning at Wilton Public Schools announced a partnership between Wilton Schools and the library for Wilton Reads this year. They revealed that the 2019 community read will be Heather Morris's The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
'The shared reading of one book is a conversation starter and a vehicle that drives deeper thinking and empathy for the author and their struggles' said Kompar. All High School students will be encouraged to read the book. At Middlebrook and Cider Mill other grade appropriate books covering the same content area will be selected. At Miller-Driscoll the focus will be on tolerance. All public schools in Connecticut have a course of study that includes genocide education and awareness and Wilton Reads will give students another way to connect with this important learning.
Programming is still being developed, but will include:
- Book displays at each schools Library Learning Commons (LLC's) of age appropriate, thematic books.
- Book discussions with parents and children - supported and lead by our Wilton Library Partners at our schools.
- A collaborative project between Wilton Library and WHS video production student that will involve recording the stories from survivors, their children or grandchildren.
- Booklists for parents to augment home discussions
A number of free copies of the book will be available for readers to collect at Wilton Library on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 10-11 a.m. and from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The author will be visiting Wilton on April 11th and will address an assembly of High School students during the daytime before holding an author talk at Wilton Library in the evening.