Reading to be celebrated in March

GENEVA — Author visits and book discussions are part of the events planned for the fourth-annual Community Reads Month.

Helen Thorpe, who wrote Just Like Us: the True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America, kicked off the month’s celebration of reading with a March 4 presentation on her nonfiction book about how immigration status affects four teenagers’ paths to college, organizers said in a press release.

The Community Reads program also will include participation by area students. Children in the primary grades will read The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi about the life of a Korean student in America. Elementary-grade students will read My Name Is María Isabel by Alma Flor Ada about a Puerto Rican student trying to retain her cultural pride. And middle-school students will read Cynthia DeFelice’s novel Under the Same Sky about a teenager who witnesses fellow migrant workers’ struggles with immigration officials.

For more information on the program schedule for Community Reads Month, visit

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