Pima library holding 'Parable of the Sower' book groups
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Pima library holding 'Parable of the Sower' book groups

Pima County Public Library's One Book, One Community program is holding a series of public discussions about Octavia Butler's award-winning "Parable of the Sower" beginning this weekend.

The library's Kindred Team, which supports and celebrates the black community, distributed free copies of the book in December. The book is also available to check out, in limited quantities.

There are two events that will be dedicated to discussing the entire book:

  • Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Saturday, February 23, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Oro Valley Public Library, Tuesday, February 26, 6-7:30 p.m.

"Because our goal is to get readers involved regardless of whether or not they've finished the book, we've also got a number of events broken up by chapters," library spokeswoman Holly Schaffer said. Those events are:

Discuss Chapters 1-12

  • Quincie Douglas Library, Sunday, Feb. 3, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Sahuarita Library, Saturday, Feb. 9, 10:30am-noon
  • Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 3-5 p.m. (for teens)
  • Martha Cooper Library, Thursday, Feb. 14, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Mission Library, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Miller-Golf Links Library, Thursday, Feb. 21, 6-7:30 p.m.

Discuss Chapters 13-25

  • Quincie Douglas Library, Sunday, March 3, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Sahuarita Library, Saturday, March 9, 10:30am-noon
  • Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Wednesday, March 13, 3-5 p.m. (for teens)
  • Martha Cooper Library, Thursday, March 14, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Mission Library, Tuesday, March 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Miller-Golf Links Library, Wednesday, March 20, 6-7:30 p.m.

The library's Kindred Team, which supports and celebrates the black community, distributed free copies of the book in December. The book is also available to check out, in limited quantities.

Tenecia Philips, who chairs the Kindred Team, said, "'Parable of the Sower' is the perfect book. It's timely and thought-provoking. Octavia Butler contributed so much to literature and science fiction. We're excited to have conversations not only about the book, but also about this esteemed author of color. It's pretty amazing – it feels like we have a part in the legacy she left behind."

The One Book, One Community program was made possible by the Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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