Library Selects “Thunder Dog” for First Fauquier Community Read Event

Fauquier County Public Library Selects “Thunder Dog” by Michael Hingson, New York Times Best-Selling Author, for Fauquier Community Read

“Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero” by Michael Hingson has been selected for 2018 Fauquier Community Read.

“Thunder Dog” is the inspiring story of Michael Hingson, blind since birth, who escaped with his guide dog Roselle from the World Trade Center when the tragic events of 9/11 occurred.

Fauquier Community Read is Fauquier County’s first venture into Community Read events. Community Read programs encourage everyone in a community to read and discuss the same book and have been successful in libraries across the country for years.

“The library is excited to host the county’s first Community Read, said Maria Del Rosso, Director, Fauquier County Public Library.  “’Thunder Dog’ is a compelling story about bravery and diversity.  The selection committee made up of library staff and community volunteers feel confident the book will appeal to readers of all ages.”

Hundreds of copies of “Thunder Dog” are available from the Fauquier County Public Library, including print, e-Book and e-Audio formats.  Book Club Kits for use by reading groups are also available for checkout.  Additionally, copies of “Thunder Dog” have been placed at various locations throughout the county. In the spirit of a community read, individuals are encouraged to pick up a copy of the book, read it and then pass it along to another reader so that they too can participate in Fauquier Community Read.

Readers can meet the author at “An Evening with Michael Hingson,” 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at the Rice Theater in Warrenton.  Hingson will discuss “Thunder Dog,” answer questions and sign copies of his book. The program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is suggested. To register call 540-422-8532 or go to www.fauquierlibrary.org.

Additional programs that address themes raised in “Thunder Dog” have been planned for March and April, including book club discussions and programs for teens and younger children. A complete list of Fauquier Community Read events can be found in the Program Guide, available at all library locations, or at https://fauquierlibrary.org/fauquier-community-read/.

Fauquier Community Read is made possible in part by a gift from The Mountain Fund of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation and these partners: Friends of the Fauquier Library, Discovery Publications, Fauquier County Public Schools, FauquierNow.com, Hampton Inn Warrenton, Lord Fairfax Community College, Piedmont Media—Fauquier Times, Piedmont Press & Graphics, Remington Lions Club, and Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine.

The Fauquier County Public Library welcomes over 22,000 visitors each month. Locations are: Warrenton central library, 11 Winchester St.; Bealeton branch library, 10877 Willow Drive North; and John Marshall branch library, 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information about library events or locations.

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