Recreational reading is often neglected as the eyes grow weary with television
viewing or surfing the Internet. In an effort to break this cycle, UTC
has become the proud co-sponsor of a new reading program initiated by
the City of Chattanooga called "A Tale for One City." Everyone
is invited to participate.
One book will be chosen as this year's selection, and everyone in Chattanooga
will be encouraged to read the book, then meet in groups throughout the
community and talk about it. The program is a way of promoting literacy,
and it brings people in the community together to find common threads
that they share.
"I encourage everyone in the UTC family to participate now in the
selection of the book, and again when the choice is announced. It is the
kind of event that demonstrates the Universitys commitment to literacy,
to education, and to building a better community," according to Dr.
John Friedl , UTC Provost.
Other cities throughout the country have engaged in this type of community-building
project with considerable success, Friedl added.
A preliminary screening committee was formed to select five books, from
which the final selection will be chosen by public vote. The five books
- All Over but the Shoutin', by Rick Bragg
- Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, by Ernest Gaines
- Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg
- Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom
- Walking Across Egypt, by Clyde Edgerton
Please visit http://www.lib.chattanooga.gov/ataleforonecity.htm
to view the selections and cost of these books, and then send an e-mail
to cast your ballot between now and November 20. Thank you for your participation!