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Celebrating its third year, the Greenwood Village Cultural Arts Program has partnered with Arapahoe Libraries to present the “Village Read”. The idea encourages adults of all ages to read one book and participate in thought-provoking discussions and activities derived from the chosen book. The goals of the program are to encourage leisure reading, create community conversations and bring the community together through literature. This year the group has chosen the book “Rush” by Colorado author Jayme Mansfield. In “Rush”, Mary, a single mother, tries to strike her claim in the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893. In competition with desperate homesteaders, ruthless land seekers and a sheriff determined to see her fail, Mary thrusts her flag in the dirt to claim 160 acres of her own. But with that claim, she risks more than she ever could imagine. Mary is faced with a past riddled with loss, hardship and reminders that a woman isn’t capable of surviving on her own. Will Mary’s stubborn and independent spirit keep her mired in the past? Or will she find forgiveness and love in the wild plains of the Midwest?
This year’s program will begin with the Mayor’s Kick Off on August 1 at 6pm at Koelbel Libraries. Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowski will interview the author and give his insight into this year’s book. Other events include guest lectures, a painting workshop and a list of activities participants can do on their own time. All events are free and open to the public.
Books are available for purchase or check out at the Curtis Center for the Arts and Koelbel Library. All events will take place in August. Check the Greenwood Village website for a complete listing of events and activities.
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