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Community-wide reading program explores opiate addiction



The Pickaway County District Public Library, Berger Health Foundation and the Pickaway Addiction Action Coalition invite the public to take part in a community-wide reading program called One Book, One Community.

The book selected is “Dreamland” by Sam Quinones, which discusses America’s opiate epidemic.

The goal of One Book, One Community is to bring people together through reading and discussion of a common book. This is the second year for this type of program in Pickaway County.

The “One Book, One Community” program will run from January through April of 2017. The community is encouraged to read the book from January through February. Copies of the book are available for checkout through the Pickaway County Library system, including the Younkin Branch in Ashville and the Bookmobile. Berger Health Foundation donated 50 copies of the title.

The community kickoff program will be Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. with a panel discussion entitled, “When Drug Addiction Knocks on Your Door.” This event will be at the Pickaway County Library, 1160 N. Court St., Circleville.

Additional programs include:

Sat, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. – Community Book Discussion led by Tonja Spiller-Dumm

Wed, March 22 at 7 p.m. – Community Book Discussion led by Joyce Tatro-Manes

Wed, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. – Fighting The Drug Epidemic Together – local law enforcement

Wed, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. – Drug Treatment Options

The capstone of the community-wide programming will be April 27 when the author will speak at 7 p.m. at Circleville High School Auditorium, 380 Clark Drive, Circleville.

All programs are free and open to the public. A full calendar of events can be found online at bergerfoundation.org or on Facebook at One Book, One Community – Pickaway County.

In 2016, the Pickaway County One Book, One Community discussed “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In The End” by Atul Gawande, MD. More than 250 people attended programs to discuss palliative care and what it means to families.

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal