ROSWELL READS - A Community-Wide Reading Event

2015 Roswell Reads Book Selection … Your Input Wanted

Roswell Reads is a program that encourages Roswell residents to share the experience of reading and discussing a common book. For the 2015 Roswell Reads program, we are soliciting book suggestions from the community. If you would like to recommend a book you think others would enjoy reading and discussing and that meets the guidelines below, please submit it for consideration by May 31, 2014.


The book should:
• have a connection to the Southeast either through the author or the setting
• have a broad range of interest for people in the community
• be interesting and suitable for a range of ages
• be well-written with compelling issues, characters and themes that encourage discussion
• be in print, readily available, in paperback, available electronically and affordable

The Roswell Reads Steering Committee will review all book suggestions that meet the guidelines as part of its selection process. The 2015 Roswell Reads book selection will be announced in January 2015 at the first Roswell City Council meeting.

Submit your suggestion via our online survey by clicking the following link: 2015 Roswell Reads Book Selection - Online Survey. You may also view the suggestion form here: 2015 Roswell Reads Book Selection Form. If you prefer, you may print out a copy, fill it in and bring it to the Roswell Library.


Have you ever wondered what it takes to put together a community-wide reading program? It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and hours of volunteer time. If you'd like to be a part of the Roswell Reads organizing and planning community, please read the requirements below. If you can fulfill these requirements, we want to hear from you.

Our Steering Committee consists of 15 people plus we need additional volunteers to serve on the subcommittees. Serving on the Steering Committee involves a commitment of time and energy. Please keep this in mind. Attendance is required at these meetings.

We are currently filling volunteer postions in all areas. If you would like to work on a subcommittee or be a regular volunteer, know that volunteers do not attend all of the meetings but work with the Steering Committee member in charge of the various subcommittees necessary to plan Roswell Reads (planning the author event, tickets and seating, program planning, publicity, etc.).


Committee members should reside in North Fulton to bring community feedback to the committee. The membership requirements for the Steering Committee are listed below.

Each member should have the ability to:
• Read numerous books to bring ideas to the committee for community reads, and to help review books under consideration
• Contribute time and expertise to planning Roswell Reads, including time to attend regular meetings at the Library
• Lead or serve on one of the Roswell Reads sub-committees
• Work well with a team of people, listen to new ideas, consider other people’s perspectives and give constructive input
• Meet deadlines for areas of responsibility
• Be present at the Roswell Reads Literary Luncheon to provide hands-on assistance
• Attend as many Roswell Reads events as possible
• Join the Friends of Roswell Library
• Serve as a community ambassador for Roswell Reads, by promoting Roswell Reads events to friends, neighbors, organizations, houses of worship, book clubs, and community contacts.

If you would like to fill out an application, please click one of the following links.

WORD FILE - To download the application as a WORD file, click here. Once you complete it, please email it as an attachment to Cheryl Small, Manager, Roswell Library or Louise Conti.

.PDF - Roswell Reads Volunteer Application PDF. This file cannot be edited. Please print a copy, complete the application and drop it off at the Roswell Library, Attn. Cheryl Small, Manager.

Thank you for your support of and interest in Roswell Reads.


Imagine hundreds of Roswell residents sharing the experience of reading and discussing a common book and you have the essence of Roswell Reads. It is based on the "One Book...One City" community reading programs held across the country.

Roswell Reads, nine years strong, brings a variety of literature and accompanying programs to the community. Programs, usually held in January, February and March, may include book discussions, panel discussions, a photo contest, writing workshops, and other programs relevant to the themes in the book. The highlight is a Literary Luncheon with the author of the current Roswell Reads selection.

Funding for the 2014 Roswell Reads program was provided by the City of Roswell under the guidance of the Roswell Arts Commission.

Additional support was provided by:
The City of Roswell
Friends of the Roswell Library
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and the Roswell Library
Roswell Junior Woman’s Club


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Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
2014 Program Brochure

Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall
2013 Program Brochure

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
2012 Program Brochure

My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
2011 Program Brochure

Outcasts United: A Refugee Soccer Team, an American Town by Warren St. John
2010 Program Brochure

Them by Nathan McCall
2009 Program Brochure

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
2008 Program Brochure

The Valley of Light by Terry Kay
Winner of the 2007 City of Roswell Cultural Arts Board's CABY Award
2007 Program Brochure

Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
2006 Programs


Roswell Reads ... a City Reading is the shared experience that Roswell residents have when they come together as a community to read and discuss a common book. This community building event involves people in reading and talking about issues and ideas presented in a book they have all read.

The book chosen should have strong characters and present themes that address the human condition. Authors from the Southeast are strongly considered. The book should appeal to adults and teens alike as well as people of various cultures and ethnic backgrounds who live in Roswell. If possible, we choose a complementary book for children so that a younger audience can also be involved.


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