HIGH POINT — Get ready to read the book fellow High Pointers may be talking about and acting on soon.
The 2021 Community Read event kicks off Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the High Point Public Library, where there will be free copies available of the book, “Trust First: A True Story About the Power of Giving People Second Chances,” by Bruce Deel.
Visitors claiming a book also can get information about upcoming activities and enter a drawing for a High Point Farmers Market gift basket, Library Director Mary Sizemore said. Readers also can take a kindness contest sheet for a chance to win one of five $50 gift cards at the end of August.
“This is a very compelling book,” Sizemore said. “It shows the power of trust in bringing about change — both on the person extending trust and the person receiving the trust. It also shows the impact of simple kindness and empathy.”
A lineup of local leaders will take part in a panel discussion about how radical trust can change a person and community at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, according to Patrick Harman, executive director of the Hayden-Harman Foundation.
The Community Read is a partnership between the Hayden-Harman Foundation, Resilience High Point and the High Point Public Library.
The book’s author plans to visit the High Point Museum on Saturday, Sept. 14, for a 7 p.m. discussion of how compassion and second chances have shaped his life’s work.
“We believe that the author’s message will resonate with the community,” Harman said. “There are a lot of folks in High Point who want to be engaged and see change, and they are not sure how. We think that the notion of ‘radical trust’ can excite and galvanize people to become engaged with their neighbors and begin having conversations about how to address issues confronting the city.”
The library has multiple copies of the book for customers to check out in print, e-book and e-audiobook formats. The library also created several kits that book clubs or other groups can check out, Sizemore said. Each kit contains 10 copies of the book and a discussion guide. The library staff will even help groups find a facilitator if they need one.
The related kindness contest, kindness chain and other activities will start on Saturday morning and will continue to be available in the library throughout the month of August. There are things appropriate for children and adults.
Sponsors hope that the author’s message will spur residents into action, Harman said.
“We want the Community Read to be a first step in a movement to create a city where compassion lives and thrives, where people look out for each other, where people collaborate on addressing community problems and issues, and where people celebrate what we have created and what we are going to create,” Harman said.
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