Readers of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars will have the chance to make a short visit to Amsterdam as part of “An Evening Under the Stars” hosted by One Book of Rutherford County and Linebaugh Library is from 6:00 to 8:00 on Friday, 5/10/13.
Linebaugh will be decorated to evoke the book’s scene when main characters Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters visit Amsterdam to meet revered author Peter Van Houten. Guests will enjoy tulips, twinkling lights, refreshments, and sparkling juice as Hazel and Gus did.
The celebration is the year-end event of Read To Succeed’s One Book program, which challenges Rutherford County residents each year to read a chosen book as well learn more about area non-profits. This year’s selection, The Fault in Our Stars,deals with a sensitive subject - teens with cancer - in an insightful and life-affirming way.
“‘An Evening Under the Stars’ reflects what we wanted readers to see in the book,” says Read To Succeed executive director Lisa Mitchell. “That life is to be shared and celebrated, even in the face of overwhelming circumstances.”
“An Evening Under the Stars” will feature live music, provided by the Riverdale High School Jazz Band, starting at 6pm on the Civic Plaza, followed by refreshments and activities inside the library. Guests are invited to dress in their finest party attire, and a photo booth will be available for pictures.
A book swap, where participants can donate a book and get a book, is also on the agenda. Readers are encouraged to bring their own books and join the exchange.
“This has been a stellar year for the One Book program, and we are very excited to share this evening with Rutherford County readers,” says One-Book co-chair Michelle Palmer. “People are so passionate about ‘Fault’ that we are thrilled to give them a taste of that special evening shared by Gus and Hazel.”
The party will also mark the end of this year’s One Book community Book Crossing, where free copies The Fault in Our Starshave been available in red boxes throughout Rutherford County. More than 100 hardback copies have been distributed throughout the community, thanks to the generous support of Ingram Content Group.
While the event is free and open to the public, donations will be taken up for the families of Clinton’s Club and Live4Tay, a nonprofit established in memory of Riverdale High School student, Tay Filorimo, whose wish was to raise awareness of childhood cancer.
“An Evening Under the Stars” is made possible by the generous donations of the Jennings and Rebecca Jones Foundation, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, and Olive Branch Church.
For more information on One Book, Read To Succeed, and The Fault in Our Stars, visitwww.Facebook.com/OneBookRutherford or call 615-738-READ.