Amazon in Murfreesboro donates 300 books for RTS OneBook Book Crossing

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Photo of Amazon GM, Scot Newport and RTS Executive Director, Lisa Mitchell joined by members of the One Book Committee and Amazon employees.

One Book 2015 has officially come to a close and the year could not have been such a success without a generous donation from the Murfreesboro Amazon Distribution Center, Read To Succeed said.

Thanks to the donation by Amazon, 300 copies of the title were presented to the literacy nonprofit to give away to the community.

The donation was offered when Amazon plant manager Scot Newport learned about Read To Succeed's One Book 2015 choice The Rosie Project and the winter book crossing, where copies of the book are made available at no cost in select businesses in the community.

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"Amazon is proud to call Murfreesboro home and we're always looking for ways to give back to our community," said Scot Newport, general manager of Amazon's Murfreesboro fulfillment center. "We're excited to partner again with Read To Succeed to promote literacy and encourage a love of reading."

The book's premise centers on Dr. Don Tillman, an intelligent, though socially-awkward, geneticist on the autism spectrum who meets Rosie Jarman, a flighty and spontaneous bartender who needs help finding her real father. Tillman agrees to help her and finds himself falling in love.

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According to One Book co-chair Sandee Suitt, the book was chosen for its theme of finding love and embracing life, as well as its social message of learning to understand individuals with autism. The One Book committee partnered with Autism Tennessee for the entire year to increase awareness of adults and children with autism.

Typically during One Book's annual book crossing 80-100 books are distributed throughout Rutherford County. Thanks to this year's donation from Amazon, 300 copies will be distributed through the crossing's nine business locations as well as at Read To Succeed's many family literacy events during the year.

"We are so grateful and excited about having these books," Mitchell said. "Our mission through our One Book committee is to encourage a love of reading among adult readers in Rutherford County, and when we have the resources to provide an interesting and entertaining read for them at no cost, our mission is furthered."

For more information about The Rosie Project, visit readtosucceed.org/onebook-htm/ or call 615-738-7323.

Read To Succeed is a community partnership created to promote reading in Rutherford County, with emphasis on family literacy. For more information, visit readtosucceed.org.

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