Shreve Memorial Library’s annual parish-wide reading program, One Book One Parish, starts today, October 1. Each year, One Book One Parish unites Caddo Parish by promoting one book title throughout Shreve Memorial Library’s 21 branches during the month of October. This year’s selected title is The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. Due to current pandemic guidelines, Shreve Memorial Library will host a series of virtual programs related to and inspired by the book The Starless Sea throughout the month of October. All programs are free and open to the public.
In The Starless Sea, graduate student Zachary Ezra Rawlins discovers a mysterious book hidden on a library shelf and finds his own childhood story written within its pages. As Zachary works to unravel the mystery of how his own story came to be written, he follows a series of clues and begins an enchanting journey into a magical world of lost cities and seas, lovers, whispered stories, twisting tunnels, crowded ballrooms, darkened stairwells and hidden libraries.
One Book One Parish encourages adults to read the same book and join in a parish-wide conversation about it. Copies of The Starless Sea are available for checkout at all Shreve Memorial Library branches and online through resources such as Overdrive. Shreve Memorial Library patrons may also sign up for the One Book One Parish reading program through Beanstack for a chance to win their very own copy of the book. Registration can be completed at https://shreve-lib.beanstack.org/reader365.
The public is invited to join Shreve Memorial Library’s Virtual Book Club for a virtual discussion of The Starless Sea. The book discussion will take place on Tuesday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Reading the book beforehand is advised, but not required. Those interested in participating and hearing more about this year’s selection can register at https://bit.ly/OBOP20.
In addition to the book discussion, the SML Art Club will recreate the key symbols of The Starless Sea. In the book, Zachary Ezra Rawlins uncovers a series of clues – a bee, a key and a sword – that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. Each Friday, October 9 through October 23, the library will premiere a new art club video tutorial featuring one of the three elements at 2:00 p.m. via Facebook. SML Art Club video tutorials are suitable for artists of all skill levels and feature step-by-step instructions on how to recreate works of art at home.
On Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m., Shreve Memorial Library will host a virtual cooking program inspired by The Starless Sea. The at-home cooking demonstration will premiere on the library’s Facebook page. Viewers will learn how to make orange honey-spiced muffins while hearing how The Starless Sea inspired this creative dish.
Throughout the month, library patrons are also encouraged to pick up “Grab & Go” craft kits at all Shreve Memorial Library branches. These kits include how-to instructions and all the materials needed to complete crafts inspired by and related to The Starless Sea.