In Iowa we have always taken books, libraries, and literacy very seriously. So when I tell you that we have a state-supported program called Iowa Center for the Book, which is part of the State Library of Iowa and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, I know you wont be surprised. What may surprise you is that this organization is the driving force behind the very popular statewide library program All Iowa Reads. All Iowa Reads is a library-sponsored program that encourages all Iowans to read, discuss, and enjoy a single book over the course of one year. The 2021 title has just been announced. It is Little Faith by Nikolaus Butler. In this novel an intergenerational Wisconsin family grapples with the issues of faith, radical churches, family and what they are willing to risk to stay connected. This compelling book has a lot to discuss. Cole Library has both large print and regular copies of the book and an audio book available for patrons. It can be requested for curbside pickup at It is also available on BRIDGES as an eBook or audiobook. So read the book, encourage someone else to do the same, and join the discussion.

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