“Having Our Say” Is Reading Selection For 2007

The New Rochelle Public Library, together with a variety of community partners, is kicking-off a “One City, One Book” project that encourages all New Rochelle residents to read the same book over the Summer. The project will include book discussions, concerts, films, intergenerational oral history interviews, exhibits, and other cultural and educational activities — all aimed at promoting dialogue and stimulating a love of reading.

“Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years” relates the remarkable, full lives of two women who experienced a segregated South, a migration to the North, the Harlem Renaissance, and pioneering careers as African-American professional women. The best-selling account of their lives is an especially fitting selection for a community with New Rochelle’s diversity, and also has local relevance since the sisters spent their later years nearby in Mount Vernon.

The entire community is invited to join us as we kick-off the “One City, One Book” initiative this Sunday, June 24th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the New Rochelle Public Library and Library Green. The kick-off will include a special appearance by Amy Hill Hearth, who penned the book. Discounted copies of the book, at just $5.00 each, will be available. And, of course, the book can also be borrowed at no charge from the Library (with a Library card.) Other events will follow later this year.