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The chosen book is In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero. Hardcover and e-book copies of the book will be available at the library. The One Book One Community Program is part of a new diversity initiative titled the "Needham Free Public Forum" with the motto "Exploring diversity to inspire unity." The initiative was organized by library trustees and staff in response to citizen input offered as part of the library's most recent long-range planning process.
In the Country We Love is Diane Guerrero's memoir of her experience when she returned home from school in Boston one day at age 14 to learn that her undocumented parents had been detained and deported. Guerrero is an actress on the hit television show "Orange is the New Black."
As a co-sponsor, the League is encouraging its members to read this book over the summer and participate in a small-group discussion at a designated time in mid-September (not determined yet). The Library and Trustees also plan to offer an evening gathering for all those who read the book at a date in October.