The Neighborhood Library Association (NLA) is a group of five area libraries in a collaborative partnership. The goal is to bring members of their communities together to read and discuss the same book in an annual Community Read. These five libraries also encourage community members to come together for events and programs related to that year's selected book. The five libraries composing the NLA are: Lyon Township Public Library, Northville District Library, Novi Public Library, Salem-South Lyon District Library and Wixom Public Library.
Visit the Neighborhood Library Association's Community Reads website for more information.
Neighborhood Library Association
2013 Community Reads
The 2013 Community Reads book selection is Detroit City Is the Place To Be: the Afterlife of an American Metropolis by Mark Binelli.
The book is a nuanced portrait of a once-great American city that fell into decay decades ago, but which recently is experiencing a ray of hope despite the current financial situation. Binelli provides an easily-read tour through Detroit, from Henry Ford’s auto and steel boom and the race riots of the 1960s and early ‘70s, to the dark ages of widespread crack addiction and the current resurgence led by enterprising idealists, urban farmers, and do-it-yourself go-getters.
The 2013 Community Reads program begins August 15 through November 14, 2013. Copies of the book are available now at all NLA libraries.
Past NLA Community Reads
- 2012: Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo
- 2011: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
- 2010: Annie's Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg