Once again, HML is partnering with SUNY Oneonta and their Common Read program. The program’s goals are to challenge students and the community to examine diversity and to embrace cultural literacy. As part of the program, HML is offering free books to those who attend the two library programs lead by Professor Thor Gibbons. Mark your calendar for September 11 and 20 at 7:00 to join the book discussions at the library. And you won’t want to miss the author presentation at the Dewar Arena on September 24 at 7:00. Register for the library book discussions on Eventbrite and we’ll order a copy of Just Mercy for you!
This year, SUNY Oneonta has chosen Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice that represents the poor, wrongly condemned, and women and children. His novel describes the unfairness and inequality that he and his clients experience from the justice system. Stevenson gave a TED Talk on the subject of injustice and The New Yorker declared it one of the five essential TED Talks. More than 2.5 million people have viewed it and Desmond Tutu called Stevenson “America’s young Nelson Mandela”.