Bayonne Reads: one book, one community

To the Editor:

Please join us in the Gallery on May 30 at 7 p.m. at the Bayonne Public Library to help launch Bayonne Reads: One Book, One Community, a city-wide discussion of the book, “The Things They Carried.” Considered to be one of the best works of fiction ever written about war, “The Things They Carried” is a collection of stories about the Vietnam War written by Tim O’Brien, a Vietnam Veteran.

Modeled on The Big Read and The Great American Read, Bayonne Reads was created to celebrate literacy and to bring community members together to encourage civil discussions about important issues. Given Bayonne’s proud military history, we thought “The Things They Carried” was a great book with which to begin our journey.

BCB, a sponsor of Bayonne Reads, has generously purchased books that will be made available free-of-charge. Books are available on a first come, first serve basis. Vietnam Veteran, Tony Goodson, and Vietnam Era Veteran, Glen Flora, are the featured guest speakers on May 30. Objects from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Museum in Holmdel will also be on display in the Library.

Questions regarding Bayonne Reads should be directed to J.P. Porcaro, Director of the Bayonne Public Library, (201) 858-6972.

We hope to see you there.

Bayonne Reads Committee
Councilman Neil Carroll
Sandra Dear
Matt Klimansky
J.P. Porcaro, Head Librarian, Bayonne Public Library
Caroline Ulivella
Dan Ward
Gene Woods