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Local ‘One Book One Community’ Program

Local ‘One Book One Community’ Program

Rose Under Fire, a novel by Elizabeth Wein, is the One Book One Community selection for 2017. This year’s selected book tells the story of Rose Justice, a pilot who transports planes from England to France during World War II, until she is captured and sent to Ravensbruck, the Nazi concentration camp for women in northern Germany.

In an innovative approach to promoting reading and discussion, the Reading Theater Project will present an adaptation of the novel at the Wyomissing Public Library on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.

The Reading Theater Project is a collective of professional performing artists who create and present new theater inspired by the community. Vicki Haller Graff, an actor, director and writer, adapted the novel as a performance piece.

Begun in Seattle in 1998, One Book One Community programs are designed to “promote the value of reading by recommending a compelling book that links the community in a common conversation.” 2017 marks the second year that the Wyomissing Public Library has offered public programs about the selected book’s topic. Copies of Rose Under Fire are available at the library.

To reserve a copy of the book or for information about the two performances, visit the library’s website,, or call 610-374-2385.

On  Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Vermont folksinger, songwriter and storyteller Rik Palieri will perform old Polish folksongs. In the 1980’s Palieri received a fellowship from the Kosciusko Foundation for the study of the Polish Bagpipe. Living high up in the mountains of Istebna in southern Poland, he learned the secrets of piping from Jozef Broda and the last remaining pipers of that time. Jozef and the other pipers taught Rik not only the bagpipes but also how to play the wooden flute, clay ocarina and the long wooden trumpet. Palieri’s performance is also free and open to the public.