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Scarsdale Public Library Launches 'What Scarsdale Is Reading' Program

The Scarsdale Library is at 54 Olmsted Road.
The Scarsdale Library is at 54 Olmsted Road. Photo Credit: File

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- The Scardale Public Library has launched a community reading experience, "What Scarsdale Is Reading," and is featuring The New York Times bestseller  "Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble,” by Marilyn Johnson, as its inaugural selection.

Johnson will discuss her book at the library on, Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m. A wine and cheese reception and book signing will follow. The program is free and open to the public.

"What Scarsdale Is Reading" engages residents in a communal literary experience. Four times a year, a committee of volunteers will choose a book they believe reflects the interests of the community.

The library will make the book available in multiple formats, provide discussion questions, and hold an author reading or special event around the book.

“Community-read programs have elevated the literary dialogue in towns and cities across the country,” said Library Director Elizabeth Bermel. “'What Scarsdale Is Reading' is a natural fit for a well-read community like Scarsdale.”

Michelle Lichtenberg, president of the Scarsdale Library board of trustees, also commented on the new program.

"What Scarsdale Is Reading offers an opportunity for neighbors and friends to read a special book, and then gather together at the library for a lively discussion," she said. "We encourage members of the many book groups in town to participate in this community event."

Copies of “Lives in Ruins” are available through the library in e-book, hardcover and audio versions. Discussion questions for book groups and individuals can be found on the library website ( ) or at the "What Scarsdale Is Reading" display table in the library.

To reserve a copy of the book, visit the library website or call the reference desk at 914-722-1302.

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