The Loudoun County Public Library has launched this year’s 1book1community program and is giving away free copies of the award-winning book “Front Desk” by Kelly Yang.
The annual countywide program promotes community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book, according to LCPL officials.
Thousands of free copies are now available at all LCPL branches while supplies last. Library cardholders can also instantly access the eBook through Dec. 12 at library.loudoun.gov/1book or on OverDrive and the Libby app.
“Front Desk” — winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature — is a semiautobiographical account of Yang’s childhood growing up in California as the daughter of first-generation Chinese immigrants. The middle-grade novel tackles topics of immigration, poverty, classism and racism though the eyes of Mia, a 10-year-old girl who helps her parents run a motel where they are secretly housing immigrants.
“I’m really excited that ‘Front Desk’ is not only appropriate for elementary school age children but a fantastic read for people of all ages,” Susan VanEpps, LCPL’s division manager of programming and community engagement, said in a prepared statement. “And with so many of our customers studying and working from home this fall, we’re thrilled to be able to offer thousands of copies of the eBook.”
1book 1community is made possible by the Irwin Uran Gift Fund.
Yang will join Loudoun County readers online for a special live discussion Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. on Webex. The community is invited to ask Yang questions and listen to her discuss her writing.
Details on how to watch can be found at library.loudoun.gov/1book.