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One Book, One Community to feature Civil War tale at Scottdale library

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Rachel Basinger | For The Independent-Observer
Patti Miller, Scottdale Public Library director, pulls up a picture of this year's choice of book to be discussed for the One Book, One Community event. The book is 'The Civil War in Pennsylvania,' written by Michael Krause, David Neville and Kenneth Turner.

With the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, it's only appropriate that the One Book, One Community history book discussion selection through the Westmoreland Library Network this year would focus on this battle.

On July 2 at 6 p.m. a discussion on the newly published book “The Civil War In Pennsylvania,” written by Michael Kraus, David Nevill and Kenneth Turner, will be held at the Scottdale Public Library on Spring Street.

Patti Miller, library director, said the book was just published this past December and it is full of pictures with a limited reading load.

“The book has all new pictures that haven't been seen before, so it is really very interesting and will appeal to a lot of people,” she said.

Usually the One Book, One Community program at the Scottdale Public Library draws about a dozen participants, but Miller said she is hoping the subject matter and the timeliness of it will attract more individuals to the discussion.

She added they hope to invite the local Civil War Roundtable group that has been meeting at the library over the past year.

“With the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg this year, there is a rejuvenated focus on the Civil War in this area and this book, with the new photographs, is very interesting,” Miller said. “It's a part of our history.”

In the past few years, the One Book One Community program has chosen books based on the Coal and Coke era, the Whiskey Rebellion and industrialization of the area.

“I'm excited for us to have this different focus,” Miller said. “It's very timely.”

The library is taking pre-registration now (at the library) from any individual who would like to reserve a book and take part in the discussion. The phone number there is 724-887-6140.

Miller said there are only about 30 books available to hand out to those who are interested, and it's on a first- come, first-served basis.

“There is no limit to the amount of people who want to register and be part of the book discussion on July 2, but we will only be able to loan out 30 books,” she said.

Individuals are welcome to join other book discussions at libraries throughout the county this summer as well.

Some of the discussion dates and times at other area libraries include at 7 p.m. July 25 at Norwin Public Library, at 6 p.m. July 29 at Mt. Pleasant Public Library and at 2 p.m. Aug. 8 at Jeannette Public Library.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.