The Jacksonville Public Library participated in the “Read Across Texas” program this year. This year’s theme is “Know Your Neighbor.”

The program encourages communities to engage in challenging, insightful and transformative conversations. Libraries and organizations across Texas were invited to participate in this effort by using books to open dialogue and explore what “knowing your neighbor” could mean within their communities.

There were four books selected for this year’s theme: A children’s book, a young adult book, an adult non-fiction book and an adult fiction book. We were able to pick one and receive 10 free copies and put together an event to engage people to read the book chosen and give their feedback.

We chose the book “A Man Called Ove,” an adult fiction book, and our book club members met and shared their thoughts and opinions on the book.

We distributed the books on March 28, with a book discussion and survey held during the April 25 book club meeting.

Our library also ordered the other three books, which we placed on display in the library with a summary of each one, with questionnaires available for each book that publicized the “Read Across Texas Program.

We would like to encourage everyone to come by the library and check out the books for the “Read Across Texas” program we have displayed, then ask yourselves

• How many of your neighbors do you know?

• What does “being a neighbor” mean?

For those of you who participated in our event, we want to say thank you and to everyone else, we hope to see you soon in the library.