SaratogaREADS! 2018 Selections

Elizabeth Kolbert’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning title, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, is the SaratogaREADS! community-wide reading and discussion selection for 2018.

This year’s selection by the Saratoga Springs Public Library coincides with its new sustainability initiative, which is focused on minimizing the library’s environmental impact and fostering a dialogue about a more resilient future. The SaratogaREADS! program, which is made possible with support from the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library, is designed to engage all the members of the community in shared reading experience and includes a junior companion title for younger readers too.

“The Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library is excited to once again support the library in its offering of SaratogaREADS!. It is our mission to assist the library in providing our community with such programs and we look forward to reading along with the rest of Saratoga Springs,” said Friends Board President Jessica Niles.

The junior companion selection for 2018 is The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, a novel by Jacqueline Kelly about a young girl becoming interested in science and nature in turn-of-the-nineteenth-century Texas.

Saratoga Springs Public Library Director Issac Pulver said “We’re excited about the conversations about sustainability issues that these selections can spark.”

On March 2 at 7 p.m., Elizabeth Kolbert will visit Skidmore College to discuss her book and talk about her experience researching mass extinction events.

An extensive slate of programs related to this year’s selections will take place at the library and throughout the community this winter. A full schedule of events will be posted on the library’s website, and at

For a full program brochure with more complete program and event descriptions, as well as the Junior Companion discussions and activities (beginning in February), see our full 2018 Selection and Junior Companion announcement brochure.

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