New reading program aims to build unity

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A new reading program is launching that aims to build unity through a common text and programming.

The Charlottesville OneBook program will provide free books to schools, community organizations and readers throughout the region, by request.

According to a release, it is a response to the August 2017 events in the city. It's a partnership between Charlottesville High School, the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, the Virginia Center for the Book, the University of Virginia Library, Albemarle County Public Schools, St. Anne's-Belfield and other community organizations.

The inaugural program will feature the book "The Hate U Give," an award-winning novel by Angie Thomas.

Copies of the book will be given away as part of a limited-release paperback edition dedicated to Charlottesville.

Along with providing books, the program will also create opportunities to engage with the text through in-person programming and discussions.

Fiscal sponsorship of the program comes from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.

At this time, the program is still accepting donations in order to support its efforts and to enable a greater number of books to be distributed.

The release says it still needs about $10,000 to provide copies of the book and support programmatic offerings that will launch in the spring.

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