Volusia Reads Together

Volusia Reads Together! is a community reading program dedicated to creating shared conversations and providing a range of related events and activities.

The Volusia County Public Library will celebrate this year’s Volusia Reads Together program with “Other Birds” by Sarah Addison Allen.

The program officially runs from March 8 – April 13, 2024. The library will host a series of events with the community. There are many diverse programs related to “Other Birds”, and the hope is that it sparks many book discussions. Additionally, the Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach and Port Orange Regional Library will host performances of an original play, “Outfox,” written and directed by library employee Karen Poulsen.

For more information, pick up a program booklet beginning March 1, for a list of over 100 programs, including community book discussions, film screenings, exhibits, crafts, music programs, games, and many other engaging programs.

Library branches will provide free copies of Other Birds starting in mid-March, but only while supplies last!


Our Highlighted Book Selection:

Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen


From the acclaimed author of “Garden Spells” comes an enchanting tale of lost souls, lonely strangers, secrets that shape us, and how the right flock can guide you home.

Down a narrow alley in the small coastal town of Mallow Island, South Carolina, lies a stunning cobblestone building composed of five apartments. It’s called The Dellawisp, and it is named after the tiny turquoise birds who, alongside its human tenants, inhabit an air of magical secrecy.

When Zoey Hennessey comes to claim her deceased mother’s apartment at The Dellawisp, she meets her quirky, enigmatic neighbors including a girl on the run, a grieving chef whose comfort food does not comfort him, two estranged middle-aged sisters, and three ghosts. Each with their own story. Each with their own longings. Each whose ending isn’t yet written.

When one of her new neighbors dies under odd circumstances the night Zoey arrives, she is thrust into the mystery of The Dellawisp, which involves missing pages from a legendary writer whose work might be hidden there. She soon discovers that many unfinished stories permeate the place, and the people around her are in as much need of healing from the wrongs of the past as she is. To find their way they must learn how to trust each other, confront their deepest fears, and let go of what haunts them.

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Book Discussions

We encourage readers to engage in respectful dialogue regarding Sarah Addison Allen’s novel “Other Birds.” We will discuss the novel’s themes and readers’ opinions. Feel free to join us even if you haven’t read or finished the book.


March 5: 10 am DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary

March 12: 11 am DeBary Public Library

March 14: 10:30 am Oak Hill Public Library

March 15: 10:30 am Edgewater Public Library

March 19: 5:30 pm Deltona Regional Library

March 20: 10:30 am Port Orange Regional Library

March 21: 10 am Deland Regional Library

March 26: 11 am New Smyrna Beach Regional Library

March 26: 11:30 am Orange City Public Library

March 26: 5:30 pm DeBary Public Library

April 5: 11 am Ormond beach Regional Library

April 10: 2 pm Daytona Beach Regional Library

Logo by Chelsea McDaniel, Teen Librarian


Photo credit: Mike Kitaif

Outfox

An original play by Karen Poulsen

Bakester innkeepers Lillian and Bramwell run out of ideas to attract guests to stay at their establishment – that is, until they come up with a story about ghost sightings. A couple of sisters take the bait and try to summon spirits. Does it work? How could it, if ghosts aren’t real...or are they?

The play is supported by many volunteers and features very talented local performers and production team members: Dennis Amaral, Danielle Grau, Corie Orzel, Valerie Orzel, Gretchen Pettigrew, Louise Schneberger, and Mitzi Sparks.

Port Orange Regional Library
1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange

7 pm Friday, March 8, 2024
2 pm Saturday, March 9, 2024

The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach
726 Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach, Florida
7:30 pm March 13, 14, 15 & 16, 2024
2 pm Sunday, March 17, 2024

Free and open to the public. This play is intended for adult audiences. General seating. Reservations are not required.



Recipe

Rosemary and Lemon Cornmeal Dougnuts

“The doughnuts appeared to still be warm from the oven, the glaze dripping off them onto the platter. The green scent of rosemary and the sharp scent of lemon made Charlotte picture a long, sandy road.”–“Other Birds,” page 91.

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 to 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat a mini (two-inch) doughnut pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl combine the next six ingredients (through salt). In another bowl combine the next four ingredients (through oil); whisk until smooth. Add yogurt mixture to flour mixture; stir until well mixed and smooth.
  3. Spoon batter into a large resealable plastic bag. Using scissors, cut off a small corner, squeeze batter into prepared pan, filling each cup about two-thirds full. Smooth tops.
  4. Bake about 8 minutes or until doughnuts are nearly firm when lightly pressed. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 3 minutes. Turn doughnuts out of pan onto wire rack; cool completely.
  5. For icing, in a bowl stir together powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Dip cooled doughnuts into icing, allowing excess icing to drip back into bowl. Transfer to a wire rack. Let stand until the icing is set.

Today's programs

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