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For a full listing of events and more information about Forsyth Reads Together, visit www.forsythpl.org.

The local community can travel back in time through books this summer.

This year’s Forsyth Reads Together program will feature "The Life and Times of Louisa May Alcott."

The annual Forsyth County Public Library community reading initiative usually focuses on one book, such as last year’s look at "To Kill a Mockingbird," said Stephen Kight, assistant director for public services.

Kight said this year’s theme came about as part of a grant application that didn’t pan out.

"But we decided to go ahead and do it [for Forsyth Reads Together] because it was such a cool topic," he said.

Forsyth Reads Together will kick off June 12 with an open house event at the Cumming Library. The all-ages opening will feature period music, crafts, food and displays.

Community leaders will also perform readings from Alcott works, Kight said.

Seven other events, such as book discussions and movie screenings, will be held at all three library branches during the summer.

The open house and some other events are unique to this year, Kight said, which is typical for each summer’s program.

"Different books call for different events," he said. "‘Little Women’ evokes a certain period, so that’s a natural book to associate with what we’re doing with open house period food, music and crafts."

Other special activities this year include "visits" from Alcott and Civil War soldiers, played by actors.

While a wide variety of Alcott works will be included in Forsyth Reads Together, two book discussions will be held on "Little Women," Alcott’s classic novel.

The reading program has increased interest in the book, but Kight said plenty of copies are still available for checkout.

"I’m just re-reading it right now. It’s a fantastic book," he said. "This is the kind of book that families can share together. It’s appropriate to read aloud for the whole family."

In addition to writing books for children, Alcott also was an author of romance novels, an ardent abolitionist, women’s suffragist and nurse during the Civil War, according to a library news release.

The summer program is also sponsored by two community groups, FCPL Friends & Advocates and Literacy Forsyth.