The Cellist of Sarajevo  is the choice for the 2013 library campaign.
The Cellist of Sarajevo is the choice for the 2013 library campaign.

The York County Libraries have announced the 2013 choice for the "One Book, One Community: Our Region Reads" library campaign.

The choice is "The Cellist of Sarajevo," by Canadian author Steven Galloway, said Deb Sullivan, community relations director for the York County Library System.

The adult program aims to introduce the community to literature that opens the door to new concepts and cultures, she said.

"It offers the community an opportunity to all read the same book and to gather and discuss it," Sullivan said. "This is an integral part of the library's role as a learning place."

More than 200 copies of the book are now available for people to borrow from all 13 libraries in the county, she said. The program has a potential to reach 2 million people throughout all 93 libraries that participate, she said.

"We do see a lot of participation," she said. "We get a really nice response of folks coming out."

The announcement was made at Red Land Community Library in Newberry Township, she said.

From year to year, the books explore different places, such as London, Afghanistan and New Orleans, Sullivan said.

"The Cellist of Sarajevo" is about a cellist who witnesses the wartime killings of his 22 friends and neighbors who were waiting in a breadline. He plays music in the spot where they were killed for 22 days to honor their memories.

The book includes other characters making decisions about their lives during the war in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


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The book choice was made by the One Book, One Community campaign committee that included representatives from libraries in York, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lancaster and Perry counties.

The One Book campaign is in its 10th year and includes 93 participating libraries in Pennsylvania, Sullivan said.