Redmond Reads Together This Summer

One Book, One Summer, One Redmond


The Lines That Make Us: Stories From Nathan’s Bus
by Nathan Vass.

Dubbed the nicest guy in Seattle, Nathan Vass is a metro bus driver, greeting every rider with kindness, compassion and respect. His book features short stories that highlight moments of joy, solidarity and connection. Nathan’s book was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award in 2019. He has strong ties to the Redmond community and even worked at the Redmond Library in high school.

Meet the Author: Nathan Vass

Take the Community Challenge

This summer, together we will read one chapter at a time online from June 15th to September 15th. We will have a new chapter linked every two weeks, on the 1st and 15th of the month. Take time the time between each posting to read the latest chapter. When the library reopens, you can check out a copy too. Nathan will introduce each chapter with a video (see below). In the fall, we'll host events to talk together about compassion, caring, and kindness.

Between each posting we have time to read the latest chapters, watch the videos and then try completing a Community Challenge! Connect with your neighbors about each chapter. Share how the book inspires you. Talk about how communities can apply and practice compassion for all.  

Post your experience on social media using #redmondreads and @redmondlibrarykcls @kcls @cityofredmond.  Follow your neighbors’ Community Challenges on the Redmond Library’s Facebook and Instagram accounts 

Track your reading minutes as part of the KCLS All Ages Summer Reading Program via the Beanstack app. Everyone who reads for 500 minutes or more can enter a raffle for a prize package of books! 

Events! Coming This Fall! Please Register

When We Become Islands: How Technology Has Made Us Lonely People - Saturday, September 26, 2pm

Metro Bus Driver Nathan Vass, author of The Lines That Make Us: Stories from Nathan's Bus, is uniquely positioned to observe shifts in how people interact with each other - or don't - in communal spaces. Recent trends and technologies have changed how younger generations approach communication. Drawing on his experience and extensive research, Nathan provides insights that are surprising and sobering, but also optimistic.

Meet the Author: Nathan Vass - Thursday, October 15, 7pm

The Lines That Make Us: Stories from Nathan's Bus is an amazing book that gives us the techniques we need to promote community, respect and compassion in our world. Join Nathan to hear how this book came to be and to ask questions.

DiscussingThe Lines That Make Us: Stories from Nathan's Bus - Session 1 - Saturday, October 17, 2pm

Facilitator Dori Gillam takes us deeper into Nathan's philosophy for connecting. Join us for more conversation about respect, compassion and community.

Discussing The Lines That Make Us: Stories from Nathan's Bus - Session 2 - Thursday, October 22, 7pm

Facilitator Dori Gillam takes us deeper into Nathan's  philosophy for connecting. Join us for more conversation about respect, compassion and community.

Read the Chapters and Watch the Videos

Chapter 7: September 15 - October 22

Topic: “You can always hang out on my bus...”  

Chapter to Read: It’s Never Over Until It’s Over , opens a new window 

Challenge   

How do you build community? | Attend one of the ongoing programs for #redmondreads in the fall | snap a pic of your community, large or small |  

Share on Instagram with @redmondlibrarykcls @kcls @cityofredmond + Hashtag #RedmondReads

Chapter 6: September 1 - September 14  

Topic: “You are that memory that drifts in on a rainy day, in the midst of a cluttered market, on the beach alone.”  

Chapter to Read: Andy after Death , opens a new window  

Challenge   

Write a letter or card to a person that makes you joyful | Think of a joyful memory   

Share on Instagram with @redmondlibrarykcls @kcls @cityofredmond + Hashtag #RedmondReads

Chapter Five: August 15 - August 31

Chapter to Read: First Day of School , opens a new window  

Challenge   

Take food to your local food bank | Harvest your summer garden or prepare your fall garden  

Share on Instagram with @redmondlibrarykcls @kcls @The Commons, opens a new window @cityofredmond + Hashtag #RedmondReads #Microsoftcommons #ACommonConnection 

Want to catch up with previous chapters?  See below!

Chapter Four: August 1 - August 14

Topic: “Her face had been living and struggling in the same great whirlwind you have, and all the while you resided somewhere in the back recesses of her mind, unforgotten.”  

Chapter to Read: Tjang, Again , opens a new window 

Challenge   

  1. You see that person all the time; ask them their name | Where are you? | Snap a pic |  
  2. Share on Instagram with @redmondlibrarykcls @kcls @cityofredmond + Hashtag #RedmondReads

Chapter Three: July 15 - July 31

Topic: “All great things are predicated on a maybe.” 

Chapter to Read: You’ve Been a Good Friend of Mine , opens a new window 

Challenge   

  1. What is resilience to you?  | Where do you see it in our community?   
  2. Share on Instagram with @redmondlibrarykcls  @kcls @cityofredmond + Hashtag #RedmondReads

Chapter Two: July 1 - July 14, 2020

Topic: “We have a lot in common"

Chapter to Read  The Hug

Challenge: 

  1. You see that person all the time - a neighbor, the mail carrier, the grocery clerk, your fellow bus rider or...?
  2. Take the time to ask them their name.  
  3. Snap a pic of where you are.
  4. Share your experience on Instagram or Facebook with #redmondreads.

Chapter One: June 15 - June 30, 2020

Topic: The lines that make us, why is this chapter also the book title?

Chapter to Read: The Lines that Make Us
Challenge:

  1. Spot a/your metro bus
  2. Say thanks to a driver
  3. Snap a picture of Metro at work or Metro bus stops in your neighborhood!
  4. Share on Facebook or Instagram using #redmondreads and @redmondlibrarykcls @kcls @cityofredmond   

Let's read together as a community during Redmond Reads: One Book, One Summer, One Redmond!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Redmond Library.

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