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! 

Read the Chapters and Watch the Videos

Chapter Two: July 1 - July 14, 2020

Topic: “We have a lot in common"

Chapter to Read  The Hug


  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.

Want to catch up with previous chapters?  See below!

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

  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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