Sages Read

A community reading program in Monticello will run through the end of 2019.

Sages Read 2019 is a list of 20 reading challenges intended to get the Monticello community reading and discussing books together.

All ages are invited to take part. Among the challenges are: A book about sports, a one-sitting book, a humor book, and an alternate history novel.

So whether you are a teacher doing a read-aloud in a classroom, a book group meeting once a month, or an individual that wants to read more widely, we hope this challenge is something that inspires you to pick up a book,” said a notice posted on the Hartfield Book Company website. “If you have any book recommendations for the list of challenges, please feel free to share them using the hashtag #sagesread and/or on the Sages Read Facebook page.”

The Sages Read 2019 Challenge list can be found at

Our hope is that this will encourage people to read more, maybe make book club suggestions based on the topics, and talk about books around town,” said Monticello Middle School English teacher Katherine Sokolowski, who is helping organize the effort.

She also quoted author C. Alexander London on what she feels summarizes the reason that Sages Read 2019 was organized.

It’s a fact: people can survive without books. People can even have wonderful, full lives without books. But they can’t long endure without community, and community is built on stories,” said the noted writer.

Additional information is also available at Hartfield Book Company, 110 W. Washington St. in Monticello, which will also be giving out incentives during the program.