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The ninth annual townwide reading project is underway, with the first event of North Reading Reads 2012 scheduled for 7 p.m. next Thursday at the Flint Memorial Library, 147 Park St. This year’s inaugural event, “A Taste of Home: Connecting with Music, Food, and Friends,’’ will feature blues and jazz by The Joy of Sax, led by Steve Swartz of North Reading, as well as selected readings from this year’s chosen book. North Reading is reading Kristin Kimball’s “The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love,’’ which tells the tale of Essex Farm’s humble beginnings. Kimball, a Manhattan journalist, and her husband, Mark Kimball, started the farm in 2003. Today, the 500-acre draft-horse-powered farm near Lake Champlain in New York produces enough food to make the grocery store obsolete for its members, who buy shares in the farm’s crops and other products through a Community Supported Agriculture program. Additional events in this reading project include two book discussions, a presentation on how to start a vegetable garden, and an evening about locally grown food. For information, visit the library’s website at -- Brenda J. Buote

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