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    Community reading initiative kicks off Feb. 27

    The public library is inviting residents to participate in its next Burlington Reads program, which begins Feb. 27. Burlington Reads is a community reading program in which the library encourages residents to read a common book and attend special events related to it. The featured book for the upcoming program is “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” by Jamie Ford, a historical novel that recounts a love affair between Henry, a Chinese-American boy, and Keiko, a Japanese-American girl, in Seattle amid the tumult of World War II and the internment of Japanese-Americans. The selection was made with the help of library patrons, who were invited last fall to vote for their preference from among three titles. The library has multiple copies of the book available for borrowing, and a brochure that lists the book discussions and other events through March 25. Meanwhile, the library is presenting a special program on “Coyotes in the Suburbs” on Thursday at 7 p.m. The guest speaker, Jonathan Way, is the author of “Suburban Howls,” an account of his experiences studying eastern coyotes in Massachusetts.