North Reading

Library selects book for reading program

Flint Memorial Library has selected its title for North Reading Reads 2014, the town’s 11th annual community reading program: “Beautiful Ruins,” by Jess Walter, a novel about love, big dreams, responsibility, and the movies. The settings for this well-received bestseller include the Italian coast, Hollywood, Scotland, and the Pacific Northwest as the story moves through time from 1962 to the present day. In addition to book discussions, The Friends of the Library are sponsoring several related programs, which kick off this month: “Pasta and Conversation,” with Jaclyn Strycharz, the cooking librarian; “Books into TV Movies,” with producer/director Fred Barzyk; and an evening of armchair travel in Italy with David and Nancy Dillon. An art exhibit featuring drawings by local middle school students also is planned for March. Copies of the novel and the audiobook are available at the library. For more information, call 978-664-4942 or visit