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Greater Prince William Reads: Amazing Space

What is Greater Prince William Reads?

Also known as GPW Reads, we are partnering with Manassas City Public Schools, Manassas Park City Schools, and the Prince William County Public Schools to bring you our first big community read, in which we all get together to read and experience the same books.

“Amazing Space” was chosen as this year’s theme based on the book Chasing Space by former NFL player and astronaut Leland Melvin. As a community, we’ll be reading Chasing Space. For the little ones, we’ve chosen Roda Ahmed’s Mae Among the Stars, a lovely picture book introduction to astronaut Mae Jemison.

Why Chasing Space?

Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park comprise a richly diverse minority-majority community of over half a million people. Furthermore, our area is known for its technology and innovation and is home to the George Mason University Technology Innovation Park. Given this, Chasing Space inspired Greater Prince William Reads: Amazing Space and was chosen for its themes of STEAM, diversity, and perseverance, all of which are relevant and appealing to a wide audience. We not only wanted to encourage an entire community to read the same book, we also wanted to provide a common, relevant theme around which to plan STEAM (especially space) programs for all ages, teaching guides for classrooms, community book discussions, and more.

How can I participate?

Read the Book: You can borrow a copy of any of the three books from the library in several formats. We’ll also be holding giveaways where you can win your very own copy.

Leland Melvin Book Signing: Join us on Saturday, April 6, 2019, 2:00 p.m. when Leland Melvin will sign books at Chinn Park Regional Library.

Discuss! You’ll find plenty of book clubs in different locations around the greater Prince William area for adults, young adults, and upper elementary students. We’ll also have special readings of Mae Among the Stars for the littler ones. If you’re an educator or day care provider, try reading one of the books to your class.

Book Discussion Questions for Chasing Space

Special Events and Programs: Attend special events and programs for all ages at our eleven libraries and other locations in the community.  

Greater Prince William Reads Chasing Space Book Discussions

Former astronaut Leland Melvin has the distinction of being the only person to be drafted into the NFL and fly into outer space as an astronaut! Grab your copy of Chasing Space and join our Greater Prince William Reads Book Discussions for both the adult memoir of Chasing Space and the Young Readers edition for tweens/teens at the following locations:

Adult Book Discussion

Nokesville: Monday, March 18, 11:00 a.m.

Central:  Monday, March 18, 6:30 p.m.

Bull Run: Monday, March 18, 7:00 p.m.

Potomac:  Monday, March 25, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Chinn Park:  Tuesday, March 26, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Young Readers' Edition Discussion for Young Adults

Nokesville: Tuesday, March 12, 5:30 p.m.

Chinn Park:  Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Central:  Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.

Montclair:  Tuesday, March 19, 4:00 p.m.

Potomac:  Monday, March 18, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Haymarket Gainesville: Thursday, March 21, 6:00 p.m. 

Bull Run:  Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.

Bonus Activities

Greater Prince William Reads: TED Talk @ Montclair Community Library
Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a viewing and discussion of astronaut and former NFL player Leland Melvin's TED Talk and learn more about our Greater Prince William Reads book selection. Note: This TED talk contains some sensitive discussion concerning Leland Melvin’s experience with childhood abuse. Refreshments will be served.

Hylton Planetarium Tickets Drawing: From March 1 22, come to any of our regional or community libraries and enter to win admission for four to any show, at the Hylton Planetarium on March 29!   

Adult Trivia Challenge | Teen Trivia Challenge | Mind Bender Challenge for Kids | Coloring Challenge for Kids

Get Social: Tag us on social media! #GPWreads

Additional Resources:

Enjoy storytimes from space.
NASA Science Earth's Moon
Amazing Space Booklist

Check this page often for updates on book clubs and events. Plus, we have a suggested reading list coming soon as well as a list of go-to resources and websites for you to learn about all things space.


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