Iredell Reads 2015

Community Reading Program

Iredell Reads

Iredell Reads is a community-based reading program designed to encourage the entire community to read the same book and then attend a month-long series of events based on the themes presented in the book. The book selected for this year’s Iredell Reads is This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash.

Iredell Friends of the Library

Iredell Reads is sponsored by the Iredell Friends of the Library.

All programs are free and open to the public, except for the writers workshop on July 8. Registration is required for the writers workshop.

  • Tuesday, July 7 6:30 p.m.-Iredell Reads Kickoff Celebration with Author Wiley Cash: Join us for an evening of conversation with best-selling author Wiley Cash. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Wednesday, July 8 10:00 a.m.-Writers' Workshop: The Role of Place in Fiction: Wiley Cash will lead this free workshop on Wednesday morning. Attendance is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up for the workshop, please call 704-878-3098 or email
  • Friday, July 10 10:00 a.m.-Library Movie: Field of Dreams
  • Monday, July 13 6:30 p.m.-Baseball in Iredell County: Historians Bill Moose, O. C. Stonestreet, Steve Hill and Joel Reese will lead a panel discussion about baseball in Iredell County. They will bring baseball memorabilia and photos. The photos will be on display in the library from July 13 through July 18.
  • Tuesday, July 14 7:00 p.m.-A Conversation with Brian Suarez of the Statesville Owls: Minor league baseball is an important part of This Dark Road to Mercy. Learn about life with a minor league baseball team with Brain Suarez of the Statesville Owls.
  • Wednesday, July 15 12 p.m.-The Guardian ad Litem Program in Iredell County: A Lunch & Learn Program-One of the main characters in This Dark Road to Mercy serves as a guardian ad litem for two young girls. Nalina Joseph, District Administrator for the Guardian ad Litem program in Iredell County, will talk about the purpose and goals of the program. Learn how you might become a Guardian ad Litem - a specially trained advocate, appointed by a judge, who fights for the rights of abused and neglected children during the most vulnerable times of their young lives.
  • Monday, July 20 7:00 p.m.-Baseball Poetry with Tim Peeler: Tim Peeler, who lives in Hickory, is a past winner of the Jim Harrison Award for contributions to baseball literature. Tim has written two books of baseball poetry as well as a history of baseball in Catawba County. Join us for an evening of poetry and baseball stories.
  • Wednesday, July 22 12:00 p.m.-Lunch & Learn: This Dark Road to Mercy Book Discussion: Bring your lunch if you like and join in the discussion about This Dark Road to Mercy. The Iredell Friends of the Library will provide dessert and beverages.
  • Monday, July 27 6:30 p.m.-This Dark Road to Mercy Book Discussion: Join in the discussion about This Dark Road to Mercy in this evening session.