Read Together Diamond Bar (RTDB) is an innovative program to unite people of all ages and backgrounds and to encourage reading at the same time. Each October the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library invite all people in the community to join together in reading a specific book. Actually, the Friends always select three books for RTDB: a book for adults, another targeted for young adult readers, and a third book suitable for children. However, all three books will share a common theme. These books are always selected by a committee of the Friends, working closely with the Library staff. This helps ensure that the books selected will hold wide appeal for a broad variety of readers, from all ages and demographics.
In addition to encouraging the community to read a particular book and to participate and share in engaging discussions, the Friends produce a month-long series of activities at the Library throughout October. All these activities will be connected in some way with the books for that year. The calendar of activities will contain events suitable for each age group and are presented on days and times convenient for their audience.
Finally, RTDB concludes with a weekend afternoon presentation and discussion by an author. For example, best-selling author Lisa See visited the Diamond Bar Library to discuss her work in 2015, the year when the RTDB adult book was Ms. See’s “China Dolls.” Each year the author discussion event that concludes RTDB draws enthusiastic, standing-room only crowds, a fitting conclusion to a month-long series of opportunities for readers to learn, share and celebrate their joy in reading.