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Pequot Library, The Fairfield Public Library, and their community partners are happy to announce the One Book One Town (OBOT) selection for 2020 – Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero by Christopher McDougall. This year is the twelfth One Book One Town celebration in Fairfield. While a rescue donkey seems an unlikely hero, Sherman’s story also embraces the story of his owner and the friends they make along the way.
When Christopher McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. When Sherman arrived, he was so sick he could barely move but Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed to heal Sherman’s body and mind. He decided to teach Sherman to run. He had heard about burro racing – where humans and donkeys run together in a call-back to mining days – and decided the goal would be for them to enter the World Championship in Colorado. Running with Sherman is the heartwarming story of that rehabilitation as Chris and a community of others help Sherman transform from a scared, misunderstood animal into a confident champion and trusted companion.
McDougall covered wars in Rwanda and Angola as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press before writing his best-selling book Born to Run. His fascination with the limits of human potential led him to create the Outside magazine web series, “Art of the Hero.” He currently lives with his wife, two daughters, and a farmyard menagerie in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
One Book One Town Events
The Equus Effect: Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Pequot Library
Jane Strong, Founder of The Equus Effect, shares her inspiring story of working with veterans and horses.
Christopher McDougall: Monday, March 9 at 7:00 pm at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University
Don’t miss the chance to meet the author – Christopher McDougall will visit Fairfield to talk about Running with Sherman.
More One Book One Town Events
Woods Book Group: Wednesday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m. at Fairfield Woods Branch Library
“Mainly Books” Group: Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Main Library
Senior Literary Society: Wednesday, March 4 at 11:00 a.m. at Bigelow Center for Senior Activities
Books and Banter: Thursday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m. at Fairfield Woods Branch Library
Therapeutic Riding with Pegasus Academy: Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Main Library (Please register)
Learn how equine-assisted activities positively benefit the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs with Lynn Peters, Registered Instructor and Volunteer Director of Pegasus.
Ray of Light Farm Animal Rescue: Sunday, February 23 at 11:00 a.m. at Fairfield University, Barone Campus Center (Please register)
Meet a rescue donkey and hear about Ray of Light Farm’s rescue efforts and animal therapy programs.
Talking About Books with Dr. Mark Schenker: Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Main Library (Please register)
Please join us for a lively conversation and wonderful exchange of ideas about this year’s title choice, Running with Sherman by Christopher McDougall, led by Dr. Mark Schenker.
Are the Kids Alright? Helping Your Teen in the Age of Anxiety: Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Main Library (Please register)
Drawing from their experience working with hundreds of students at the counseling center located at Fairfield University, Julia Smith, LCSW and Mark Celeno, PhD, will focus on understanding the origins and symptoms of this mental health epidemic, and how you can help your teen who may be struggling.
Writer’s Contest Reception and Reading: Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Main Library (Please register)
Everyone is invited to hear the winners of the One Book One Town writing contest read their selections about the impact an animal had on their life. Click here for more details on the Writing Contest.
Pack Burro Racing: Sunday, February 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Main Library (Please register)
Learn about the exciting sport of Pack Burro Racing, begun in Colorado in the 19th-century as prospectors raced to stake their claims. Janine Jacques will talk about modern day burro racing and share her experiences.