Sunday, August 1, 2010

About Three Cups of Tea

August's Featured Book of the Month is Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time. It's the inspiring true story of Greg Mortenson and his campaign to build schools in some of the most dangerous and remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In 1993 Mortenson was descending from his failed attempt to reach the peak of K2. Exhausted and disoriented, he wandered away from his group into the most desolate reaches of northern Pakistan. Alone, without food, water, or shelter he stumbled into an impoverished Pakistani village where he was nursed back to health.

While recovering he observed the village’s 84 children sitting outdoors, scratching their lessons in the dirt with sticks. The village was so poor that it could not afford the $1-a-day salary to hire a teacher. When he left the village, he promised that he would return to build them a school. From that rash, heartfelt promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time.

Visit your local branch to check out a copy of the book and for more information, read the transcript of the Washington Post's online chat with Greg Mortenson.

After you're read the book, get your free tickets to see Greg Mortenson at the Cintas Center on September 29 at 7pm. A limited number of tickets are available at the Main Library and Green Township and Madeira branches starting on August 2. Tickets are availble on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of two tickets per person. For more information about the event, visit
Xavier University's website.

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