In October, Salina Public Library organizes Salina Reads, a community-wide reading campaign. All Salinans are encouraged to read and discuss the selected book.

In 2021, the selected Salina Reads book is “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” by W. Bruce Cameron. The book tells the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, “A Dog’s Purpose” touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic questions: Why are we here?
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Youth Recommendations

While “A Dog’s Purpose” is great for many ages, do you know a young person who would like to join in on the fun? We suggest:

“Ellie’s Story” by W. Bruce Cameron (great for grades 3-6)
“Stay: A Girl, A Dog, A Bucket List” by Kate Klise (a picture book for little ones)

Past Selections

2019 — “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Gann
2018 — “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah; and youth selections, “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Pena and “One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia
2017 — “The Last Cattle Drive” by Robert Day; and youth selections, “Old Yeller” by Fred Gipson and “Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy” by Jan Thomas
2016 — “Digging to America” by Anne Tyler and “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri; and youth selection, “The Tree in the Courtyard” by Jeff Gottesfeld
2015 — “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
2014 — “The Worst Hard Time” Timothy Egan
2013 — “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon

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