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February 7, 2018

First “community read” will feature “Thunder Dog”

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Blind since birth, Michael Hingson descended 78 floors with his guide dog Roselle to escape the World Trade Center after terrorists flew an airliner into the building on Sept. 11, 2001.
The 256-page book, published in August 2012.
The county library staff wants everyone in Fauquier to read the same book — the story of a blind man and his dog who survived the World Trade Center terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
The library has selected Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson for the 2018 Fauquier Community Read. It will mark the local library’s first “community read.”

The campaign will include “An Evening with Michael Hingson” on Wednesday, April 11, at Highland School’s Rice Theater in Warrenton. The author will discuss Thunder Dog, answer questions and sign copies of his book during the free program.

The library has hundreds of copies of Thunder Dog in print, e-Book and e-Audio formats, along with kits for reading groups. The library also has placed copies of the book at other locations throughout the county.

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“The library is excited to host the county’s first community read,” library Director Maria Del Rosso said. “Thunder Dog is a compelling story about bravery and diversity. The selection committee made up of library staff and community volunteers feels confident the book will appeal to readers of all ages.”

Published in 2012, the 256-page book tells the story of Mr. Hingson, blind since birth, who escaped with his guide dog Roselle from the World Trade Center on 9/11. Thunder Dog details how the two descended 78 floors and helped others remain calm during the escape.

Additional programs that address themes raised in Thunder Dog will take place in March and April. They will include book club discussions and programs for teens and younger children.

“In the spirit of a community read, individuals are encouraged to pick up a copy of the book, read it and then pass it along to another reader so that they too can participate,” Mrs. Del Rosso said.

To register for Mr. Hingson’s 7 p.m. appearance April 11 in Warrenton, call 540-422-8532 or visit
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BJ · February 7, 2018 at 3:02 pm
Dogs are the best!! And what a wonderful idea to have the community read something uplifting and inspiring. Wish we had a dog in the White House!
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