To help promote the importance of healthy eating, the Dexter District Library, in conjunction with the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation (CWF), has distributed copies of "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan to area businesses.
The project is part of a region-wide effort spearheaded by the CWF and the Chelsea District Library designed to bring readers, business owners and other community members together to read and discuss one book to build a sense of community while promoting literacy.
The community read also includes the towns of Stockbridge, Chelsea, Manchester and Grass Lake.
"In Defense of Food" is a celebration of food with an invitation to rediscover the joys of eating well by following simple advice.
More than 1,500 copies of the book are beginning to circulate among the five communities with the tag line "Read it, Sign it, Share it" to encourage everyone to read the book, sign the bookplate and pass it on to a neighbor or leave it in a public location.
Four-hundred fifty copies are being distributed in the Dexter area. These pass-it-on books can be found at the , , , , , , , Peace Lutheran Church, , and Webster and Dexter township halls.
A kick-off event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Chelsea Library, 221 South Main St. The kick-off event is sponsored by all five communities and will feature bands, games, tastings, cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities and more.
For more information, call the Dexter District Library at 734-426-4477.