PLS Reads 2021 is here, and readers have selected the novel The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore, as the featured book for this year’s initiative.

Each year PLS identifies a topic that is relevant on a community, state, and national level. Members of the community select a book to be read and PLS provides programming throughout the year to explore and discuss the issue further.

The Pioneer Library System will present multiple monthly book discussions to take place throughout the year, leading up to a presentation featuring author Wes Moore during November.

The topic chosen for PLS Reads 2021 is poverty, and the book will be Wes Moore’s 2010 novel on the lives of two young men who share a name but quite a different story.

Place a hold on a physical copy of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates in our catalog, or download the audiobook or the ebook from OverDrive. The audiobook and ebook version are always available for the duration of PLS Reads, so there won't be a wait for a copy.

A little about the book, from its publisher, One World:

"Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world." 

Those who read this book are encouraged to take a look at several similar titles that may catch their interest as well.

For the past 14 years, PLS has participated in both The Big Read and PLS Reads, inspired by the National Endowment for the Arts. Activities now will continue into the future under the “PLS Reads” theme.

PLS Reads 2021 is sponsored by the Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation.