On the Same Page: Virginia Beach Reads “The Dirty Life”

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

This October, Virginia Beach Public Library brings sustainability, farming and local food to the forefront with a community reading program, “On the Same Page: Virginia Beach Reads ‘The Dirty Life.’” The library is hosting discussions and related programming based on Kristin Kimball’s book, “The Dirty Life: a Memoir of Farming, Food and Love,” a real-life “Green Acres” story.

“The goal is to bring neighbors together to read and talk about the same book at the same time,” said Lennis Sullivan, the librarian coordinating the program for Virginia Beach Public Library. “We selected ‘The Dirty Life’ because of its themes of farming and sustainability, which have always been important in our community.”


Everyone in Virginia Beach is encouraged to read Kimball’s book, available in a variety of formats at the library, and celebrate Virginia Beach’s rich agricultural history with a full menu of food and farming programs all month long, with something for all ages. Topics include canning, preserving, rain barrels, herb gardening, sensible seafood with the Virginia Aquarium, a discussion about the food system and more.

On the Same Page culminates Oct. 26 with a Farm Fare Finale at Central Library and a Skype chat with author Kristin Kimball. Residents can explore local farming and sustainable living and enjoy crafts for kids and live music from local band, Blue Tattoo.

For more details, including a program guide, visit www.VBgov.com/SamePage.


For more information about Virginia Beach Public Library, visit www.VBgov.com/libraries.