LEWISTON – One Book/One Community, L-A Reads! has launched its 2005 communitywide reading program with “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America” by Barbara Ehrenreich.

This year’s title was a 2001 nonfiction bestseller and notable book of the year, which combines passion and wit to provide insight into the often invisible workforce that fuels the service economy.

As part of this year’s activity, One Book/One Community, L-A Reads! will feature “Struggling to Get By in Lewiston-Auburn” discussion program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at Lewiston-Auburn College.

Rex Rhoades, executive editor of the Sun Journal, will moderate the discussion by L-A community leaders: Linda M. Hertell, president, Richardson Hollow Mental Health; Mary Kozicki LaFontaine, manager, Lewiston CareerCenter; Barbara Rankins, neighborhood coordinator, Empower Lewiston; Nancy Reynolds, team leader, Advocates for Children; and Mark Schlotterbeck, city missionary, Calvary United Methodist Church.

“Nickel and Dimed” is available for loan at the Lewiston and Auburn public libraries and may be reserved by calling either library.

One Book/One Community is a partnership of the Lewiston and Auburn public libraries, Lewiston Adult Education, Auburn Adult Education, Literacy Volunteers Androscoggin, the Sun Journal, Book Burrow and Caf, Mr. Paperback, WaldenBooks and University of Southern Maine/Lewiston-Auburn.

For more information, call the Auburn Public Library at 782-3191 or the Lewiston Public Library at 784-0135.

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