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Canton Library to Have Discussions for 'Beloved,' 'Waterland'

Forums will be free and open to readers 16 and older.

will host a book discussion for two books whose inclusion in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools AP English curriculum , according to a news release from the library.

Beloved, by Toni Morrison, will be the featured title of a Feb. 27 discussion and Waterland, by Graham Swift, will be discussed on March 27. Both discussions will begin at 7 p.m.

Both books , parents of a AP English student. The Dames cited the books' sexual, violent and thematic content as inappropriate for instruction in a public school setting.

Beloved was AP English curriculum after review by a committee assembled by the district. Waterland with the same process, but with different committee members, Frank Rugirello Jr., the district's director of community relations, said.

“By hosting a discussion of these books, we can give our community a shared experience and promote a dialogue around the perspectives each individual brings from reading the book,” Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin, department head of adult services, said in the news release. “The public library is an excellent forum for connecting our community in this manner.”

The discussion will be led by library staff and is open to anyone in the Plymouth-Canton community ages 16 and older, the news release said. Those interested in participating can register and pick up a copy of the book at the Canton Public Library beginning Jan. 30.

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