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Join us and our community partners for the third year of our Community Read—a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and then start a conversation.

As we watch the progress of the New Heights Fountain Revitalization Project and learn more about the Main Fountain Garden through the Longwood Lecture Series, we have been thinking a lot about the man who created it all, Pierre S. du Pont. This one man has inspired so many people with his vision. Given that context, the powerful idea of “one person to inspire many” is the perfect theme for our 2016 Community Read. Both books feature stories of spirited women who inspired their communities.

In Grandma Gatewood’s Walk (2014), Ben Montgomery traces the story of an unlikely heroine—a woman who, to escape personal struggles, in 1955 embarks on a journey of several thousand miles of rugged terrain and often ill-marked trails…alone…without any equipment…at the age of 67. Achieving more than escape or solitude, she becomes the first woman to through-hike the 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Her act of walking became an inspiration to others. She began to focus much-needed attention on Appalachian Trail conditions and rallied support for the Trail.

In On Meadowview Street (2007), author Henry Cole tells the story of a little girl, Caroline, whose inspiration transforms her new neighborhood. Caroline first makes a connection with a small flower. That connection grows… and grows.

Both are fun and engaging to read. These books inspired us to explore the simple act of walking in nature, and to plant a flower (or two)! We want to share both with our community.

Community Read books available:

For purchase at major booksellers
As an eBook: Kindle, Nook, & iBook

For borrowing at most libraries in
New Castle County, DE
Chester County, PA
Delaware County, PA


We’ll be talking about the books on social media. Be sure to follow us and share your ideas using the hashtag #LongwoodRead.

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