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Everyday conversations. Extraordinary ideas.

A Book for the 'Burg is a community-wide reading program launched in 2013 to engage our community in conversations around a thought-provoking theme. Community members are encouraged to explore the selected reading and attend a number of related events and activities. 

After a much longer pause than anticipated due to the global pandemic, we are ready to invite the community to join our next conversation. In Spring 2023, our programs will be inspired by Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, which continues to shape the environmental movement more than sixty years after it was published. Program partners include The Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, and JMU Libraries at James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University, and Massanutten Regional Library. When the schedule of events is released, you'll find it right here.

Programs are free, open to the public, do not require participants to have read the selected book and often include workshops, guest lectures, film screenings, youth activities, and facilitated dialogues. Both the readings and events will challenge us to think about how environmental stewardship is and can be integrated into our lives, and to recognize that our choices have significant ethical implications for our own lives, for the lives of those we know in our community, and for the lives of many others in this interconnected world.

For questions and comments, please contact the JMU Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World at or 540-568-5265.

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