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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

This might be your cup of tea

NEW HAVEN - The February selection for the Elm Street Book Group at the New Haven Public Library is "Three Cups of Tea," by Greg Mortenson.

The book is his account of his mission to promote peace by building schools in Pakistan, organizers said.

The discussion group will meet 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 17, at 133 Elm St.

Copies of "Three Cups of Tea" are now available for checkout.

In a press release, organizers said these words were taken from the cover: "In 1993 Greg Mortenson drifted into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram mountains after a failed attempt to climb K2. Moved by the inhabitants' kindness, he promised to return and build a school. Three Cups of Tea is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade Mortenson built not just one but 55 schools--especially for girls--in the forbidding terrain that gave birth to the Taliban. His story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit."

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The Elm Street Book Group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the library, and new participants are always welcome. There is no charge, and free parking is available. Readers who register in advance will receive a coupon to pick up a free coffee or tea for the discussion, compliments of Blue State Coffee on Wall St.

Details at or call 203-946-8835.


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