2021 A Summer Read

October 11 Author Event has been postponed until April 2022.

Summer Read - You Belong

You Belong: a call for connection by Sebene Selassie is this year's Transforming Health Summer Read project, celebrating its 9th year in 2021. Our goal this year is to align Summer Read to complement Transforming Health’s “Here With You”–a special campaign designed to promote physical and mental resiliency as we all grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. During these difficult times, there is one thing we know we can do – come together – virtually and hopefully soon in person. We can find ways to help the most vulnerable members of our community and encourage each other and our families to maintain our health and mental wellness. We feel You Belong is a great fit as it’s an inspirational book with a focus on connection.

Sebene Selassie
Author Seben Selassie
During the Summer Read, readers throughout Central Pennsylvania are encouraged to check out and read a copy of the book (available in print, eBook, and eAudiobook). After reading the book, you can use the provided discussion guide (PDF) to continue the conversation. Talk about it with friends, family, coworkers, and book discussion groups.


Don’t forget to complete the survey to enter a raffle! Thirty winners across south-central PA will receive a copy of the book. Entries must be submitted online or to your participating library by September 30, 2021.

A Summer Read is a unique community partnership of WITF’s Transforming Health and Central PA library systems with additional support from WellSpan Health and Capital BlueCross. Learn more at TransformingHealth.org.


Summer Read Thursdays

During the month of August, York County Libraries will be hosting a series of Zoom meetings surrounding topics inspired by this year’s book selection. Presenters from York County Libraries and Wellspan Health, a Transforming Health partner, will lead these sessions.

Click any title to RSVP to save your seat, but you only need to RSVP once to gain access to all four sessions.

August 5 | 6:30 PM on Zoom: You Belong: Whether You Know it or Not 

August 12 | 6:30 PM on Zoom: You Belong: Here and Now 

August 19 | 6:30 PM on Zoom: You Belong: Because You Matter (and So Do They) 

August 26 | 6:30 PM on Zoom: You Belong: The Beginning and the End 


In-Person Events

Thursday, September 2 | 5:30 PM: You Belong: With Us POSTPONED: New date to be determined.

Offers an exploration of tools you can use to care for yourself, others, and our shared world. This live event will be held at Dover Community Center at 3700 Davidsburg Road in Dover, PA.  A separate RSVP is required for this event.


Virtual Event

Monday, October 11 | 6:00 PM - A Summer Read: Beyond the Pages Author Event POSTPONED Until April 2022

Transforming Health reporter Keira McGuire will moderate a discussion and audience Q&A with author Sebene Selassie. Register to view the livestreamed event.  Learn more and RSVP.

Note: The in-person event has been canceled due to COVID concerns and will just be held virtually.

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October 05, 2021