Pierce College is hosting three special events to help the community enjoy “Three Cups of Tea,” this year’s featured selection in the Pierce County READS program.
The program invites thousands of people to read, share, and discuss the same book at the same time, and includes more than 40 free programs and events on such topics as literacy, mountain search and rescue, mountain climbing, and volunteerism, all key themes in “Three Cups of Tea.”
Pierce College is participating by hosting an open discussion group at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at the library classroom, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood.
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is also hosting a conversation with “Three Cups of Tea” co-author David Oliver Relin at 11 a.m. March 13 at the campus Health Education Center. Relin will discuss his experiences with travel and personal development.
These events are free and open to everyone.
“Three Cups of Tea” is the story of mountain climber Greg Mortenson, who was injured in 1993 after climbing K2. He wandered into a nearby village, where the residents there nursed him back to health. He promised then to help them build a school. Four years later, he built that school and his subsequent organization, Mortenson’s Central Asia Institute, has since built nearly 80 other schools in impoverished villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The book is available at Pierce County libraries, as well as in both campus libraries and at the college bookstores. For more information on Pierce County READS, visit www.piercecountylibrary.org/reading-books/2009-pierce-county.