A Novel Idea, put on by the Deschutes Public Library Foundation, is the largest community reading program in the state of OR. The program is based on a different book every year and is designed to bring Deschutes County residents together to read, discuss and attend a variety of free cultural and author events taking places at different partnering businesses. Past selections have included stories that take readers all over the world and to different places in time, and allow them to explore issues, ideas, and other perspectives through the lens of a well-told story. Several events based on the book selection take place throughout several days to build and expand on the story’s themes. Past events have included cooking classes, drumming workshops, art classes, and historical presentations, all intended to inspire community conversations. The programs are always free thanks to the support of the Deschutes Public Library Foundation and other sponsors.