In 2022 a record 90 Capitol Lakes residents read “The Storied Life of AJ Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin. Originally envisioned as a community program to combat the doldrums of February, the Omicron surge of January found residents once again mostly isolated in their apartments searching for ways to keep busy and active.
“I was so grateful to our Foundation as well as local bookstore, Mystery to Me, for quickly moving up the dates for the planned Capitol Lakes Community Read,” recounts Tim Conroy, Capitol Lakes’ Executive Director. “I personally loved the book and know our residents appreciated the distraction during a time when programs had to be cancelled in order to keep everyone safe.”
Capitol Lakes resident, Carola Winkle, also appreciated the timing and tone of the book. “It was an enjoyable book particularly well suited to the pandemic partial 'shut-down'. It was uplifting for our spirits."
After restrictions were eased, the Foundation hosted opportunities for residents who had read the book to once again come together to discuss. Again, a record 40 residents signed up to attend one of four book discussion groups.
Conroy, who led one of the groups, noted that “the residents who attended loved the story. They drove the conversation which was incredibly engaging and made me appreciate the book even more. I am already looking forward to next year’s selection!”
Programs like Capitol Lakes Community Read are made possible because of the generous support of our donors. We are grateful to everyone who does so much to enhance the living experience for all those who call Capitol Lakes home.