White Bear Reads is a "one book - one community" reading program for the White Bear Lake Area including White Bear, Vadnais Heights, Hugo and Centerville. This year's book is Tales of the Road: Highway 61 by Cathy Wurzer. Wurzer is currently the host of Morning Edition on Minnesota Public Radio. She is also the co-host of Almanac, a weekly public affairs program produced by Twin Cities Public Television.

Tales of the Road: Highway 61 tells stories of places along the highway that are well-known, little-known and, in some cases, all but forgotten. Included are stories that range from the Outlaw Bridge at the Canadian border to La Crescent, the Apple Capital of Minnesota, on the southern Minnesota border.

Meet Cathy Wurzer and kickoff the White Bear Reads program at the library in White Bear Lake on February 2 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Cosponsored by Ramsey County Library, White Bear Lake Area Schools and Lake Country Booksellers.

This program is funded in part with money from the vote of Minnesota residents on November 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve our state's arts and cultural heritage.