It’s the time of year when high school football is on the minds of students and fans all across the United States. It unites communities and fosters friendly rivalries while teaching students the value of teamwork, giving your best, and good sportsmanship. On Friday nights in the fall across America, fans pack the stands to watch their local boys play.
But do we, as Americans, have a proper perspective when it comes to high school sports? Do we take high school athletics more seriously than we should, perhaps at the expensive of academics?
In 1988, H.G. Bissinger spent a year following a high school team in West Texas, in a community that is obsessed with its local team. The result was the book Friday Night Lights, which Sports Illustrated named one of the top five sports books of all time. The book was later the basis for both a movie and a TV series.
On Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m., LTPL’s Generation Next Book Group will meet at the library to discuss Friday Night Lights. If you’d like to join us, stop by the library in advance to pick up a copy of the book. The book group is always looking for new members, and we would be happy to have you join us on October 24.