Community Read: HOW IT HAPPENS book registration

January 11, 2023 - February 15, 2023

Sterling Heights Public Library

Arts & Culture, Library

Community Read: HOW IT HAPPENS book registration

Join in a community-wide read of the young adult novel, How It Happens. Written by local author Jean Alicia Elster, How It Happens is the intergenerational story of three Black women and their struggle to stake their claim to the American dream. While it is a young adult novel, this community read is for both teens and adults.

Sterling Heights Library card holders can register to receive a free copy of the book starting December 15, 2022, while supplies last. The book will be available at the checkout desk starting at 3 p.m. the day after you register. This is for Sterling Heights card holders, 13 and up, only. Please one copy per library card number. Once registered, please pick up the book within two weeks and show ID or library card. 


For those unable to register for a free copy, ebook formats are available for check out on with a library card. If you would like to purchase the book, please consider purchasing through a local bookstore on, such as Oak Park, Michigan's Book Beat.


All are welcome to participate in the Community Read. Book club guides can be found on the author's website for further discussion. All are invited to attend the Author Reading & Discussion on Feb. 15, 2023. Follow this link for details and registration


January 11, 2023

All Day

Add to Calendar


Google Map Link

Sterling Heights Public Library

40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48313


Sterling Heights Public Library

(586) 446-2640

Email Us

LocalHop Mobile App

Do you have the LocalHop mobile app?

Download it now to get information on local events like this one happening right in your favorite communities!

Download for iOS Download for Android
LocalHop Logo Loading Spinner