The author of a recently republished book on growing up in Sidney will be doing a reading at the Sidney Memorial Public Library.

"My Town is a Cathedral _ My Memories of Sidney," by Chuck D'Imperio, a local radio personality, contains his two volumes about growing up in the village during the '50s and '60s. He will be reading and signing books on June 11 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

Sidney assistant library director Robin Sanford said that a lot of people have borrowed D'Imperio's books from the library. ``Chuck has written some wonderful things about this town,'' she said.

"We love having local authors come to the library," she said. Besides the regular material, he added a chapter on the Flood of 2006 that is sure to be of interest, she said.

D'Imperio, of Oneonta, said that he thought the books printed in the late '90s had run their course. But with the 10th anniversary coming up, he said he found there were a lot of people who still wanted a copy.

Since it has been on sale for about one month, he said he has been hearing from people around the world who said how "heartwarming" the glimpse into small-town American is.

D'Imperio was born in 1949 and grew up working in his father's Main Street store, Don's Supermarket.

"It's a wonderful window" to view a community through, he said.

Anyone interested in the book can find information about ordering it at

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