"One Book" Concept Sweeps the Country’s Libraries

“One Book??? Concept Sweeps the Country’s Libraries
If you’re writing your memoir, you probably enjoy reading. Many communities have encouraged their residents’ love of reading with a simple initiative, “One Book.??? The idea is for everyone in the community to read a selected book and then gather to discuss it, perhaps inviting the author to town to participate and scheduling ancillary events. Typically, the library assumes the focus and administration of the activities.
Detroit book enthusiasts are spending the year exploring The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. In Richardson, TX, they’re reading Jamie Ford’s best-selling first novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Chicago, which selects a book twice each year, chose Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman for spring 2011, while just north in Wilmette, IL, this year’s single selection is Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. For its fourth annual “One Book??? event, the North Plains, OR, Public Library opted to commemorate the city’s centennial by selecting Ivan Doig’s The Whistling Season, set in 1911. In Louden County, VA, Bicycles: Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni supports the library’s year-long theme, “Try Poetry.???
If you would like to launch a “one book??? program in your community, start with the American Libraries Association’s page of resources, where you’ll find this link to a guide that covers everything from budgeting to marketing to book selection. For children, growing up in a community that values reading is a nice advantage. For adults, it can become a social connection to meet literary-minded neighbors.

If you’re writing your memoir, you probably enjoy reading. Many communities encourage their residents’ love of reading through a simple initiative, “One Book.” The idea is for everyone in the community to read a selected book and then gather to discuss it, perhaps inviting the author to town to participate and scheduling ancillary events. Typically, the library assumes the focus and administration of the activities.

Detroit book enthusiasts are spending the year exploring The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. In Richardson, TX, they’re reading Jamie Ford’s best-selling first novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Chicago, which selects a book twice each year, chose Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman for spring 2011, while just north in Wilmette, IL, this year’s single selection is Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. For its fourth annual “One Book??? event, the North Plains, OR, Public Library opted to commemorate the city’s centennial by selecting Ivan Doig’s The Whistling Season, set in 1911. In Louden County, VA, Bicycles: Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni supports the library’s year-long theme, “Try Poetry.”

If you would like to launch a “one book” program in your community, start with the American Libraries Association’s page of resources, where you’ll find this link to a guide that covers everything from budgeting to marketing to book selection. For children, growing up in a community that values reading is a nice advantage. For adults, it can become a social connection to meet literary-minded neighbors.