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One Book, One Community 2018

The twelfth spring One Book/One Community initiative is sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, with partner Forum 35.  The series will extend throughout the parish and will include schools, libraries, colleges, businesses, and community groups.  The selected title, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly will be announced at the Louisiana State Book Festival on October 28, 2017.  Free programs will begin in February 2018 and will run through April 2018.  

What Is It?

One Book/One Community is a community-wide reading program sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, with partner Forum 35. People from all walks of life, including middle and high school students, are encouraged to read and then discuss Hidden Figures:The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. Programs will occur throughout the library system in partnership with Forum 35.

The concept started in 1998 with the Washington Center for the Book's project, "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book"; today, cities and towns all over the nation strengthen their communities through a celebration of reading. 

Why participate?

One Book/One Community expands the world of the reader by providing a broader and deeper understanding of literature.

Reading great literature provokes people to think about their environment, their relationships, and themselves. Talking about great literature with friends, family and neighbors or co-workers add richness and depth to the experience of reading.

This information sharing strengthens our community - we develop a sense of community around the shared experience of reading and talking about one great book.

Does it really work?

Yes! Reading sparks our imaginations, raises questions, exposes us to different viewpoints, and shapes our understanding of the world.

The shared experience of reading and discussing the same book provides the community with the opportunity to start an open dialogue with friends, neighbors, and coworkers!

About the Author


Margot Lee Shetterly grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where she knew many of the women in her book Hidden Figures. She is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and the recipient of a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grant for her research on women in computing. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. -HarperCollins


 Learn more about the author at  or follow her on Twitter @margotshetterly




Photo credit: Aran Shetterly