The fourteenth spring One Book One Community initiative is sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, with partner Forum 225. The series will extend throughout the parish and will include schools, libraries, colleges, businesses, and community groups. The selected title, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be announced at the Louisiana State Book Festival on November 2, 2019. Free programs will begin in March 2020 and will run through April 2020.
What Is It?
One Book One Community is a community-wide reading program sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, with partner Forum 225. People from all walks of life are encouraged to read and then discuss Americanah. Programs will occur throughout the library system in partnership with Forum 225.
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.
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!