The sixteenth spring One Book One Community initiative is sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. The series will extend throughout the parish and will include schools, libraries, colleges, businesses, and community groups. The selected title, Atchafalaya Houseboat by Gwen Roland, is announced at the beginning of 2022. Free programs will begin in March 2022 and will run through April 2022.
What Is It?
One Book One Community is a community-wide reading program sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. People from all walks of life are encouraged to read and then discuss Atchafalaya Houseboat.
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.
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!