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One Book One Community 2023: The Blues: Home

2023 Community-Wide Reading Program celebrating "The Blues: The Authentic Narrative of My Music & Culture" by Chris Thomas King

The Book: The Blues

The Author: Chris Thomas King

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Enter here for a chance to win a Library Prize Pack courtesy of Country Roads!

• $50 gift card to Jubans Restaurant
• $25 gift card to Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux
• "I Geek the Blues" t-shirt
• The Blues by Chris Thomas King
• Huey 'Piano' Smith and the Rocking  Pneumonia Blues by John Wirt
• Blues from the Bayou by Julian C. Piper
• Blue Library tote bag
• Harmonica
• Other OBOC goodies


One Book One Community 2023

The seventeenth 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, The Blues: The Authentic Narrative of My Music and Culture by Chris Thomas King, is announced at the beginning of 2023.  Free programs will begin in March 2023 and will run through April 2023.  

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 The Blues: The Authentic Narrative of My Music and Culture

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!