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One Book One Community 2021: The Yellow House: Home

2021 Community-Wide Reading Program

The Book: The Yellow House

The Author: Sarah M. Broom

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"My writing attempts to fill in the “blank spaces” on the map, to redraw a map that includes those neighborhoods and streets and cities whose people are deemed not to matter, whose voices do not make it onto the official recording, those made to play supporting when they are, in fact, lead." - From Author's Website,

One Book One Community 2021

The fifteenth 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, The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom, is announced at the end of 2020.  Free programs will begin in February 2021 and will run through April 2021.  

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 The Yellow House. 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. 

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!