One Book One Community

gaining groundAuthor Visit – Meet Forrest Pritchard!

May 10 at 8pm
Beth Israel Synagogue
411 S. Eighth Street
Lebanon, PA  17042
Tickets may be reserved by calling 717-273-2669

Gaining Ground: a story of farmers’ markets, local food, and saving the family farm by Forrest Pritchard

A readers’ guide, multi-county events list and other information is available at


We have a variety of programs planned, including book discussions, a movie night,  gardening and organic living programs , and author visit!

Book Discussions:

February 4. 2:00 pm
Lebanon Community Library. 717-273-7624

February 8. 6:45 pm
Palmyra Public Library. 717-838-1347

February 16. 7:00 pm
Myerstown Community Library. 717-866-2800

February 23. 5:30 pm
Matthews Public Library. 717-865-5523

February 23. 6:00 pm
Lebanon Community Library. 717-273-7624

March 2. 6:30 pm
Richland Community Library. 717-866-4939

April 5. 6:00 pm
Lebanon Community Library. 717-273-7624

Gardening and Organic Living Programs

one book gardening


Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Native Plants in Your Garden
Learn about pollinators and the benefits of native plants in your backyard, presented by Penn State Extension Master Gardener Program.

Container Vegetable Gardening
Learn about vegetable gardening in containers in this program presented by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners.

ORGANIC Living in the Home
Penn State extension master gardeners will present a workshop on maintaining a toxin free home.
Learn about cleaning supply alternatives, water cycles, and waste reduction and more.

ORGANIC Farms – buying local and organic
How does organic farming benefit you? Learn about benefits of organic foods, buying local, & of grass-fed and free range animal meats.

Presented by Landisdale Farm

Planning and Planting Heirloom Seeds
Presented by Landis Valley Farm

Movie Night Featuring Fresh: The Movie

April 1. 6:00 pm
Richland Community Library. 111 E. Main Street. Richland, PA 17087. 717-866-4939

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. FRESH features urban farmer, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball.

Author Visit – Forrest PritchardForrest Pritchard

May 10

Beth Israel Synagogue
411 S. Eighth Street
Lebanon, PA  17042
Tickets may be reserved by calling 717-273-2669



One Book, Your Vote  – Voting is open August 1-31, 2015

Choose the title you are most interested in reading and discussing or attending programming about during February and March 2016.

VOTE ONLINE or pick up a ballot at your local library!

Meet the Candidates:

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
Before the Selma march, before Birmingham Sunday, before the March on Washington and the “I Have a Dream” speech, nine black high school students volunteered to integrate the Little Rock High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was 1957.  This memoir is the story of one of those nine children and what they all endured in that year — the unrelenting bullying and physical brutality faced with indifference by the faculty and staff as to what was happening to them. This book is the most important and memorable one you will read about the civil rights movement from someone who survived that year.

Summary by Betsy Fordon, OBOC Selection Committee Member

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings is a fictionalized account of the Grimké sisters, Sarah and Angelina (Nina), prominent voices in the abolitionist and women’s rights movements.  Their story is intertwined with the story of Hetty, a slave in the Grimké’s Charleston household.  Historically accurate, this novel delves into America’s past with a captivating story that is sure to touch all readers.

Summary by Mary Jo Keiter, OBOC Selection Committee Co-Chair

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Just like a small stream, a thread of commonality runs through this futuristic novel. Arthur Leander, a movie actor trying to revive his career, dies of a heart attack while on stage performing King Lear, and as all roads lead to Rome, all the storylines here come back to Arthur. Shortly after his death, a pandemic virus destroys most of the Earth’s population, ending the modern electrical-dependent civilization we know. The surviving characters have to live without electrical lights, cell phones, iPads and all the rest to which they have become accustomed. A travelling troupe of Shakespearean troubadours and musicians brings the story full circle and ties the remaining communities together. Could you live your life stranded in a deserted airport or traveling on foot from one small community to another?

Summary by Kathy Hale, OBOC Selection Committee Member

Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard
Fresh out of college, Forrest Pritchard had grand ideas about saving his family’s farm in Berryville, Virginia; but when all the expenses were paid and the grand profit was $18.16, he knew he had to do something differently and quickly.  Having visited Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm, Forrest knew he could make a living from sustainable farming but just how he does it makes up his experiences in Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmer’s Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm.  With plenty of humorous stories of both animals and humans, Pritchard charts his course from a know-nothing young farmer to a purveyor of sustainable, locally raised, high-class products sold at farmers’ markets in the Washing, DC area where Smith Meadows Farm continues to serve its customers every weekend.

Summary by Kris Peters, OBOC Selection Committee Member

Past One Book Titles

2015 – Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

2014 – The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

2013 – The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

2012 – Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

2011 – The Help by Kathryn Stockett

2010 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

2009 – The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

2008 – The Grace that Keeps this World by Tom Bailey

2007 – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

2006 – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

2005 – The White by Deborah Larsen

2004 – Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam, Jr.

2003 – A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

2003 – Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

What is the One Book, One Community Our Region Reads! Campaign?

Community-wide reading, or “One Book,” programs are designed to promote the value of reading by recommending a compelling book that links the community in a common conversation.

One Book programs encourage dialogue about a particular book, but also foster lifelong learning and the development of a strong community identity.

This year the campaign reflects collaboration among six counties:

Berks,  Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York Counties.

Academic library partners include Harrisburg Area Community College libraries, the State Library of PA, Lebanon Valley College, Shippensburg University Library, and others.

The partnership represents more than 90 public libraries and two bookmobiles in a combined community of nearly 2 million people.