One Book One Community

one book your voteOne 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 book cover

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 book coverThe 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 book coverStation 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

GGaining ground book coveraining 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


 

 Orphan Train Tops One Vote!

orphan trainReaders in six counties overwhelmingly chose Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline as the 2015 One Book, One Community read over four other titles.

Organizers encourage residents to read the book during between November and January in preparation to attend free programs and discussions that will be held at public libraries during February, which is designated as both Library Lovers’ Month and Book Lovers’ Month.

Then save the date for two culminating events: a “Readers’ Celebration,” which will be held Sunday, March 22 at the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum in Strasburg, PA, and the Author Talk at Beth Israel Synagogue in Lebanon, PA, on Tuesday, May 12!

 

How to Participate

2014/2015 Schedule

August 2014 – Community Votes on 2014 Book
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ctober 20 2014 – Winning Title for 2015 Announced
November 2014 to January 2015 –
Read Orphan Train

Lebanon County Events – Our library events include book discussions beginning January 26, professional actor performance readings in February and March, and the author visit on May 12!

Featured Events

Orphan Train Performance ReadingFebruary 17, 2015 – Orphan Train Performance with the Reading Theater Project at Annville Free Library. 40-minute performance reading of book excerpts, followed by an interactive discussion. 6:30pm.

Rescheduled for March 17th due to weather! March 3, 2015 – Orphan Train Performance with the Reading Theater Project at Lebanon Community Library. 40-minute performance reading of book excerpts, followed by an interactive discussion. 6:30pm.Christina Baker Kline

May 12, 2015  Author VisitChristina Baker Kline at Beth Israel Synagogue in Lebanon. Join us for this special appearance of Christina Baker Kline, author of this year’s One Book Selection!  Tickets will be available March 1 through Beth Israel Synagogue – 717-273-2669.

Book Discussions

Monday, January 26
6:30 pm
Annville Free Library
216 E. Main Street
Annville, PA 17003
717-867-1802
Join us for a discussion of Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Thursday, February 5
2:00 pm
Lebanon Community Library
125 N. 7th Street
Lebanon, PA 17046
717-273-7624
Join us for a discussion of Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Monday, February 9
6:45 pm
Palmyra Public Library
50 Landings Drive, Suite B
Annville, PA 17003
717-838-1347
Join us for a discussion of Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Tuesday, February 17
11 am
Frock Conference Room
Vernon and Doris Bishop Library
Lebanon Valley College
101 N. College Ave.
Annville, PA 17003
717-867-6977
Join us for a discussion of Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

Orphan Train Performance Reading
Tuesday, February 17
6:30 pm
Annville Free Library
216 E. Main Street
Annville, PA 17003
717-867-1802
Reading Theater Group will integrate theater and literature in this special performance reading of Orphan Train.  Join us for an engaging performance by professional actors, followed by an interactive discussion.  For more information visit www.lclibs.org

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
5:30 pm
Matthews Public Library
102 W. Main Street
Fredericksburg, PA  17026
717-865-5523
Join us for a discussion of Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Tuesday, February 24
6:30 pm
Lebanon Community Library
125 N. 7th Street
Lebanon, PA 17046
717-273-7624
Join us for a discussion of Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
7:00 pm
Myerstown Community Library
199 N College St
Myerstown, Pa 17067
717-866-2800
Join us for a discussion of Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Orphan Train Performance Reading
Tuesday, March 3
6:30 pm
Lebanon Community Library
125 N. 7th Street
Lebanon, PA 17046
717-273-7624
Reading Theater Group will integrate theater and literature in this special performance reading of Orphan Train.  Join us for an engaging performance by professional actors, followed by an interactive discussion.  For more information visit www.lclibs.org

Author Visit
Tuesday, May 12
Beth Israel Synagogue
411 S. Eighth Street
Lebanon, PA  17042
Join us for this special appearance of Christina Baker Kline, author of this year’s One Book Selection!  Tickets go on sale March 1 at the Synagogue.

Past One Book Titles

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.