One Book One Independence

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Connect


The Independence Public Library is excited to announce One Book One Independence, a community-wide reading campaign!  Through reading, events, discussions, performances; One Book One Independence will build a sense of community and encourage relationships while promoting literacy.

Conceived in 1998 in Seattle, Washington, the “One Book, One Community” concept sparks community dialog through a shared reading experience.  The goal of the program is to have as many people as possible reading and discussing the same book in order to build a community of readers. 

Libraries are anything but quiet – join in the noise and connect with your community – one page at a time.
 


Read


The One Book One Independence citizens’ committee has chosen Arrowood as this year’s featured book selection. This is the second novel by author Laura McHugh, who won several awards for her first book, Weight of Blood. The library will host McHugh for an author visit on March 9!

Published in 2016, Arrowood is a novel about a young woman’s return to her childhood home—and her encounter with the memories and family secrets it holds.

The home is the most ornate and grand of the historical homes that line the Mississippi River in southern Iowa. But the house has a mystery it has never revealed: It’s where Arden Arrowood’s younger twin sisters vanished on her watch twenty years ago—never to be seen again. For all these years, Arden has held on to the hope that her sisters are still alive, and it seems she can't move forward until she finds them.

McHugh has written a powerful and resonant novel that examines the ways in which our lives are shaped by memory, and in which nothing is as it seems.
 

Author Laura McHugh

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Get the Book 


Books for One Book One Independence are currently available!  Get the books in one of many locations, including the Buttermilk Cafe, Em’s Coffee Co., the Falcon Civic Center, Laree’s Shoppe of Favorites, S&K Collectibles, and the Little Free Libraries. These can be borrowed on the honor system and returned to any of the One Book locations.  

Copies of the book are also available from the library. 
 

Share

Book Discussions take place in February and March.  There are four scheduled at the library during various times and days.  You are also welcome to set up your own discussion or read it as part of a book discussion group in which you are already involved.
February
Tues, February 28 at 2:00 pm
Tues, February 28 at 6:30 pm
March
Sat, March 4 at 10:00 am
Mon, March 13 at 5:00 pm
Mon, March 7 at 6:30 pm
Thurs, March 24 at 12:00 pm
Mon, March 7 at 6:30 pm
Thurs, March 24 at 12:00 pm
Mon, March 7 at 6:30 pm
Thurs, March 24 at 12:00 pm
There is also a One Book One Independence (OBOI) Online Forum, where discussion on the book and anything related to OBOI
is welcome.  The forum is part of the library's website, and can be found at:  tinyurl.com/oboiforum.  You do need to set up a username and password with the city/library website if you have not done so already.  This will allow you to participate in the discussion and in any other future Community Connection topics.
 
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Engage


Experience a variety of programs, all offered free of charge, being offered in February and March to compliment the themes in Arrowood.  Four book discussions will be held at the library as well as an online book discussion (see information under Share above). 


Theatrical performances; presentations on the historic architecture of Independence, about Iowa cold cases, forensics, and Memories; an author visit, a tour of historic homes, canvas painting, Junior Spy Training for kids, and live clue and an interactive murder mystery for teens round out the One Book One Independence experience.  Following is a list of opportunities which are linked to more information about the events.  You can also look at the calendar of events to see more information.

Each opportunity is free and will be held at the library unless a different location is stated.  
 

  • Feb. 1- April 30 – Books available at the library and various One Book locations
  • Feb. 16 – Ancestry.com Class with Kim Van Deest
  • Feb. 17 – Online book discussion begins on One Book One Independence Facebook Page
  • Feb. 22 – Storyteller Pippa White performs The Story of the Orphan Train
  • March 8 – Ancestry.com Class with Kim Van Deest
  • March 15 – What’s Your Story? Writing a Memoir  with Jacquie McTaggart and Memoir Project participants
  • March 29 – PBS documentary, The Orphan Trains, shown at Starlight Cinema
  • April 2 – Spring Adventures in the Heartland with Dan Wardell at Heartland Acres
  • April 5 – Emily’s Story by author, film-maker, and ancestor of an orphan train rider Clark Kidder
  • April 15-April 16 –Rails to the Unknown, Rails to Home original theater production by the local River Arts Theater at First Presbyterian Church.
Each opportunity is free and will be held at the library unless a different location is stated.  Historical exhibits about the Orphan Train Riders and their experiences will also be on display throughout the months at the library. 

Sponsors and Committee


Thank you to the sponsors of One Book One Independence for making this project possible.  Sponsors include the Independence Hotel/Motel Tax Grant, Friends of the Independence Public Library, LACES, and the Independence Public Library Foundation.  

Thanks also to the One Book One Independence committee, as each member spent many hours reading, discussing and making decisions about One Book One Independence 2016.  Committee members include Lynn Isham, Virginia Lake, Amy McGraw, Judy Olsen, Andy Rasmussen, Brooke Starling, Kara Vance, Alissa Westphal and Nancy White.

More information


You are welcome to call 319-334-2470 or email iplprograms@gmail.com for more information.  

Sponsors and Committee

Thank you to the sponsors of One Book One Independence for making One Book One Independence possible.  We appreciate your generous support!  Thanks also to all the individuals who donated money during our Give Me $5 Campaign.  

Sponsors include:
  • Leona Greenley Memorial
  • Independence Public Library Foundation
  • Friends of the Independence Public Library
  • LACES
  • Susan Garber 
The One Book One Independence Committee deserves our thanks as well, as each member spent many hours reading, discussing and making decisions about One Book One Independence 2017.  Committee members include Lynn Isham, Jim Jorgenson, Kathy Kitner, Amy McGraw, Judy Olsen, Andy Rasmussen, Lorene Shonka, Brooke Starling, and Kara Vance. 
 
Check out the One Book One Independence Forum, Facebook, and Twitter!  Tell us what you think of the book, events, and the One Book Project.  

You are also welcome to call 319-334-2470 or email iplprograms@gmail.com for more information.