One Book One Independence 2018

Fundraising has been successful for OBOI 2018!!  Thank you for your donations!

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The Library Foundation has met the goal of $6,000 for OBOI 2018!  Special thanks to our sponsors, those donating $500 or more to the project!  Following are the OBOI 2018 Sponsors:
  • Greenley Family Charitable Fund
  • Independence Public Library Foundation
  • Donald Greenley Trust
  • Friends of the Independence Public Library
All the donations are appreciated and helped the IPL Foundation to make the goal for the third annual OBOI!  We couldn't do it without the wide array of community support. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

One Book One Independence Planning 2018

The citizen's committee for OBOI 2018 is busy reading books in order to make the title selection for next year's project! Everything is top secret right now!  

The title announcement will be made on January 17 as well as books being made available at that time!  Programs for One Book will be in February and March.

Background Information:
What is One Book One Independence?

Independence Public Library launched the community reading campaign, One Book One Independence (OBOI), two years ago with the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  The 2017 selection was Arrowood by Laura McHugh.  Through reading, events, discussions, and performances; OBOI builds a sense of community and encourages relationships while promoting literacy.

Why One Book One Independence (OBOI)?

What did people like about One Book One Independence?  These are a few comments from the follow-up survey:
"The togetherness it fosters throughout the community."
"Promotes community connectedness."
 "The connection made to the architecture of Independence homes helped  community members learn more about their hometown and gain a new level  of pride...It also stimulated a lot of interest in local history."
"I liked the incorporation of the arts, theatre, history and  architecture into the project.  I never saw the intiative as just  promoting 'reading' or 'literacy' but as a comprehensive approach to how  a piece of literature can be interdisciplinary."

If you are interested in donating to the library foundation, please click here to go to the Independence Public Library Foundation.