One Book One Community organizers are once again asking the public to vote for next year’s One Book, One Community (OBOC) book selection! The public vote initiative is a way to promote community involvement in the selection of the title, rather than handing over a single title each year. This year there are four titles on the ballot. The 2021 OBOC regional campaign represents collaboration between 40 libraries in four counties: Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and York.
Click here to view the OBOC finalists’ brochure and to read more about each title.
How the voting works.
From a ballot with four book titles that made the final grade by the Book Selection committee, you are asked to pick one of the four books that YOU would be interested in reading and discussing in 2021. Vote for your choice during October 1-31 either online at oboc.org or at the library. Organizers will announce the 2021 title in early December for the read to begin in January. Books and eBooks will be available to borrow. Discussions and related programs will begin in February, designated as both Library Lovers’ Month and Book Lovers’ Month, and will be held throughout the Spring.
Once again, the choices for the 2021 One Book read stretch us out of our comfort zone:
1. In the Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick, we get to travel along with a 69-year-old widower on a world-wide quest to uncover things from his wife’s past. Along the way, he (and we) find healing in the most unusual places.
2. Andrea Wulf transports us back to the roots of our country’s founding with the interest of gardening and botany by our first leaders. Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the shaping of American Nation describes the passion that Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison had for shaping the land as well as our country.
3. Pour a pint of your favorite brew to enjoy the story of the Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradel. With the popularity of craft breweries sweeping small towns and big cities alike, this will be a fun read with some family drama on tap.
4. Elizabeth Acevedo is back with another Teen read (for adults too) with Fire On High. Emoni Santiago is a Latina high school senior balancing school, a toddler, her abuela (grandma), and trying to plan for a successful culinary career! Really!!! Emoni spices things up to make it work.