One Book One Independence
The Independence Public Library is excited to announce One Book One Independence, a community-wide reading campaign! Through reading, presentations, events, discussions, and 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.
The One Book One Independence citizens’ committee has chosen Stars Over Clear Lake as this year’s featured book selection. The library will host author Loretta Ellsworth for an author visit on March 26!
Alternating between 2007 and the 1940s, the author transports readers to a time of great music and love woven around the historic Surf Ballroom, and of war and sacrifice in small-town Iowa. Readers learn how the main character makes peace with her memories and finds courage to face buried secrets. According to #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, Stars Over Clear Lake is “a timeless story of love and loss in the wartime American heartland.”
This year, the library also has read-alikes book lists available for further reading. The read-alikes are available in print or digital format. If you do not have a device, you can check on out at IPL. Click on the links below to see the selections.
Stars Over Clear Lake Fiction Read-alikes
World War II POW Nonfiction for Adults
World War II Teen Reads
World War II Kids Reads
Get the Book
Books for One Book One Independence are currently available! Get the books in one of many locations including:
- Independence Public Library
- Em’s Coffee Co.
- Falcon Civic Center
- Laree’s Shoppe of Favorites
- S&K Collectibles
- Little Free Libraries
Borrow a book on the honor system. Then pass it along to a friend or neighbor or return the book to any of the One Book locations. Alternate formats like large print and the audiobook on CD will be available for checkout from the library. Also, copies of the book are available for checkout on the Nooks and through BRIDGES for download to your device.
Tues, February 6 at 2:00 pm
Tues, February 27 at 6:30 pm
Mon, March 5 at 5:30 pm
Experience a variety of programs, all offered free of charge, being offered in February and March to compliment the themes in Stars Over Clear Lake.
Highlights to engage adults include a visit from the author, presentations from the daughter of a POW Camp survivor, the Camp Algona POW Museum, and descendants of the founders of the Gayla Ballroom in Independence. Ballroom dance lessons will also be offered through the Heinz Academy for the Performing Arts with an opportunity to use those skills at a performance by the Cedar Valley Big Band to be held at the Henderson Event Center March 10th.
All ages will have the opportunity to participate in a community-wide art contest celebrating the spirit of Independence, historic storytelling with Darrin Crow, and Trivia Night at the First Presbyterian Church.
Following is a list of opportunities which are linked to more information about the events.
- Jan. 17 –
- Feb. 1 - March 15 – "Celebrate Our Spirit" Art Contest Registration Required
- Feb. 6 -
- Feb. 10 -
- Feb. 11 –(Feb 11, 18, 25) Registration Required
- Feb. 12 - Max Fabricius - POW Camp Survivor
- Feb. 13 - "Celebrate Our Spirit" Art Workshop
- Feb. 16 – Registration Required
- Feb. 18 - Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday 2:00 PM Series at Heinz Academy (Feb 18, 25, Mar 4) Registration Required
- Feb. 19 –
- Feb. 22 –
- Feb. 24 - "Celebrate Our Spirit" Art Workshop
- Feb. 27 – Book Discussion
- March 4 - Trivia Night with IPL held at First Presbyterian Church
- March 5 - Book Discussion
- March 6 - German POWs in America during WWII: The Untold Story
- March 8 - "Celebrate Our Spirit" Art Workshop
- March 10 - Stars Over Independence Big Band Extravaganza at Henderson Event Center
- March 24 - March 31 - "Celebrate Our Spirit" Art Display at IPL
- March 26 - Author visit, Loretta Ellsworth
Sponsors and CommitteeThank 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 made donations!
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 Cheryl Hand, Lynn Isham, Jim Jorgenson, Kathy Kitner, Peggy Magner, Amy McGraw, Judy Olsen, Andy Rasmussen, Brooke Starling, and Kara Vance.
- Donald Greenley Memorial
- Greenley Family Charitable Fund
- Independence Public Library Foundation
- Friends of the Independence Public Library
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