One Book One Independence 2018

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 Linda 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."

How can the library offer OBOI 2018?

After two successful years of OBOI with featured titles, Orphan Train and Arrowood, the citizen committee and the library would like to do it again!  In order to provide a One Book One Community, the library needs to raise money.  

The library will run a Give Me $5 Campaign between July 19 and August 2.    This is a way for everybody to give a little and make a big impact!    The public is welcome to donate money at the library or online!


What is needed?

The Library Foundation has $4,200 available as of July 27 for OBOI 2018. The tour of historic homes from 2017, the Independence Public Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Library have all helped the Foundation with this goal.  Donations thus far to Give Me $5 have also helped greatly!  The goal for OBOI 2018 is $6,000.

The public is welcome to donate money at the library or online!  We thank you in advance for your generosity...we couldn't do it without a wide array of support. 


If you would like to sponsor the program, $500 or more will put you or your organization at the sponsorship level. 
If you would like to donate online, click the "Donate" button above. It is linked to PayPal for secure payment, but you do not need a PayPal  account to use it...just fill out the information using your credit card.  A fee will be taken out of each donation of 2.2% plus a $0.30 transaction fee. These are the lowest fees the foundation  has located for online donations.

If you are interested in donating to the library in person, checks can be made out to the Independence Public Library Foundation, or IPL Foundation.   You may also mail a donation.  Please download and print the pdf  donation form below and send it with your check, made out to the IPL Foundation, to:

Independence Public Library Foundation
805 1st St East
Independence, Iowa 50644

If you have any questions or would like to speak to Laura Blaker, the  director, about a donation, please call 319-334-2470 or email  Thank you so much for your support!