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, 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.
 


Read


The One Book One Independence citizens’ committee has chosen What She Left Behind as this year’s featured book selection.  During the March book discussion, IPL will host a conference call with author Ellen Marie Wiseman!

Merging the past and present, What She Left Behind follows a young museum worker as she discovers a decades old journal inside a shuttered state asylum and is compelled to piece together the journal owner's fate—with shocking and unexpected results.

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 one out at IPL.  Click on the links below to access the lists.

Author Ellen Marie Wiseman

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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:
  • 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 eReaders and through BRIDGES for download to your device.

Share

Book Discussions take place in February and March.  There are three 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
Mon, February 11 at 6:00 pm
Tues, February 25 at 6:30 pm
March
Mon, March 5 at 2:00 pm - Conference Call with the Author

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

Engage


Experience a variety of programs, all free of charge, being offered in February and March to compliment the themes in What She Left Behind. 


Highlights to engage adults include a conference call with the author, presentations on the history of the MHI by Mike Cook and Michelle Ficken, and promoting mental health awareness by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Programs for teens and adults feature MHI tours, Bullet Journaling classes, a live on-line presentation on the New York suitcase project and history of psychiatry in America, and photography tips and tricks.  The teen specific event, Escape the Game, will also be offered.

All ages will have the opportunity to participate in Spudfest, the suitcase exhibit at Lee Mansion, fostering animals, and carriage rides.

Following is a list of opportunities which are linked to more information about the events.  March events details coming soon.

Events


* Events 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 made donations!  

Sponsors include:
  • Independence Public Library Foundation
  • Friends of the Independence Public Library
  • LACES
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 2019.  Committee members include Cheryl Hand, Lynn Isham, Jim Jorgenson, Kathy Kitner, Peggy Magner, Judy Olsen, Andy Rasmussen, Brooke Starling, and Kara Vance. 
 
Check out Facebook and Instagram!  Tell us what you think of the book and events.  

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