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 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.
What She Left Behind Fiction Read-Alikes
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.
Mon, February 11 at 6:00 pm
Tues, February 25 at 6:30 pm
Mon, March 5 at 2:00 pm - Conference Call with the Author
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.
- Jan. 23 –
- Feb. 5 - Bullet Jounaling: An Introduction
- Feb. 9, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, and 28 -
- Feb. 9 - MHI 1873 to Present Day
- Feb. 11 - Book Discussion
- Feb. 12 - Photography Tips & Tricks Registration Required
- Feb. 16 - MHI Tour Registration Required *Location: MHI
- Feb. 19 - Spudfest!
- Feb. 21 - The Lives They Left Behind presentation
- Feb. 25 - Book Discussion
- March 2 - MHI Tour Registration Required
- March 5 - Book Discussion
- March 5 - Bullet Journaling
- March 14 - Promoting Awareness about Mental Illness
- March 16 - MHI Tour Registration Required *Location: MHI
- March 16 - Carriage Rides
- March 18 - Fostering Animals
- March 22 - Escape the Game Registration Required
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 2019. Committee members include Cheryl Hand, Lynn Isham, Jim Jorgenson, Kathy Kitner, Peggy Magner, Judy Olsen, Andy Rasmussen, Brooke Starling, and Kara Vance.
- Independence Public Library Foundation
- Friends of the Independence Public Library
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