One Read 2016 Finalists to Be Announced April 11

verified-checkbox-symbol_318-64495Election season will soon be upon us! No, not the presidential election, but your chance to choose between the two finalist titles for One Read 2016. Our reading panel is hard at work, making their way through this year’s nominated books to choose two to present to the public for a vote. Starting April 11, you will be able to vote here at oneread.org, at any library branch or on the bookmobile. So sharpen your pencils and charge your devices, and thank you for your support of your community-wide reading program!

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One Read at Osher

New to the One Read program or just want to learn more about how the books are chosen and programs planned? Join us at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on Friday, February 5, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., to learn more.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute provides programming for Columbia area residents over 50. At this special free brown-bag seminar, librarian Lauren Williams will talk about this community-wide reading program. Learn about One Read‘s 15-year history, past book selections and how community members can get involved. Feel free to bring your lunch.

This talk will be held in Moss A, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 1907 Hillcrest Dr.

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Suggested One Read: Girl in Translation

Book cover for Girl in TranslationEach year a number of books that explore social issues are nominated for One Read. Jean Kwok’s “Girl in Translation” is one such novel.  Main character Kimberly Chang emigrates with her mother from Hong Kong to Brooklyn and begins a secret double life as an exceptional schoolgirl during the day and sweatshop worker at night, an existence also marked by her first crush and the pressure to save her family from poverty.

Our nominator writes, “[This book] clearly demonstrates the misunderstandings possible (often inevitable) between cultures and classes. Wonderful!”

See some of the other titles that have been nominated for One Read 2016.

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Suggested One Read: Our Kids

In January, our One Read reading panel will begin narrowing down the list of more than 100 books nominated for our community-wide reading program. In the meantime, we are highlighting just some of these suggested titles so you can see what other local readers are enjoying.

This year’s list of nominations contains a significantly greater number of nonfiction titles than in past years. Perhaps it is the political climate, with a presidential election looming. And the issues of racism, social justice and gun violence have dominated local news and discussion in the community. Economic disparity and education is another topic front-of-mind for mid-Missourians, and we received more than one nomination for “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” by Robert Putnam.

One nominator writes, “Growing socioeconomic inequality is the biggest problem facing our schools, our city and our country today. Putnam’s new book is engaging and compelling and hopefully will call us to action.”

See some of the other titles that have been nominated for One Read 2016.

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