Suggested One Read: The House in the Cerulean Sea

House on the Cerulean Sea book coverIt’s that time of the year again when we share some of your suggestions for our next One Read title. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing your suggestions here at so you can see what other community members are reading and enjoying. All of these titles and more will be considered by our reading panel as they begin narrowing down the list of suggestions.

The first One Read suggestion we’re highlighting is “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by T.J. Klune. The nominator couldn’t have put it better saying, “at it’s core it’s about finding where you belong and that often families make themselves. It’s magical and full of love and heart. Wonderful storytelling from page one until the very end.”

Check back here on Wednesday for our next suggestion for One Read 2021.

Thank You for Your Nominations!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the 2021 One Read book! Nominations are now closed, but we will highlight some of the suggested titles here at throughout the month of December. In January, our reading panel will meet to discuss all of the nominations and begin the process of narrowing down the list of finalists for a public vote in April.

Happy reading!

Flash Fiction Contest Winners

As part of this year’s One Read program, we invited you to take inspiration from “A Gentleman in Moscow” and tell a nostalgic tale in 250 words or less. The stories could have been about anything and anyone, but we asked to make sure it evokes longing, explores a memory or reflects on better days past.

Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your stories of nostalgia.

Our two winners are Bethany Bade and Grace Gomez-Polacio. Honorable mentions go to Jenna Cunigan and Bonnie Zelenak.

We are excited to share these stories with you! Read More

Confinement: Art Exhibit Winners

For this year’s One Read art exhibit, we asked artists from Mid-Missouri to submit works that that explore the experiences of of isolation and confinement. We thank all of the contributing artists and we extend a special congratulations to the winners listed below. Thanks also to our judges for their careful consideration of the entries and for providing us with comments on the winning pieces.

You can view the entire exhibit virtually at through September 26.

First place
Black Hole
Jenny Chicone

tapestry of woman in blue pants holding phone

“Black Hole,” is both a unique take on the theme and very recognizable form of isolation. We all have felt confined by our technology, and this piece cleverly puts the viewer in the first-person perspective. The shading and detail accomplished in the medium of tapestry is very impressive.

Second place
Soul of Forms
John Fennell
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Nostalgia: Flash Fiction Writing Contest

Phone Nostalgic Arrangement Nostalgia Dial Old“For as it turns out, one can revisit the past quite pleasantly, as long as one does so expecting nearly every aspect of it to have changed.”

~Amor Towles, “A Gentleman in Moscow”

In this year’s One Read selection, author Amor Towles tells the tale of a man who lives isolated from the outside world after being sentenced to house arrest. He watches the world pass him by and reminisces about his past. Taking inspiration from “A Gentleman in Moscow,” we invite you to tell a nostalgic tale in 250 words or less. Your story can be about anything and anyone, but make sure it evokes longing, explores a memory or reflects on better days past. The tone can be bittersweet, celebratory or anywhere in between. Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published online and in the Columbia Missourian, and the winners will receive bookstore gift cards.

Starting September 1, entries may be submitted using this form, mailed or dropped off at any library or bookmobile. (See full rules below for details.) Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published on this site and in the Columbia Missourian, and winners will receive a $25 book store gift card.

Participants must be age 16 or older and residents of Boone or Callaway Counties. Read on for complete contest rules. Read More