Suggested One Read: The Great Alone

The Great Alone book coverThere are only a few more days to nominate a book for One Read 2019. Through the rest of the year, we’ll be sharing some of the titles nominated by area readers.

Our next One Read nominee that we will be looking at is “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah. A reader that nominated this book said, “In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska — a place of incomparable beauty and danger. ‘The Great Alone’ is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.”

Let us know what you think our community should read in 2019 by filling out a suggestion online at by November 30.

Suggested One Read: All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See book coverIn January, our One Read reading panel will begin the process of narrowing down the list of books nominated for our community-wide reading program. In the meantime, we are highlighting some of the suggested titles so you can see what other local readers are enjoying.

Multiple nominators suggested the Pulitzer Prize winner, “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. This book was an instant success and was on the New York Times Best Sellers list for two and a half years. One nominator writes, “From the first page to its end, the author weaves a tale with poetic prose that is as beautiful as it is poignant. The story, steeped in geography and historical events during and moving to conclusion at the end of WW II, is mesmerizing and its message utterly timely.” Another nominator writes that this is a “great book to learn about the effects of Hitler on children — to join the mines or be selected to fight in the military.”

Have a book you would like to recommend? Suggest a title!

Suggested One Read: There There

There There book coverWe are currently taking your suggestions for our 2019 One Read title, and we’ll be highlighting some of these books here at so you can see what other community members are reading and enjoying. All of these titles will be considered by our reading panel as they begin narrowing the list of suggestions.

The first suggestion we’re highlighting is “There There” by Tommy Orange, which has made it to the shortlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. This title has already received a couple of nominations. In this book you follow the interconnected lives of several Native Americans living in present day Oakland, California. One reader described this book as “a compelling, multiple character portrait of the ‘urban native,’ city-living Native Americans in the current day.”

Let us know what you think our community should read in 2019 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at by November 30.

Thank Your for Taking Part in One Read 2018!

A huge thank you to everyone who read or listened to “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann and participated in any of the excellent One Read events this year. In the month of September, we explored a wide variety of topics that ranged from Native American history and culture to historical and modern crime scene investigation techniques. We learned about a dark time in our country’s history, and how that history still affects people today. We listened to author David Grann talk about his experiences in the prairies of Oklahoma that inspired him to write “Killers of the Flower Moon” and had the opportunity to chat with him. As a community, we investigated the topics and themes of this novel through discussions, arts, films and lectures. We want to express our appreciation to all of you who attended these events, read the book and shared it with your friends, family, coworkers and book clubs.

Thank you for being a part of this year’s One Read!

Do you have an idea for what book our community should read next? Visit this site or any library branch in November to suggest a book for next year.

Beneath the Surface: Art Exhibit Winners

For this year’s One Read art exhibit, we asked artists from Mid-Missouri to submit works that that explore what lies beneath the surface — of land, of water, the mask of a loved-one’s face or a well-worn story. To expose something hidden. Thank you to all the artists who participated!

At the awards reception on September 7, the following winners were announced. Congratulations to all!

First Place: 

“Anhedonia” (charcoal) by Amberlin Jeanne

1st place: charcoal drawing






Read More