Thank You 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






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Mini Mystery Contest Winners

As part of this year’s One Read program, we invited you to take inspiration from “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and write your own mini mystery. The puzzle presented or the crime solved could have been large (like a murder) or small (like missing possessions), but the writing must have centered around a crime or the threat or fear of one, and started with the line “Who will be next?”

All of the writers shared their stories in less than 250 words. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your stories of intrigue, crime, redemption and more.

Our two winners are Jan Pritchard and Bennett Magnino. Honorable mentions go to Julie Kapp and Xander Kennedy.

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KFRU’s David Lile Interviews One Read Author David Grann

KFRU’s David Lile interviewed this year’s One Read author David Grann about his book “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Listen below to hear Grann talk about his research for the book, including his first experience with the Oklahoma prairie and his use of photography for this book. He also gives us a sneak peak into his newest book, “The White Darkness.”