Thank You for Celebrating Ten Years of One Read

Sonny Lacks visits the One Read "Art of Science" exhibit Thank you to everyone who read or listened to Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and joined us for one of this year’s outstanding One Read events. The closing program, a visit with David “Sonny” Lacks, proved inspiring for many in our community, and Mr. Lacks was a charming guest. He graciously accepted thanks from several people who waited in line to share with him their personal stories and to express gratitude for his mother’s contributions to science.

At that evening’s event, we announced your favorite One Read selection from the past 10 years. “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen narrowly beat Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” winning the top spot by just one vote.

As we plan for 2012, we’d like to know what book you think would make a great choice for the community’s next One Read. Starting November 1, you can nominate a book online, at any of our library facilities or on the bookmobile.

What an amazing 10th anniversary edition of One Read! Thanks again for your support and participation.


2011 One Read Flash Fiction Contest Winners Announced

As part of this year’s One Read program, we challenged writers to tell a story beginning with “There’s a photo on my wall of a woman I’ve never met,” the opening line from Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” We received tales of unknown mothers, forgotten movie starlets, dementia and incredible loss. Thank you to everyone who entered. Our overall winner was James Forr, and Becky Greer received an honorable mention.

We are pleased to share with you their stories. Read More

Winners of “The Art of Science” Exhibit Announced

The Art of Science Exhibit at the Columbia Public LibraryAs part of the 2011 One Read program, we invited Missouri artists to contribute works inspired by the human body, the strange beauty of a cell viewed through a microscope or other intersections of art and science.

Professional artist and president of the Missouri Watercolor Society’s Board of Directors George “Papa” Tutt judged the artwork submitted, and we are pleased to announce the following winners. Read More

One Read Reaches Beyond Mid-Missouri

A St. Louis book club participates in One Read 2011

One Read may be a regional reading program, but its reach extends far beyond Boone and Callaway Counties–and even beyond books!

  • A book club out of St. Louis regularly selects the One Read title for one of its monthly discussions! They were kind enough to send us this picture of their members posing with this year’s book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.
  • One of our patrons, Jeff “Dr. Chordate” Moran, sent us a song he wrote and recorded at local community radio station KOPN. Hear his retelling of Henrietta Lacks’ story in “The Ballad of Henrietta’s Cells.
  • Another regular participant told us that her daughter back east reads the One Read book each year, and then they discuss the book together.

Let us know that you are participating in One Read by signing up. And feel free to share your unique One Read experiences!

The Immortal Henrietta Lacks on CBS News

“Somewhere in the humble family cemetery off a country road in the town of Clover in southern Virginia, a woman who died nearly 60 years ago lies in an unmarked grave.”

This statement begins correspondent Jim Axelrod’s moving piece for CBS News about Henrietta Lacks. This segment, devoted to the Lacks family and Rebecca Skloot’s efforts to tell the story of Henrietta’s contributions to science and medicine, originally aired in March of 2010. See footage of interviews with author Rebecca Skloot and the Lacks family.
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