What if everyone read the same book and then all those readers gathered together to talk about it? That was the simple idea that motivated librarian and bestselling author Nancy Pearl to initiate the original One Book, One City project. It was organized by the Washington Center for the Book in Seattle and launched in 1998. Since then, citywide or statewide reading programs have become more commonplace, and they are adopted and embraced by all sorts of communities.
Right here in Eagle County, a group of local organizations have collaborated to develop such a program in our community. One Book, One Valley is a collaborative effort by The Bookworm of Edwards, Colorado Mountain College, Eagle Valley Library District and the Vail Public Library. The goal of these organizations is to promote a sense of community by sharing a common topic for conversation and to encourage the value and fun of reading together.
“For our community, we hope to create a shared experience through literature,” said Lori A. Barnes, Vail’s town librarian. “One Book, One Valley is similar to what has been done in other communities across the country.”
The selected book will be officially announced on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the town of Vail Public Library. The public is invited to join in this exciting event, during which the library will Skype with the chosen author.
Join in the discussion and look for upcoming announcements on programs and events related to the book selection.