One Book One Community organizers are once again asking the public to vote for next year’s One Book, One Community book selection! The public vote initiative is a way to promote community involvement in the selection of the title, rather than handing over a single title each year. This year there will be four titles on the ballot. The 2016 OBOC regional campaign represents collaboration between 80 libraries in six counties: Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York.
How the voting works…
From a ballot with four book titles that made the final grade by the Book Selection committee, the public is asked to pick one of the four books that they would be interested in reading and discussing in 2016. To vote the public will go to www.oboc.org to access an online ballot. For those who wish to fill out a paper ballot, they must go to participating libraries to cast their vote. The public may also submit their vote at Isaac’s Restaurant locations in the region. Readers who vote at Isaac’s will also be entered for a chance to win $100 Isaac’s gift card. Readers who vote at libraries or online at oboc.org are automatically entered for a chance to win $100 Giant Food Stores gift card. Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties will participate in the 2016 campaign.
One Book, Your Vote for the OBOC 2016 title will take place August 1 – 31, 2015. The winner will be announced to the public in October, 2015. With the public vote for the 2016 title, reading of the OBOC title will take place in January, and programs at the public libraries will begin in February, which is designated as both Library Lovers’ Month and Book Lovers’ Month. Multiple copies of the winning title will be available at your local public library beginning in January 2016.
Meet the Candidates
These are the titles on the One Book, Your Vote 2016 ballot:
- The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
- Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings is a fictionalized account of the Grimké sisters, Sarah and Angelina (Nina), prominent voices in the abolitionist and women’s rights movements. Their story is intertwined with the story of Hetty, a slave in the Grimké’s Charleston household. Historically accurate, this novel delves into America’s past with a captivating story that is sure to touch all readers. Summary by Mary Jo Keiter, OBOC Selection Committee
Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard
Fresh out of college, Forrest Pritchard had grand ideas about saving his family’s farm in Berryville, Virginia; but when all the expenses were paid and the grand profit was $18.16, he knew he had to do something differently and quickly. Having visited Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm, Forrest knew he could make a living from sustainable farming but just how he does it makes up his experiences in Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmer’s Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm. With plenty of humorous stories of both animals and humans, Pritchard charts his course from a know-nothing young farmer to a purveyor of sustainable, locally raised, high-class products sold at farmers’ markets in the Washing, DC area where Smith Meadows Farm continues to serve its customers every weekend. Summary by Kris Peters, OBOC Selection Committee
Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
Before the Selma march, before Birmingham Sunday, before the March on Washington and the “I Have a Dream” speech, nine black high school students volunteered to integrate the Little Rock High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was 1957.
This memoir is the story of one of those nine children and what they all endured in that year — the unrelenting bullying and physical brutality faced with indifference by the faculty and staff as to what was happening to them. This book is the most important and memorable one you will read about the civil rights movement from someone who survived that year. Summary by Betsy Fordon, OBOC Selection Committee Member
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Just like a small stream, a thread of commonality runs through this futuristic novel. Arthur Leander, a movie actor trying to revive his career, dies of a heart attack while on stage performing King Lear, and as all roads lead to Rome, all the storylines here come back to Arthur. Shortly after his death, a pandemic virus destroys most of the Earth’s population, ending the modern electrical-dependent civilization we know. The surviving characters have to live without electrical lights, cell phones, iPads and all the rest to which they have become accustomed. A travelling troupe of Shakespearean troubadours and musicians brings the story full circle and ties the remaining communities together. Could you live your life stranded in a deserted airport or traveling on foot from one small community to another? Summary by Kathy Hale, OBOC Selection Committee
It is not necessary to read or have read these titles to place your vote!