By Deb Sullivan
York County Libraries
What do you want to read and discuss in early 2015? That’s what One Book, One Community organizers want to know as they put their top five picks to a public vote this month. “One Book, Your Vote” is underway and continues until August 31st at eighty libraries in six counties: Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York; Isaac’s Deli and Restaurant locations; and online at www.oboc.org. The book rising to the top will be the 12th selected title for One Book, One Community program. The goal of the annual initiative is to get community members reading the same book at the same time and then gathering to talk about the book.
According to Karen Hostetter, York County Libraries’ liaison to the One Book, One Community steering committee, this year’s book selection committee started with a list of over 100 books suggested by readers on the oboc.org website. The group, made up of community members and librarians, ran the titles through their selection cr
iteria, read like crazy, and then narrowed the field to five titles representing a variety of genres. The idea is to get people reading books they might not otherwise read. Now here is the counter-intuitive part. For the “One Book, Your Vote” process, the committees don’t want you to read the books first according to Hostetter. They want you to read the book descriptions, pick the one that interests you most, and then cast your vote.
The books on the 2015 ballot include the following titles:
“Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein
Two female pilots get caught up in a world of espionage and the underground resistance movement during WWII. History, Mystery
“The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion
The unlikely pairing of a scientist and a free spirit tests the limits of spousal suitability. Romance, Humor
“Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline
Wade is playing the ultimate video game and the future of the world just may depend on the outcome. Pop Culture, Adventure
“Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline
A foster teen finds similarities with an elderly widow who was sent to a new life on a train many years before. Intertwining stories, present and past
“You Know When the Men Are Gone” by Siobhan Fallon
Loosely connected short stories set on a U.S. army base and in homes of families left behind while soldiers are deployed. Realistic Fiction, Military Families
The winning title will be revealed in late October on oboc.org. “The main reading happens in January and February,” says Hostetter, who notes that most of the programs and book discussions are held in February which has dual notoriety as ”Book Lovers Month” and “Library Lovers Month.
Have you read all of the past One Book, One Community picks? They are available to borrow at York County Libraries and libraries across the region.
2014 “The Worst Hard Time” Timothy Egan
2013 “The Cellist of Sarajevo” Steven Galloway
2012 “Zeitoun” Dave Eggers
2011 “The Help” Kathryn Stockett
2010 “The Book Thief” Markus Zusak
2009 “The People of the Book” Geraldine Brooks
2008 “The Grace that Keeps this World” Tom Bailey
2007 “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” Mark Haddon
2006 “The Kite Runner” Khaled Hosseini
2005 “The White” Deborah Larsen
2004 “Rocket Boys” Homer Hickam, Jr.