One Book is a popular library program that I’ve enjoyed as a librarian and a reader in multiple places. But I never thought it would happen here in NYC!
One Book seeks to get all members of a community reading the same book to foster conversation on themes and issues important to that community. I’ve participated in One Book programs using books from A Tale of Two Cities to Witness to Mountains Beyond Mountains. Here in NYC, we have a chance to influence that choice:
- Between the World and Me
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Hard choices, y’all.
Because of the sheer size of New York, NYPL won’t be giving copies of the chosen book away like I’ve seen elsewhere. But publishers of the finalists will be giving 4,000 copies of their books to over 200 branches. Which means you should be able to get a copy pretty soon. Or you could do your part by buying a copy and sharing it with folks. Win-win! 😉
Now for the hard part – which book to vote for? They’re all so good!