Boone County Bonds Over One Book

8 years 1 month 1 week ago Friday, September 03 2010 Sep 3, 2010 Friday, September 03, 2010 2:09:41 PM CDT September 03, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - Daniel Boone Regional Library launched its ninth annual One Read program this week. One Read is a community wide reading program in Boone County. Forty participants met at the library on Thursday to discuss Dan Chaon's book "Await Your Reply."

The program hopes to bring the community together by having an open dialogue over the same book. Library employee, Doyne McKenzie said, "One of the reasons for a community wide reading program is to create communities within communities, where the only thing that you have in common is that you read the book."

A Seattle librarian created the concept for an entire community to read the same book at the same time. The idea spread throughout the nation, but Boone County's program is different in the way it chooses the book.

One Read asks local readers to nominate books for the next year. Once the book is narrowed down to no more than three options, a reading panel votes on a final decision. McKenzie said, "We are the only community I am aware of that asks for public input."

The program runs for a month and holds events throughout the county that relate to the book.

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