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Common Reading, or, "One Book," Programs
Most book groups have a rotating selection of books. However, a number of cities, schools, churches, organizations, and even conferences have used the "One Book" model as a start for discussing books. Extensive resources for such programming are available from the Library of Congress Center for the Book and the American Library Association Public Programs Office.
ALA Public Programs Office
The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service.
Library of Congress Center for the Book
The Library of Congress Center for the Book, which comprises the Young Readers Center as well as the Poetry and Literature Center, promotes books and libraries, literacy and reading, and poetry and literature.
Resources for planning a community read
One Book, One Community CD
CD features a step-by-step planning guide; digital art for posters, bookmarks, and other promotional pieces that can be customized for your program; and "best practices" examples along with an accompanying Toolkit that contains interactive budget, program and marketing materials.
Planning Your Community-Wide Read
Guide, prepared by the staff of the ALA Public Programs Office, in PDF.
One Book, One College: Common Reading Programs
Listing maintained by Barbara Fister, a librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN.
All Together Now
Programming Librarian blog post by Annie Tully, Chicago Public Library (2013)
Healy, Anna. "Giving Readers a Voice: Book Discussion Groups," Book Links: February/March 2002 (v. 11, no.4)
- Elizabeth Michaelson Monaghan. "One Book, Well Done." Library Journal, September 1, 2014, p. 30-32.
- Beth Dempsey, "One Great Idea: Why Your Library Should Get on the One Book, One Community Bandwagon." Library Journal, September 1, 2009, p. 19-22.
- Pamela C. Jewett, Jennifer L. Wilson, and Michelle A. Vanderburg. "The Unifying Power of a Whole-School Read." Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Vol. 54, no. 6, March 2011., p. 415-424.