Local Libraries Launch One Book, One Community Project Featuring Lowry’s “The Giver”

In partnership, the Fargo Public Library, the Lake Agassiz Regional Library and the West Fargo Public Library are launching an inaugural One Book, One Community reading project starting today. All area residents are encouraged to unite in reading Lois Lowry’s award-winning novel The Giver as part of this month long project.

Selected as the first book for the libraries’ One Book, One Community project, Lowry’s Newbery Award-winning novel explores universal themes relevant to us all. The book chronicles the life of a 12-year-old boy in a futuristic society that on the outside seems perfect and free of conflict. Free copies of The Giver are available at all participating libraries, while supplies last. One copy per household. For a complete list of One Book, One Community events and related resources visit any participating public library or go to www.fmareaonebook.org.

Along with reading The Giver, readers of all ages are encouraged to participate in related events at participating libraries throughout October. Events include an online “black and white with a splash of red” themed photography contest for youth and adults (Oct. 1 – 25), book discussions, memory craft events for all ages, movie screenings, and many other events.

The One Book, One Community project originated at the Seattle Public Library in 1998 as a way to encourage civic unity and discussion however, this is the first-ever community-wide One Book reading effort in our area.

All One Book, One Community events are free and open to the public.

This project is generously supported by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library and the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library.