Area Libraries Seek Public Input to Determine 2014 One Book, One Community Title

In partnership, the Fargo Public Library, the Moorhead Public Library, and the West Fargo Public Library are launching a community-wide vote to the select the 2014 One Book, One Community title as a way to promote community involvement in the selection process. Area residents are encouraged to vote for the title they would most like to read, either online at www.1book1community.org, or with paper ballots, available at any of the Fargo, Moorhead, or West Fargo public library locations. Voting starts Saturday, Feb. 1 and runs through Friday, Feb. 28.

Six titles have been selected by the One Book, One Community organizers. They include three novels – Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and three nonfiction works – The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan, The Last Hunter by Will Weaver, and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Voters are urged to read the descriptions of the books, available at all library locations or posted on the One Book, One Community website, www.1book1community.org before voting. It is not necessary to read or have read the selected titles in order to vote.

The winning title will be announced in April during National Library Week. Further information about the One Book, One Community reading project is available at any participating public library or at www.1book1community.org.

This is the third time the One Book, One Community reading project has been offered in our area. The idea originated at the Seattle Public Library in 1998 as a way to encourage civic unity and discussion. The Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo One Book, One Community reading project centers on the community-wide reading of a single book, and is dedicated to creating a shared conversation and a range of related events and activities for residents of all ages.

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

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