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One Book – One Lincoln – 2017

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Read Them Now
and watch for the winner in September!

Help us choose the 2017 “One Book — One Lincoln” title.

The sixteenth annual One Book – One Lincoln community reading program began on May 29, 2017, with the announcement of the Top Three Finalists and public voting through July 31st for your favorite title. The special program events of One Book — One Lincoln — 2017 will take place later this Summer and Fall.


About One Book – One Lincoln – 2017

One Book – One Lincoln is a community reading program sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries. The program encourages all adults in Lincoln and Lancaster County to read and discuss the same book at the same time. The goal of the program is to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community wide reading reading and discussion experience.

The idea of city-wide reading programs started in Seattle in 1998 with the program “If All Seattle Read the Same Book” initiated by the Washington Center for the Book, located at the Seattle Public Library. The Library of Congress’ Center for the Book reports that “One Book” programs have been introduced across the U.S.A. and around the world.

This is Lincoln’s 16th straight year of the program. Since 2002, the citizens of Lincoln and the surrounding communities have been encouraged to read the same book each fall, and participate in special programming and book discussions. Each year, readers in Lincoln have been invited to nominate titles for consideration for that year’s selected title. You can see an archive of the past fifteen years’ worth of One Book – One Lincoln selections at our One Book main page.

Lincoln City Libraries reference staff will compile a detailed list of additional resources about the winning title once it is announced in September 2017.

How can I participate?

  • Get copies of the three finalists. Check out a copy, in print, audio or downloadable formats, of Moonglow by Michael Chabon, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles at any of the Lincoln City Libraries or purchase your own copy at your local bookstore. These titles are available from the Lincoln City Libraries in a wide variety of physical (hardback, book-on-cd, Large Type) and electronic (eBook and downloadable audio) formats. These titles are also available as Book Club in a Bag versions, for book clubs wishing to check out multiple copies at once!
  • Read! Join your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and fellow Lincolnites in reading the same books – together!
  • Watch for informational programs about this year’s One Book — One Lincoln which will begin airing on CityTV (Channel 5 local cable) later this Summer on both Channel 5 and the On Demand channels. We anticipate having a general program about the Top Three Finalists, followed by a more in-depth program about the winning title after it is announced in September.
  • Attend our related programs.
  • Look at our Resource Page about the winning title, once it is announced in September, for links to further information on the themes and topics of the book.
  • Visit our One Book – One Lincoln Facebook page (also below). Look for more online opportunities.
  • Sign up to recieve e-mail updates about One Book-related programs and events on our Sign-Ups page.
  • Discuss the Books in Person or Online! Attend a Community Discussion of the Top 3 Finalists at your local library or bookstore. A complete list of Community Discussion opportunities is available right now. Print off the official Discussion Questions for the winning title for your own book group, or contact the library to have a trained facilitator come and lead your own discussion group. Or visit our One Book One – Lincoln Blog to reply to discussion topics posted there, to which you can leave reply comments.
  • Vote for your favorite among this year’s three finalists! There are additional ways to vote and show your support — see more info on our Finalists Page! [Voting now closed as of August 1st.]
  • Nominate for future years — Don’t forget…you can now nominate year-round for the next year’s One Book – One Lincoln with our online nomination form.

We can provide a discussion leader for your group

So you want to have a One Book – One Lincoln discussion group for 2017’s winning title, or another of this year’s finalists, but you don’t have a discussion leader? During the Summer and Fall of 2017, and beyond, Lincoln City Libraries staff will be available to organizations, businesses and clubs interested in hosting a discussion group. Visit our Finalists page, to request a book discussion leader via our online form, or for further information, call Lincoln City Libraries at 402-441-8503.

What programs will there be?

Several special programs are being scheduled at various locations during the Fall, with ties to the themes and events of the 2017 Top 3 Finalists. You can see descriptions at this year’s One Book – One Lincoln Programs and Events page!

How were the finalists chosen?

A call for nominations from the community in 2016 and through end of January 2017 resulted in 154 nominations for 100 different titles being received. The general criteria for the title included:

  • Fiction or Non-Fiction
  • Of general interest to adults and young adults
  • Sparks thoughtful discussion
  • Easily available in multiple formats
  • Addresses universal themes of life
  • Readable

A selection committee with community-wide representation was formed, which narrowed the list down to an ten title shortlist, and ultimately to the Top Three Finalists, which were announced to the public on Memorial Day 2017. The “Top Ten” list will be announced later this summer.

Members of the selection committee included:

  • David Smith, Chair
  • Katie Murtha, Library Representative
  • Donna Kennedy Marvin, Library Board
  • Kathy McKillip, Library Board
  • Patty Beutler
  • Jessica Boren
  • Brett Elizabeth Ebert
  • Delmer Esters
  • Mary Graham
  • Erin Hussey
  • Sarah Knight
  • James Rea
  • Ann Thompson
  • Susan Vanneman
  • Greg Walklin

One Book – One Lincoln – 2017: Main Page | Finalists | Programs | Discussions | Additional Resources

Interested in past years’ One Book – One Lincoln selections?

Visit our main One Book – One Lincoln archive site [data from past years is still being converted for archiving on our new web site!]

Master list of all One Book — One Lincoln finalists and selected titles [2002-2016] in PDF format.

A list of what other communities are reading for similar programs can be found on the One Book Reading Promotion Projects page on the Library of Congress Center for the Book Web site.

One Book – One Lincoln is a community reading program sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries. The program encourages all adults in Lincoln and Lancaster County to read and discuss the same book at the same time. The goal of the program is to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community wide reading and discussion experience.