Lincoln City Libraries announced today The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham is the book selected for the 2019 One Book – One Lincoln Community Reading Program. The book is available for borrowing from libraries in print as well as downloadable audio and eBook formats. Programming related to this year’s selected titles begins on Sunday, September 29th!
In The Far Away Brothers Markham shares the story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador’s violence to build new lives in California – fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong.
The eighteenth annual One Book – One Lincoln community reading program began on May 27, 2019, with the announcement of the Top Three Finalists and public voting too place through July 31st for your favorite title. The special program events of One Book — One Lincoln — 2019 will take place in September and October.
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 18th 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 web page of additional resources about the winning title once it is announced on September 2nd, 2019.
So you want to have a One Book – One Lincoln discussion group for 2019’s winning title, or another of this year’s finalists, but you don’t have a discussion leader? During the Summer and Fall of 2019, 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 402-441-8592.
Several special programs are being scheduled at various locations during September and October, with ties to the themes and events of the 2019 Top 3 Finalists. You can see descriptions at this year’s One Book – One Lincoln Programs and Events page!
A call for nominations from the community in 2018 and through end of January 2019 resulted in 256 nominations for 172 different titles being received. The general criteria for the title included:
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 2019. The “Top Eleven” list was also announced in May.
Members of the selection committee included:
Interested in past years’ One Book – One Lincoln selections?
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.