Sometimes, someone has a simply brilliant idea. It is so brilliant that it spreads like wildfire and everyone wonders why no one thought of it before. What on earth am I talking about, you ask? It's the One Book -- One Town Reading Campaign.
Until recently I had no idea that this was not a Vancouver Library initiative. Imagine my surprise when I read recently that the One Book -- One Town project was thought up by Nancy Pearl of the Washington Center for the Book, in Seattle.
Originally called If all of Seattle read the Same Book, it is now known as Seattle Reads. It started in 1998 and from there has spread rapidly to more than 350 communities throughout fifty one states and abroad to Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The Library of Congress has compiled a list of the communities and the books chosen here for our interest. I found it fascinating. Check the list. Maybe your community is involved and you don't know it. Perhaps it's an idea your community might wish to adopt.
This is posted today in celebration of the Vancouver Public Library reopening after a three month long strike by the workers.