One Book, One Community: Our Region Reads

Adults Reading

Because people need to see themselves in the books they read…

Join the Community Conversation!

Each year since 2004, York County Libraries joins public libraries throughout the Central Pennsylvania region, along with five Harrisburg Area Community College campuses, Penn State York, York College of Pennsylvania, and a variety of new and returning community partners to collaborate and to focus on a selected title.

The regional reading campaign, named One Book, One Community: Our Region Reads, promotes the value of reading by recommending a compelling book that links the community in a common conversation. One Book programs encourage dialogue about a particular book, but also foster lifelong learning and the development of a strong community identity.

Who can participate in One Book, One Community?

Older teens and adults are welcome to participate

When is the new book available to read?

Reading begins in January and book discussions and related events are held at libraries, colleges, and partner bookstores throughout the winter and spring.

Where can I purchase/borrow the book?

Visit the One Book, One Community website for a full list of participating libraries and stores.

Who picks the books?

A selection committee made up of community members representing all participating counties, reviews many books based upon broad criteria that include:

  • A major author with a body of work, or an author who has received lasting literary recognition
  • An author or recognized experts on the author, who would be willing to engage in discussion with readers at several events
  • A book that is easily discussable
  • A book that is available in quantity, at a reasonable cost, in various media formats (paperback, large print, audio, or video)
  • A book that is accessible to emerging adult readers (up to a high school reading level)

One Book, Your Vote

The selection committee then narrows the list to 3-5 finalists that are sent to the regional steering committee to plan for a public vote during the month of August each year.

The public can vote online, or in participating libraries. The selected title is then announced in October, and reading begins in January. Readers may send book suggestions throughout the year to oboc@yorklibraries.org