About "One Book, Everybody Reads" 


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"One Book, Everybody Reads" is the Library's annual community-wide reading and book discussion program that takes place each spring.

The Library selects one book and then encourages the community to read the selection and participate in a series of related events.

The culmination of the program takes place when the author visits Wilmette to talk about his/her book. 

In order to facilitate the experience, the Library offers numerous copies of the book in various formats for patron use. 

The "One Book, Everybody Reads" program began in 2006 with the support of the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.

The Library invites community members to participate in the 2016 One Book program, which will feature not just one selection, but two books published 23 years apart by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo.

Nobody's Fool was published in 1993 and its sequel, Everybody's Fool, will be published on May 3, just 11 days before Mr. Russo visits Wilmette to discuss the books. 

Click here for more information about the books, the author, and the 2016 One Book events.

Previous selected titles were:

2015: Some Luck by Jane Smiley

2014: Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

2013: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

2012: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

2011: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

2010: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

2009: The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester

2008: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

2007: A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind

2006: Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian


The concept of a "One Book" program was launched in 1998 when Nancy Pearl, executive director of the Washington Center for the Book in the Seattle Public Library, initiated "If All Seattle Read the Same Book." The Library of Congress offers lists of One Book Projects in the United States as well as information about the history of community reads programs on its website.



          Funding for One Book, Everybody Reads 
is made possible by
Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.


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