One Book, One Community brings together the community through reading a common book and participating in discussions and other activities focusing on the book and related topics. In our first year, we read Room to Read founder John Wood’s memoir, Leaving Microsoft to change the world, a story that chronicled his leaving his high paying job to bring books to children in third world countries. In our Second year, we read the heart-tugging young adult novel, The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, a story about a young girl in Nazi Germany, trying to save books from being burned by the regime. In 2011, we enjoyed reading Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer, a non-fiction book chronicling the events of the 1996 tragedy on Mount Everest, told by one of the surviving members of the climb. In 2012, we enjoyed the writings of Aldo Leopold, Wisconsin’s leading naturalist, author of A Sand County Almanac. In 2013, we laughed and cried our way through The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Each year, we celebrate our events with community based programs, such as craft projects, movies, and special guest speakers, such as Holocaust survivor Jack Dygola, and Professor Stanley Temple from the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Our programs are formulated according to the theme of the book, and each year we have a great time getting to know our local community members.
Our book in 2013 was The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. As you may know, with every book comes a special event to celebrate the community read, however, with the intense subject matter of this year’s pick, we opted for something different than our fantastic guest lecturers of the past. We decided to still focus on the positive, but to do something especially positive with our main event. Because the main character of the book was inspired by a real person (Hazel Grace, meet Ester Grace) we wanted to involve her in our plans. Tho Ester Grace could not be with us, her spirit was. A foundation, This Star Won’t Go Out, was set up by her family as a loving tribute to her memory and to all of the other kids out there that are suffering the same way she did, by providing monetary support to families with children living with cancer. Because of your generous donations of time and resources, we were able to raise over $800 for TSWGO.
It is our pleasure to introduce to you our 6th annual One Book, One Community title:
Code Name: Verity, by Elizabeth Wein.
Copies are available for check out and for purchase here, at the WJ Niederkorn Library in Port Washington, and at the Oscar Grady Library in Saukville.
“Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.
When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called “a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel” in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.” Amazon.com
We are also proud to welcome Lt Col Todd Berge to our library. Lt Col Berge will be giving a talk on women pilots during WWII and women currently serving in the armed forces, especially in the Air-force. His presentation will be given at the WJ Niederkorn Library on Friday, May 16th at 7 p.m. We welcome the public to join us for this fascinating talk.