heart for Thomas County's One Book program. Three years ago, while I was still finding my way in Thomasville, I joined the One Book committee, and it was the first time I really felt like I could make a place here. I was able to use my gifts and abilities to see a pretty wonderful event to fruition, and I've happily made One Book a part of The Bookshelf's annual events schedule ever since.
What is One Book, you ask? It's a yearly, week-long celebration of literacy, a chance to put books into the hands of people who might not normally read them. Our goal is to unite our community by all reading one book together. Over the past three years, we've read The Time Keeper, Picking Cotton, and The Happiness Project. We've welcomed New York Times bestselling authors, hosted countless book club meetings, and held important community conversations, all revolving around books we love.
It might seem early, but we've officially announced this year's One Book selection. I can't wait for us all to read Ecology of a Cracker Childhood together. The book touches on important themes for all of us, and our One Book committee has been meeting for months to schedule just the right events to celebrate and honor this regional classic.
We're hosting a One Book launch event in August (plus a couple of really fun fundraisers), but here's what you can do in the meantime:
1. Read the book.
2. Tell your friends and neighbors.
3. Follow One Book on Instagram and Facebook.
4. Donate to help One Book Thomas County grow and expand.
I can't wait to be a part of this year's events, and I hope you'll join us not only in reading the book, but in spreading the word about One Book Thomas County. It's going to be a really exciting autumn.
We've got book signings scheduled for every Saturday this month -- make sure to stop by this Saturday between 2 and 4 p.m. for our signing with
local author Patricia Muth.
Her new book, A Title in the Making, is incredibly researched and delves deep
into American politics post-Ross Perot.