ONE BOOK ONE BURLINGTON
CELEBRATES THEIR 10TH ANNIVERSARY
In the spirit of creating a sense of community, Burlington Public Library is celebrating the 10-year-anniversary of One Book One Burlington.
This year’s selection, “The Day the Falls Stood Still” by New York Times best selling author Cathy Marie Buchanan was revealed on June 22 at Burlington’s Concert in the Park event.
The One Book One Burlington initiative debuted in 2007 and since its creation, during the One Book season (from July to December), more than 8,500 people have borrowed the books from the library, with approximately 5,100 adults attending related programs. It promotes reading and intergenerational book-centered discussion and fosters a sense of community by bringing people together through literature.
Set in Niagara Falls around the time of the First World War, the 2016 selection is a story about love and endurance, a tribute to the river, and a recognition that no choice is ever made without consequences
In 2010, Canadians around the world chose Buchanan’s 2009 breakout novel, The Day the Falls Stood Still as one of CBC Books’ Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade.
“I am pleased and excited that Burlington Public Library has chosen to celebrate my first novel, The Day the Falls Stood Still, for their community read this year,” said Buchanan. “I very much look forward to meeting Burlington’s readers when I visit in October.”
The One Book season kicks off with a meet the author event at the Burlington Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, October 4 with a licensed reception and book signing following a presentation by the author.
“Our 10th edition of One Book One Burlington promises to captivate local readers,” says Maureen Barry, chief executive officer of Burlington Public Library. “We expect this novel will inspire many residents to visit the falls and rediscover the awesome natural wonder that is practically in our backyard.”
The Day the Falls Stood Still is available to borrow from Burlington Public Library in many formats including paperback, downloadable eBook and audiobook, as well as multiple digital resources and is even offered in a book club kit complete with 15 books for group reading. In July and August, the book will also be available on selected Burlington Transit buses throughout the city. Riders will have an opportunity to pick up a copy of the novel, read it, and then return it to the ‘One Book’ holder on any Burlington Transit bus they ride.
Every winter, an enthusiastic group of volunteers from the community read four to five Canadian novels shortlisted by a library staff team, and then selects one book as Burlington’s “best read” for the year. Membership on the community selection team is open to anyone who lives in Burlington and loves to read. Interested community members are encouraged to apply online to participate in the selection of One Book One Burlington 2017.
Pick up the One Book One Burlington Events and Discussion Guide in early August. Visit www.bpl.on.ca/one-book for more information.