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Bringing Siouxland Together Around One Great Book

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As the Reader Services Specialist for the Sioux City Public Library, I am excited to announce One Summer: America, 1927 by Iowa native, Bill Bryson as our 2016 title for One Book One Siouxland. Over the last decade, the One Book One Siouxland initiative has brought our community together to enjoy great books and quality programming. This year will be no exception!

The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. In Chicago, Al Capone was tightening his grip on bootlegging, and the first true “talking picture,” Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer was filmed, forever changing the motion picture industry. Bill Bryson captures this and much, much more in his comedic tale of the year the 20th century truly became the American century.

The razzle-dazzle of 1927 was not just on a national scale. Sioux City experienced a great deal of the grandiose excitement with visits from national heroes Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig, and the construction of our opulent Orpheum Theatre during the movie palace boom. This year’s programming spotlights local connections to bring the exhilarating summer of 1927 home for Siouxlanders.

In planning this year’s activities, I’ve been very fortunate to work with amazing people from our community. The support and feedback has been wonderful. Together, we’ve built fun and educational events to expand the reading experience. I’m confident you will agree. So grab a copy of the book and join us in exploring One Summer: America, 1927.

Best Wishes,

Kelsey Patterson

One Book One Siouxland

“Siouxland” is the geographic area where Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota meet. The planning committee named the tri-state area’s reading program “One Book One Siouxland” to reflect the sense of a regional connectedness generated by this shared experience of reading and discussing the same book and the same universal human issues and values.

History of the Project

Community-wide reading programs began, essentially, in 1998 with an idea called, “If All of Seattle Read One Book.” Since then, similar programs have grown into an exciting and effective way to promote literacy and to foster community interactions. Today, numerous states and hundreds of cities have embraced the idea of bringing communities together through a shared reading experience.

The 2016 Planning Committee

Margot Chesebro, Volunteer

Mara Dekat, WITCC LifeLong Learning Coordinator

Linda Healy, Volunteer

Marty Knepper, Volunteer

Gary Lipshutz, Volunteer

Shirley McArdle, Volunteer

Bill McKenny, Volunteer

Mark Munger, KWIT arts producer

Marlene VanderWiel, Volunteer

Sioux City (Iowa) Public Library

Kelsey Patterson, Reader Services Specialist

Donna Brooks, Communications Specialist

South Sioux City (Nebraska) Public Library

Dave Mixdorf, Director

Dan Nieman, Assistant Director

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